The WFDF 2019 Asia Oceanic Ultimate & Guts Championships start in Shanghai
he first games of the WFDF 2019 Asia Oceanic Ultimate and Guts Championships (AOUGC) started in Shanghai on Tuesday, 23 July 2019. Running through Saturday 27 July, this five day event is being held at Shanghai Community Sports Club in Shanghai Gaohang Sunland, People’s Republic of China.
Over 525 athletes from 11 countries will compete for the gold medal for the Asian Oceanic Ultimate Championship across three divisions. There will be 7 Men’s, 7 Women’s, and 11 Mixed gender teams competing, from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand, and Chinese Taipei. There will also be 30 athletes from Japan, Chinese Taipei, and the USA competing in the WFDF 2019 Asia Guts Open (AGO), with the victor between Japan and Chinese Taipei also being crowned the Asian Oceanic Guts Champion.
“WFDF is excited to have the support of the not-for-profit organization Shanghai Ruikebi Youth Club (Sports for All) which offers structured sports coaching to over 8,000 Chinese children per week with an aim of improving the health and physical development of children through regular structured sports coaching,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “This event, with the support of SFA, has the opportunity to introduce the sport of Flying Disc to the sports youth of the People’s Republic of China.”
The event is being run by the Ningbo Flying Disc Centre (NBFDC) and the Shanghai Ruikebi Youth Sports Club (Sports for All) with the support of the Ultimate Association of China (UAC) and the Shanghai Ultimate Players Association (SUPA). The Tournament Organizing Committee team is being led by Zhixing Xue who has been involved with the organization of multiple China National Championships, is the director of youth development for the UAC, and has himself participated at world level WUGC and WUCC Ultimate events.
Alongside AOUGC, WFDF’s Women in Sport Commission is hosting a workshop on women in sport, equality and leadership. The workshop will provide participants with new language and a framework to take home, so that they can work towards tangible results: attracting, keeping and nurturing female athletes, coaches and managers.
Select games will be live-streamed from Shanghai. They can be viewed on WFDF’s YouTube at www.youtube.com/WFDFChannel