The World Flying Disc Federation (“WFDF”) is hosting its inaugural World Wheelchair Ultimate Championships. The event is being held at the Bella Italia Efa Village in Lignano Sabbiadoro from 29-30 September 2023 and four teams are participating with two teams from Italy, one team from Germany, and an “international” team with its core group from Japan.
“Today history was made with the first international Wheelchair Ultimate Games ever, with Germany securing the first win ever in an international event in the discipline against Italy Blue by a score of 9-7. The innovation of a WFDF International team proved to be a fantastic concept with Team WFDF INT coming out with a convincing victory over Italy White 10-4,“ said WFDF Secretary General and Parasport Commission chair Volker Bernardi. “Each team will play two more matches tomorrow in this round robin format, finishing up with semifinals and finals rounds in tomorrow’s packed schedule. We are looking forward to crowning the first WFDF WWUC champion tomorrow.”
“As a first test of the Wheelchair Ultimate discipline, WFDF has clearly demonstrated the competitive potential to our members,“ added WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “We are looking forward to the next edition in 2025 already, where we expect a minimum of eight countries to participate after this tremendous start in Italy. Our thanks go to the Local Organizing Committee led by Salvatore Comis, the head of the Flying Disc section of our Italian member NF FIGeST, to CONI, the Italian Paralympic Committee and the Italian Sport For all Federation for all their organizational support, and especially to the athletes from Italy, Germany and Japan for their enthusiasm and commitment.”