Adelaide has turned to 24 years of Ultimate experience in their bid to ignite their Australian Ultimate League season in 2019.

After a season to forget in 2018 – where the Dragons went winless through their maiden AUL campaign – veteran Diana Worman has been added to the roster.

Born in Winchester in the UK, Worman competed in athletics and badminton at County level until 1995 when she went to university.

It was there that met the captain of the Ultimate team and she threw with him every day for a year until he finally succeeded in signing her up.

With breaks to raise her three children in between, Worman has now been playing for 24 years including representing Great Britain and Australia with the Firetails and Crocs.

The wily handler from Manly on Sydney’s northern beaches will bring a wealth of experience to Adelaide, which has turned to veterans like Worman and Kim Spragg to help bolster their roster.

Worman’s Ultimate reason to join the AUL

Being a role model is important for Worman and she views the AUL as an ideal platform to show young people that gender equity in sport can not only be achieved, but deliver a first-class product.

“As a mother to three boys, I want to be a positive female role model for them,” she said.

“So, when I step out on the AUL field I can show them men and women competing together with skill, athleticism and respect.

“How awesome to be able to show them this doing one of the things I love the most.”

AUL delivers true gender equity

While Ultimate as a sport has always strived for gender equity and empowering women athletes, the AUL has taken the concept further.

Worman said she was looking forward to being part of an exciting product that was giving women even more opportunities to compete at the highest level.

“The AUL has recognised the potential of our (relatively new) sport to be a true showcase of gender equitable sport,” she said.

“They have made thoughtful tweaks to the game’s structure to remove obvious bias – for example, reducing the team size to six-a-side.

“They’ve established a precedent for a male and female coaching team who provide balance and insight into the strengths of both gender.

“I like the attention to language and behaviour both on and off field – they are really leading the field in this respect. Add in to this some of the finest athletes in the sport participating, what’s not to like?”