2021 Women’s Skills Series a success!

Ultimate NL recently clued up its second Women’s Skill Development Series! A total of 25 female-matching athletes participated in the series. The series ran for five weeks from May 5th – June 9th targeting female-matching players to help them improve their skills through group instruction and drills. Participants were divided into beginner and intermediate levels to better target the needs of each group. Each session focused on a different skill; with a range of topics, including backhand and forehand throwing, proper cutting techniques, and offensive and defensive strategies.

“All athletes who participated in the 2021 spring running of the Skills Series who provided feedback indicated that they enjoyed the sessions and felt that their skills improved over the series,” said Kathleen Sullivan, Ultimate NL’s sport development director.

The most recent running of the series introduced more game play based on feedback from previous participants who took part in the 2019 running of the series. Feedback also indicated that there was interest in further or similar opportunities to work on skills in the same capacity. The biggest complaint was that we didn’t have enough time to practice all the new skills.

“I am pleased with how the series went, with a number of participants attending the sessions every week to improve their skills,” said Kathleen Sullivan. “It was amazing to see how much people improved their skills in such a short time frame!”

Kathleen Sullivan, right, with Sophie Blais, left, demonstrates “pivot point” skill

Thank you to each participant who came eager to learn and improve on their skills, and to all the committed, knowledgeable facilitators (Jess Wade, Melissa Wheeler, Sophie Blais, Hilary Walsh, Gina Reid, Kari Jenkins and Rosie Myers) for helping to run the sessions!   

Be on the lookout for more offerings of the Women’s Skills Development Series!

The funding for the Women’s Skill Development Series was provided by the Community Healthy Living Fund (CHLF) from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation, Gov NL. The CHLF provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, communities and schools to support active healthy living incentives.