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Ultimate fun

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ESSEX, Vt. -

It's frisbee flinging fun in Essex.

"It looks awesome in the air," coach Lorraine Carter Lovejoy said. "And it's very competitive on the ground, even though the atmosphere is a little more laid back than most sports.

"A lot of people call it a hippie sport, that's mainly because there's no refs and you ref using the spirit of the game."

And it's not just Vermonters that have caught onto the competitive spirit of ultimate frisbee. It's the fastest growing youth sport in the country.

"My school didn't have a team, but it was great that when I went to college I started playing," Carter Lovejoy said. "It's awesome now to pass that on and give these kids the opportunity to play."

"A lot of these kids haven't played at all before and a couple of practices, they don't really get it but when you're playing seven games in one weekend you pick it up pretty fast and figure out how to do it."

The Champlainships are just an appetizer for the main course in a couple of weeks, the Ultimate state championships at Lyndon.

"Our school won the state championship a couple of weeks ago and since then a bunch of other schools such as BFA-Fairfax, Burlington, South Burlington all got teams," participant Eli Hulce said.

"They kind of pushed us out of the lead a little bit, but it's great to see that Ultimate is picking up in popularity."

And who knows, maybe one day we'll see some of these athletes on a larger field.

"Really hoping that it gets into the Olympics," Hulce said. "That would be really fun to watch."

While it would be cool to one day be awarded a gold, silver or bronze disc, for now these kids are just happy spinning a plastic one. In Essex, Scott Fleishman channel 3 spotlight on sports.

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