Kirkland’s Carly Campana dives for the disc at nationals in Poland in 2016. Photo courtesy of Will Daugherty.

Kirkland’s Carly Campana dives for the disc at nationals in Poland in 2016. Photo courtesy of Will Daugherty.

Jemal, Campana dive onto USA Junior National ultimate teams

Three Cedars Waldorf coach is blessed to have guided the duo along their journey.

Two former Three Cedars Waldorf School students have followed the flying disc into the ultimate spotlight.

Adam Jemal of Bellevue made the 2018 USA Junior National men’s under-20 ultimate team and Carly Campana of Kirkland dove onto the women’s under-20 squad for the second straight year.

The non-contact sport is played with a flying disc, and points are scored when a team catches the disc in its opponent’s end zone.

Three Cedars Waldorf ultimate coach Gavin Sing said he’s blessed to have guided Jemal and Campana along their athletic journey.

“If anything, I hope that my short time with them helped them to become more independent and to believe in their own strength,” Sing said.

At Three Cedars, Sing could tell that Jemal had a knack for the sport and didn’t rest on his natural talent to shine in ultimate.

“I know he has worked very hard to get where he is, from other training camps, to organizing his own mini small practices when school wasn’t in session to asking for advice from other coaches,” Sing said.

Campana began playing ultimate in sixth grade after being introduced to the sport by some friends who played the game. Along with intensity and sportsmanship, she appreciates the space that ultimate creates to be both competitive and “spirited.”

“Ultimate is a really great game,” she said. “Plus, the ultimate community in Seattle is so genuine, supportive and inspiring. I enjoy playing so much because of the people I’ve met through this sport.”

Two years ago, Junior Worlds were held in Wroclaw, Poland, where the boys won gold and the girls snagged silver. This year, worlds will be held Aug. 19-25 in Waterloo, Ontario, in Canada.

The 48 athletes named to the two Junior National team rosters – men’s and women’s – are some of the world’s best youth ultimate players. The final rosters were selected after two weekends of tryouts that included more than 200 athletes, who were selected from a pool of nearly 400 initial applicants.

Junior Worlds, which represents the 18th edition of the tournament, is expected to host 37 teams and approximately 1,000 athletes from 19 countries.

“This is a fantastic sport that builds character and requires a strong spirit element. The sport is self-officiated, which makes it unique. Bill Nye has predicted it will be the game of the future,” reads a press release.

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