Snare bronze at worlds

Two former South West Academy of Sport athletes now living on opposite sides of the country recently reunited on the world stage to help secure a medal for Australia.

Ash Evans and Brendon Canzirri, who competed together in junior South West basketball during their teenage years, were part of the Australian team which finished third at the WFDF 2018 World Under-24 Ultimate Championships held in Perth last month.

The international tournament, now in its fourth year, is considered the pinnacle for those in the under-24 age group playing the sport.

The fourth edition of the event attracted a total of 41 teams from 20 countries when it was played out at the UWA Sports Park from January 7 to 13.

Sydney-based Evans, who has donned the green and gold four times for the sport, paid tribute to his teammates when he said winning the medal was the highlight of his flying disc career.

“Wouldn’t have thought that would ever happen until I met this group of guys and started training together,” Evans said.

Perth university student Canzirri, who was nudged into taking up the sport by Evans’ parents in 2015, said his experience at the championships beat all expectations.

“My home ground as such was transformed into something great and it was amazing being able to represent Australia in front of family and friends,” Canzirri said.

“The level of competition was something I hadn’t experienced before.

“The pure athleticism, skill and just some of the things people can make a piece of plastic do was incredible.

“Usually you play teams on a state or national level and you know each team might have a few stronger players you need to watch out for, but at worlds you can be sure that every player on the roster has the ability to punish you.

“Being able to reunite with Ash on the world stage and bring home a medal was amazing.”