The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) today announced the appointment of the Spirit of the Game Directors for the 2015 BULA & WFDF World Championships of Beach Ultimate (www.wcbu2015.org): Richard Moore from Australia will be the Spirit Director and Kate Barabanova from Russia will be the Assistant Spirit Director.
The highly anticipated event will be held 8-13 March 2015 in Dubai and will host over 1,000 athletes from 25 countries who will compete in the fully self-refereed team sport of Beach Ultimate. As for all flying disc sports, Spirit of the Game (SOTG) is the most important rule. It involves elements such as fair play, rules knowledge and the respect that players hold for one-another.
Richard and Kate are both members of the WFDF Spirit of the Game Committee. Their role will be to continue to educate players about the importance of SOTG and run the SOTG Scoring system. This includes collecting all spirit scores and publishing the scores online so that participants can review all scores and see their Spirit score ranking.
Richard, an Ultimate player for over sixteen years, remarked, “I’m incredibly excited and honoured to have this opportunity to help the Tournament Organizing Committee to make this a successful, highly competitive, highly spirited and enjoyable tournament for all participants”.
Richard Moore has helped to organise teams and tournaments in Sydney and London, including his present club, Darlinghurst Ultimate Frisbee Federation (DUFF). Most recently he helped the SOTG committee to write and edit the SOTG Scoring Examples document, intended as a teaching aid and reference guide for players at all levels of the sport.
Kate Barabanova (known fondly to her friends at home and abroad as “Russian Kate”) started playing Ultimate in 2001 and joined the Moscow women’s club Brilliance in 2008. She is the Development Manager for the Russian Flying Disc Federation (RFDF) and organized the SOTG Conference at 2014 World Club Championships. This conference was filmed by RISE UP Ultimate and will soon be released to the community to view for free online.
Kate and Richard will liaise with all team Spirit Captains before and during the tournament. They will host a spirit captains meeting and ensure that all players have the appropriate level of Rules Accreditation.
For more information about Spirit of the Game: www.wfdf.org/sotg/about-sotg .