Kim Spragg was not meant to play in the Australian Ultimate League this season.
But time spent away from the sport and a chance opportunity means she is enjoying her Ultimate more than ever.
The 25-year-old has been a dominant handler in women’s Ultimate for some time.
She has enjoyed success, playing for Australia in 2012, 2013 and 2018 for national women’s sides.
Kim has also travelled overseas for the World Ultimate and Guts Championships and the World Ultimate Club Championships.
Time away from Ultimate
In 2018, after playing for the Canberra Freeze, Kim decided to spend a bit of time away from the game.
That was until the Adelaide Dragons came knocking.
“I came in as an injury sub, I hadn’t intended on playing,” she said.
“But they gave me an offer that was too enticing to refuse.
“I was having a bit of a break and enjoying the break. Now I am really excited to be playing for Adelaide.”
Adapting to mixed Ultimate
By her own admission, the 2018 AUL season was a challenging experience for Kim.
She was used to being a dominant player in women’s competitions and struggled to achieve that dominance in mixed competition.
But after a break and coming back with a fresh mindset, she is ready to overcome those challenges.
“I loved playing women’s Ultimate and I was a relatively dominant handler,” she said.
“That doesn’t necessarily translate to the mixed environment.
“There were male players that were more dominant.
“So it was a matter of managing and changing my view of what success was like in a game.
“In the women’s game, I might judge success on getting the disc more, distributing it and controlling the tempo.
“In mixed, I am concentrating on retaining possession and offering really good options.”