The fact that frisbee is an international sport might surprise quite a few. A very small section of people in the country are avid enthusiasts of the sport with many local teams around the country. Among them is Pragna Prasad, a second PUC student from Mysuru. Pursuing her education in Sadvidya Composite PU College, Mysuru, she was introduced to the sport a few years ago by her brother Prajwal Prasad. Though she was selected for the National Women’s Team for an international tournament in London in June, she had to make a hard choice soon after the selection.
Participation in the international tournament required her to attend training camps all around the country before the London tournament. “But, since my Board exams were scheduled during the months of March-April, I thought it would be difficult to manage,” she said. She started playing the sport in October 2014, one of her friends too was interested in the sport. However, since there are only a handful of frisbee enthusiasts in Mysuru, finding a team to play for was not easy. With few others getting to know the sport, Team Girgitle was formed by them following which they started to practice quite regularly.
Pragna says that frisbee is a sport that “does not discriminate”. “In Mysuru, we used to play it as a mixed sport with both boys and girls playing for a side in the ratio of 3:4,” she said. Playing it in such a manner assisted her during the selection for the National Women’s team in 2015. Soon after the selection, though, she was in a dilemma — concentrate on academics or focus on sports. She wants to continue training despite the present obstacle and aspires to repesent the country in the coming year.
“The world Under-22 frisbee tournament will be held in a few months after the London tournament. I will have enough time to train and get selected for the U-22 tournament,” she added.
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