Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Ultimate Tournament- The Great Gwangju Uprising: Battle for Jeolla

Gwangju is the pink bit
For my last weekend in Seoul, I was fortunate to have timed it right for a final ultimate tournament in the South West of Korea. Gwangju took almost 4 hours to get to by bus, through the rice paddies and mountains along the coast. Gwangju is most famous for the 1980 Gwangju massacre, in which hundreds of Korean students were killed by army forces suppressing a pro-democracy demonstration. It remains the forefront of the democracy movement in Korea, and has a thriving youth population. We played at the beautiful Chonnam University fields.
This was a hat tournament, which means that each individual signed up and then was randomly assigned to form teams. New players had the chance to learn more about the sport, and experienced players got to mix up the roster for a bit. 

The groups were well matched and the games were fun. The weather also managed to hold off on raining for most of the weekend! 

It was great fun spent with great people. I'm going to miss playing ultimate frisbee in Korea!! 

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