Gypsies calling on new players to join in

CHANCE TO LEARN: The Inland Gypsies will be holding their first training session of the season this Sunday.  It will mark the first time a western NSW representative squad has trained in Bathurst. Photo: NICHOLAS KUILDER
CHANCE TO LEARN: The Inland Gypsies will be holding their first training session of the season this Sunday. It will mark the first time a western NSW representative squad has trained in Bathurst. Photo: NICHOLAS KUILDER

Female ultimate frisbee players from across Western NSW will gather in Bathurst next weekend for the Inland Gypsies’ first training session of the season.

The city has a long, proud history in the sport – the Bathurst Stampede, held each May at Learmonth Park, is the largest tournament in NSW outside of state and national championships.

But Sunday, December 10 will mark the first time a western NSW representative squad has trained in Bathurst.

From 10am at George Park players old and new will have the chance to learn from one of the region’s top talents – NSW under-22 men’s coach, and Gyspies founder, Ashleigh Boatman.

Former CSU Bathurst student and Lithgow resident Kristy Kimber said ultimate frisbee was a fantastic sport that encourages women of all ages and fitness levels to have a go.

“We gather, train and play in different regional towns to promote equity and provide opportunities for women in regional areas,” she said.

“Ultimate frisbee is easy to learn and has a great community around it, which makes it a lot of fun.”

We want to expand our player base and exposure around western NSW.

Ashleigh Boatman

Boatman said Bathurst’s strong sporting culture made it an ideal location for the Gypsies to train and hopefully unlock some new talent.

“We want to expand our player base and exposure around western NSW,” she said.

“We think bringing our training to Bathurst will help to achieve that.”

Ultimate frisbee is a seven-a-side, non-contact team sport played on a rectangular field. Players can’t run with the frisbee, but have to pass it between themselves and try to catch it in one of two end zones.

The Gypsies will be training at George Park, Bathurst from 10am on Sunday, December 10.

Anyone interested in giving ultimate frisbee a try is invited to swing by.