Sounds of cheering, yelling and even a few tears when Palmer Secondary’s ultimate frisbee team took first place in a regional tournament last week.
The co-ed team competed in the Regional South Fraser Senior AA Division Tournament, which took place at Hugh Boyd Secondary on May 12, beating Surrey Christian Secondary School 8-4 in the final.
Team manager Matthew Li said smiles and hugs were going around non-stop.
“All the sweat and tears. Everyone was emotional,” said Li.
“There was a big sense of achievement that we got a physical award.”
Like many school sports, ultimate frisbee was put on hold for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He added that winning regionals after these two years means their practices paid off.
“We had a lot of new members join the team this year so we were practicing as much as we could.”
Li told the Richmond News that the final was a challenge because the opposition’s style of play was different from many of the Richmond school teams.
However, Palmer began to understand how Surrey Christian played and “saw through their strategy.”
Palmer will now be heading the B.C. School Sports AA Ultimate Provincials at Newton Athletic Park on May 26 and 27.