Annie Jessop may be new to the Australian Ultimate League, but she already has chemistry with her Perth Power teammates.

The 26-year-old is one of four new faces at the Power this AUL season after she was drafted as the No.2 pick.

Perth has taken a very local approach to recruitment, including Jessop who plays for Western Australian club Sublime.

She brings plenty of skill to the Power this year after previously representing her country with the 2012 Junior Australian Women’s Team, the 2013 U23 Australian Women’s Team, the 2015 U23 Australian Women’s Team and the 2019 Australian Mixed Team.

And Annie already knows most of her teammates from the local competitions – which makes her a perfect fit.

Ready to take on the AUL

Annie said she was looking forward to making the step up to the AUL.

“It is the highest quality of filmed Australian Ultimate that there currently is,” Annie said.

“The AUL committee has put in an enormous effort to produce an entertaining and high-quality product with excellent filming, commentating and playing.

“The product promotes fantastic values around gender equity in sport and is definitely something worth supporting.”

Gender equity that transcends sport

Annie said the AUL also helped promote better lifestyles for young women.

“Playing sport is a wonderful way to help people live a balanced life and to stay healthy so ensuring that all genders are able to access sport in an environment that is comfortable to them is important,” she said.

“In terms of gender equity in professional sports I think that regardless of gender, people should be rewarded for the work that they put into their sport.

“Many females work just as hard if not harder than their male counterparts and that work should be rewarded.”

A step in the right direction

Annie said the AUL, which has modified rules and six-a-side competition instead of the regular seven-a-side in Ultimate, was a step towards real accessibility to the sport.

“I think one of the great things about our sport is that it is so accessible to people from any demographic,” she said.

“I think what the future holds for our sport is that we will have many different versions of Ultimate with different rules and regulations to fit the purpose.

“We are already seeing this with the AUL and the AUDL where the rules of the game have been changed in a way that makes the sport more easily digestible for a viewer who knows nothing about it.”