AHS grad competes in ultimate frisbee tourney

Published 10:17 am Monday, August 11, 2014

An Austin native competed in a high-level ultimate frisbee tournament in Italy.



Kylie Tapp Brown, of Coventry, United Kingdom, is representing the UK in the Women’s Masters division at the World Ultimate Club Championships in Lecco, Italy, about 30 miles north of Milan.

Her team, ROBOT, placed sixth out of nine as of Friday with a 4-4 record.

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“She told us, I think it must have been March, that she had made the women’s masters team to play in the World Ultimate Club Championships,” said Brown’s mother, Catherine Bates. “I’m like, ‘Wow, that’s really cool.’”

This is the first time Brown has played in an ultimate frisbee world championship, according to Bates. Brown also played in the World Junior Ultimate Club Championship after she graduated from Austin High School in 1999.

Brown was a three-sport athlete in high school, where she played volleyball and basketball, and ran in track. Yet she discovered ultimate frisbee after she transferred to Austin from Hayfield High School and found a passion to play.

“She started playing it more and more and just really liked it,” Bates said.

Brown went to Winona State University and eventually ended up in the UK. She and her husband, a UK native, work for the University of Warwick.

Brown and ROBOT were in the championship tournament through Sunday.