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September 14, 2011
The Smith River Sports Complex will host one of the largest women's Ultimate Frisbee tournaments in the country this weekend.

The Virginia Fusion tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday, bringing teams from all over the country and Canada to Martinsville and Henry County. More than 900 athletes are expected to participate.

"We are excited to host our first Ultimate Frisbee event. With teams coming from all over the country, this is truly a great event to showcase our facility to so many different visitors," said Billy Russo, director of operations for the Smith River Sports Complex, in a news release.

Tournament play will start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, and rounds will be played all day with the last one beginning at 7 p.m. The first round Sunday will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the last round will end at 3:30 p.m., with the Elite Championship game starting at 2:15 p.m.

There are three competition levels in ultimate: Club, Elite Club and College. Eight of the top-10 finishers at last year's USA Ultimate Club Championships will be in attendance in the Elite Club division, and a number of regionally and locally competitive teams will participate in the Club and College divisions. College teams will include Duke, Penn State, Virginia, William & Mary, Clemson, James Madison, Rutgers and many others.

Without Limits, an organization dedicated to creating and developing opportunities for women ultimate players, will co-host this tournament along with two teams, Colorado-based Molly Brown and Massachusetts-based Smith College LunaDisc. In an attempt to further their goal of growing the sport, they will run both a skills clinic and a networking event at the tournament.

The teams hope to use ultimate as a way to build bridges of understanding and community for players from different social and cultural backgrounds.

"Without Limits is thrilled to be bringing Virginia Fusion to Martinsville. We look forward to bringing some of the best teams in the country together, as well as creating some valuable skills clinic and community building opportunities," said Michelle Ng, co-founder of Without Limits and member of Molly Brown.

Admission is free, and concessions will be open.

For more information about the event and Ultimate Frisbee, visit www.withoutlimits.com, www.usaultimate.org or www.southernvirginiasports.com, or contact Amanda Gray at 638-1387.