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European Youth Player of the Year Award Winners!


Here it is, the moment you've all been waiting for. We are thrilled to finally announce the winners of the 2017 European Youth Player of the Year Award!

Men's Division Winner - Quentin Roger from France

Runner-up - Benjamin Oort from The Netherlands

Women's Division Winner Levke Walczak from Germany

Runners-up (tie) - Caroline Tisson from Germany & Ksenia Yasalova from Russia

Quentin Roger plays for Tchac and also represented France in the men's division at this year's Beach Worlds in Royan. He began playing at the age of 9, and has represented France in the junior division 5 times, as well as in the senior division 3 times (EUC 2015, WUGC 2016, and WCBU 2017). He has won French Nationals with Tchac multiple times, and has also played at EUCF with Tchac and CUSB La Fotta. His athleticism, throws, and smart playing skills are on great display in his video, and we are honoured to give him this award!

Levke Walczak has played with several clubs in Germany and Denmark, and has represented Germany with their U20 Women's team and U23 Mixed teams previously. She is now gearing up for WU24s in Perth as one of the captains of the German Mixed Team. She began playing in 2014 at the age of 18, and qualified for the U23 Mixed team and U20 Women's team just a few months after starting her ultimate career. Levke's athleticism and field awareness has seen her grow quickly as a player, and we are very excited to present her with this award!

We'd also like to extend a HUGE Thank You to our judging panel, who took time out of their busy lives to review all these videos and make thoughtful choices about who should win this year's award. Thank you so much to Kate Barabanova, Johan 'Bommie' Bommerez, Mark Earley, Justin Foord, Olivia Hauser, Nasser M’Bae Vogel, Octavia Payne, Nici Prien and Leo Sonneveldt.

And finally, thank you so much to all the athletes who participated in this year's competition! We absolutely loved receiving all your videos and were impressed by each and every one of you. We are already looking forward to next year!

And if you haven't already, you can check out all the video entries here.

Photos by Get Horizontal

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