Representing your country against the best athletes in the world is a daunting enough prospect.
However, at just 15-years-old the challenge becomes even more intimidating.
This is the reality for Nelsonian Harry Edwards, who will be the youngest member of the New Zealand U20 Ultimate squad heading to Sweden in July for the World Ultimate Junior Championships.
Despite his youth, Harry is not fazed by what awaits him.
The Nelson College student took up the game, played using a frisbee disk, just over a year ago.
“I saw people playing at the park one day and at the time I wasn’t playing any sports, so I thought ‘that looks fun, I could take that up.’”
He has enjoyed a rapid ascension ever since.
Harry came on to the national selector’s radar during a youth tournament in New Plymouth.
From there he was invited to join the U20 side known as the ‘Katipo.’
“I never thought I’d make it, I was very surprised.”
Harry has already had a taste of international action, when he went to Manila for a tournament in December.
But come July, the competition increases even more with the world champion American side joining the fray.
“There is a lot of hard work and training to do,” says Harry.
“It’s quite daunting being the youngest player but I get along well with the other guys and learn heaps.”
Harry says he loves the speed and camaraderie of the game.
“It’s very fast paced, there is a lot of teamwork involved and the atmosphere is great.”
As a minority sport, the Sweden trip won’t come cheap for Harry. Players have to raise about $7000 each.
“I am still looking for a job and I am doing several fundraisers like making and selling baking at school and quiz nights with my club.”
Harry says his dream would be to earn a scholarship to the United States where he could study and play ultimate.
To help Harry in his quest to get to Sweden visit his Givealittle Page.