As Megan Edwards neared the end of her local schooling at Rangiora High School in 2015 little did she know that her sporting world was about to dramatically change with an introduction by brother Scott into the world of Ultimate Frisbee.
Megan’s first meeting into her new sport was met with an instant approval. Prior to that it had been a diet of the more traditional sports of Tennis, Football, Netball and Basketball.
Ultimate Frisbee, is a physically demanding game for only the fit and robust. It has 18 players in any one team. Nationally there are around 25 teams registered that involve some 500 people.
Apart from the throwing of a Frisbee amongst friends at picnic and outdoor social occasions the thought of engaging in a competitive situation that involved the Frisbee had never entered Megan’s head. Success was almost immediate and she was selected for a New Zealand Under 20 side to play in the 2016 World junior championships in Poland. In the same year she won the Rangiora High senior tennis title and received an “oak” award from the school for her sporting achievements.
The adventure to Poland netted a sixth place for the New Zealand side along with a victory over Australia.
Although then attending Massey University, Megan played for her victorious Christchurch club side the “Chicks” at the 2017 national championships. This victory entitled them to attend the 2018 world club championship in Cincinnati, a tournament where they emerged with the “ team spirit “award. Megan for her part at the 2018 local mixed nationals won the female MVP (most valuable player) award.
Advance to 2019, where she won the woman’s MVP at the mixed nationals and attended the under 24-world championships in Heidelberg, Germany. The climax came after being selected for the New Zealand woman’s open team that will contest the world championships in the Netherlands in 2020. Being a minor sport on the New Zealand scene, overseas competition is costly for the competitors who have to largely front up with their own funds.
Words: Lindsay Kerr