Six of the Swa boys were invited the join the Vietnam HAT in Ho Chi Minh City in December 2013. This was the very first time that a group of Cambodian players participated in an international Frisbee competition. And as for some of them, this was their first time crossing the border. This trip was a life changing experience for all of them especially in how they look at Frisbee and its community.
A HAT tournament is one where people are grouped based on their skill level and experience. So all of the boys were split up into different teams, wearing different color jerseys, and of course compete against each other. Many of them were nervous and excited to be separated but they were ready. Before the tournament, the boys rarely had real practices and experience playing in a team let alone joining a big group of international Frisbee players. But they did a wonderful job! Many of their team members took the team to teach the boys and allow them to make mistakes on the field. Our boys played their hearts out. By the end of the tournament, they have learned many new skills, tricks, and rule of the game. They were anxious to return and share those with their teammates. Finally, this tournament was definitely a turning point for them. After returning, they wanted to form a real team. They put way more efforts and time into practice and always look for ways to improve their skills. Because of their enthusiasm, the Swa team have recruited more members and continue to receive praises from members of the Frisbee community.
More photos here.