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The Ultimate Frisbee dream

Jodie Palmer

Master of Exercise Science student


Not only is Jodie working towards her degree, she's also preparing for the World Ultimate Championships in London in June 2016.

Jodie began playing Ultimate Frisbee in 2009 after her cousins introduced her to the sport and she fell in love with it.  Shortly after, Jodie made her first Australian team and represented the country at the World Junior Ultimate Championships in Germany in 2010. Since then, Jodie has represented Australia on multiple occasions. 

“My dream growing up was always to represent my country in some kind of sport. Unfortunately, I was pretty good at every sport I played, but was never exceptionally good at anything. I think that's why I fit into Ultimate so well. It combines elements of many different sports, so it turned out to be perfect for me.”

“My goal ever since I realised I was half decent at this sport was to make the open age Australian women's team. I wanted to represent my country at the highest possible level in the women's division and I wanted to be one of the best players in the country. I thought my best shot would be for the championships in 2020 but, after a lot of hard work, I managed to make the team for 2016.”

Jodie Palmer

Starting her degree at UWA this year, Jodie says being a student has reinforced her passion for sport science.

“UWA is an incredible university. We have an amazing campus, wonderful facilities and very experienced and knowledgeable staff. I feel very lucky to be able to study at UWA. I love playing Ultimate here too.”

“The UWA Ultimate Club is incredibly supportive and welcoming and makes me feel like I've been here for much longer than a semester.”

It’s no easy feat for Jodie though, managing her uni work with training and competing. All Australian representatives in ultimate are self-funded, without any support. Over her five campaigns Jodie has had to earn and fundraise more than $36,000 just to compete. Trying to study full-time, achieve good results and earn that amount of money is something Jodie describes as “amazingly difficult". Usually she’s away for two to three weeks for each international campaign, which once meant missing three weeks of uni in the middle of the semester and three times meant getting exams moved. 

Still, Jodie makes it work, determined to succeed in academic matters and on the field.

“Be patient when trying to work out what you want to do. If it takes you longer to finish your degree because you want to travel or take time off, that's fine. It might take you your whole life to find out what your passion is and that's okay. If you're lucky enough to have found it already, go after it with everything you've got.”

“Everyone gets knocked down and everyone faces obstacles in whatever they're doing. The most important thing is to not be discouraged.” 

Support Jodie and follow her Ultimate Frisbee journey here.

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