Paintball history was made in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, October 6 during the 2013 National Professional Paintball League (NPPL) World Championships. This was the first time in the history of the NPPL that an all-female paintball team has won a non-segregated national championship on North American soil in the history of paintball!
The winning team is known as Destiny. Destiny is owned and operated by the paintball icon, Bea Youngs. Bea Youngs is one of the most recognizable female players in the sport today. In addition to being team owner, she is also on Destiny's active player roster.
Another familiar name in Destiny’s lineup is Kat Secor. Kat Secor is Destiny's Team Captain. She is an original Destiny member, having played with the team from 2005-2007. After a hiatus, she returned to Destiny in 2012 and became Team Captain in 2013.
Completing the 2013 Las Vegas Championships roster were Linh Truong, Dee Tucker, Mikaela Wilkins, Caren Urduja. Lacuesta Torrente, and guest player Linn Andersen Askevold, from the All-Female Norwegian Team Poison Ivy.
The NPPL is one of two American national paintball tournament series that hosts events all across the United States each year. During the 2012 National Professional Paintball League World Championships also held in Las Vegas, Destiny actually came in 2nd place. These fierce women proved they were a force to be reckoned with. Destiny had proved they were a contending team and were looking to step it up at this year's event, hungry for a 1st place finish this year!
Kat Secor “Some people look at our team and our players and think that we will not be able to win, that our team does not stand out because we don’t have “superstar players”. But this 1st place win proves that superstar players don’t always mean victory. Rather it is the sum of the parts, and teamwork, that bring victory. Proving our place in this male dominant sport is a wonderful feeling.”
Destiny isn’t just making headlines in the United States. In 2012 the team competed in Malaysia, in early 2013 in Thailand, and coming up this November they will travel to Australia to compete.
Team Captain, Kat Secor also wants people to know that while winning is a goal, that their role in paintball has a larger impact on the sport in general. “Destiny wants to be positive role models for women in paintball. We want to be competitive athletes and win events, but also we want to encourage more women to get into paintball, teach new players, participate in charity events, and overall promote the sport.”
Destiny owner and founder Bea Youngs also had this to say: " Thank you to all our supporters and friends! We really appreciate the way you believe in our cause - to prove women can compete and participate in paintball, and WIN, too!!”
The ladies of Destiny wanted to also mention they couldn’t do it without the help of their sponsors Andy Potter and Gino Postorivo at Valken, Anthrax Paintball, Virtue Paintball, R7 Replay, Social Paintball, RSH Media, PaintballPhotography.com, Tykoon Designs, Exotic Tan, LA Hitmen
For more information on Paintball and Destiny check out these websites:
NPPL Website: www.nppl.com
Destiny Website: www.destinypaintball.com
Destiny Facebook: www.facebook.com/DestinyPaintball