On weekdays, Steven Lee can be found behind the editor's desk of Hong Kong Lawyer, dressed in the corporate uniform of suit and tie. On most weekends, however, the solicitor dons cleats and shorts to chase a flying plastic disc across a field. As president of the Hong Kong Ultimate Players' Association, he is usually tossing it up with other frisbee enthusiasts. In ultimate frisbee, two teams of seven players attempt to score by catching the disc within the other team's goal area, also known as the end zone. Players are not allowed to run with the disc, and must advance the frisbee by throwing it to their teammates. Dropping the frisbee, throwing it out of bounds or having it intercepted or swatted down results in a turnover to the other team. Ultimate frisbee has its origins in 1968 in the US and is now played competitively by about 35,000 amateur athletes in 40 countries around the world. It made its Asian Games debut in Akita, Japan, three years ago. Mr Lee said that while ultimate frisbee quickly became a fiercely competitive sport in the United States, Asian ultimate still retains the carefree attitude that first gave rise to the sport, in which players referee themselves. 'Ultimate in Asia is like ultimate was in the United States 20 years ago, I think. It's still competitive but more casual.' That free-spirited nature of the game manifests itself nowhere better than at the parties that accompany all Asian ultimate tournaments, which generally run over a weekend. 'Ah, the parties,' Mr Lee recalled. 'I'd love to tell some good stories, but I think the best thing for me to do is stick to the old creed: what happens at the party stays at the party.' He did reveal that most Asian ultimate parties have an overall theme, with teammates co-ordinating their party costumes. 'A couple years ago the party theme for the Singapore tournament was the 1980s, so the Hong Kong team's theme was 80s punk - you know, torn clothes, hair sticking up, safety pins and all that.' Party antics aside, the Hong Kong team takes its tournaments seriously. The team won the Manila tournament last November, and recently reached the semi-finals of the Shanghai tournament before being eliminated by Singapore. Members hope to avenge their defeat at Singapore's home tournament next month. As president, Mr Lee is responsible for organising venues, setting up spring and autumn leagues, arranging for an annual Asian tournament in Hong Kong, maintaining an e-mail list to keep everyone informed - and, ultimately, increasing ultimate frisbee's profile in Hong Kong. He also hopes to recruit more local players and liaise with schools. 'We want to raise awareness about the sport. It's a magnificent game and wonderful exercise, but too many people in Hong Kong aren't even aware that there is such a thing as ultimate frisbee. 'Practically, it can be as simple as printing out name cards and fliers that players can give to people they meet.' He added: 'I suppose we could circulate some risque party photos to pique peoples' interest.'