Brendon Canzirri

Fresh from a top three finish at the Asia-Oceanic Ultimate and Guts Club Championships, former South West Academy of Sport athlete Brendon Canzirri has his eyes set on placing at next year’s world championships.

The 22-year-old was part of the under-24 Australian men’s team which earlier this month scored a top three finish at the championships in Manila.

Canzirri said he didn’t necessarily expect to win going into the tournament and is delighted with the result.

“It was pretty incredible,” he said.

“We were more looking at it as a warm-up to the world championships.”

Come January, Canzirri and his Australian side will be one of at least 35 teams and 700 athletes from around the globe contesting the WFDF 2018 World Under-24 Ultimate Championships in Perth.

And as if competing on the world-stage wasn’t enough of an achievement on its own, the Bunbury-raised Curtin University geophysics student is also finding success as a coach to younger players.

In July, he coached an under-18 WA team which claimed bronze at the Australian youth national championships in Melbourne.

Canzirri was originally in SWAS for basketball, but got into ultimate frisbee when the basketball team he was set to play for at an Australian University Games was cancelled.

With his flights already booked to go to the Gold Coast, he decided to sign up with an ultimate frisbee team so he could still be part of the action.