“I am feeling very optimistic about the upcoming year. We have four new faces and five returning board members, and there’s a noticeable level of liveliness and excitement,” says Melissa Wheeler, who was elected for her second term as president. “We’re all very eager to start planning our leagues, clinics and other initiatives for the year ahead.”
The new board consists of:
President: Melissa Wheeler
Vice-president: Rachael Fitkowski
Treasurer: Hilary Walsh
Secretary: Rosie Myers
Members at large: Jessica Mandville, Nicole Bishop, Jennica Seiden, Meghan Hollett and Sophie Blais
Outgoing members are Erin Daly as former president and member at large and Sarah Hoddinott as secretary. Daly has served eight years in various positions on the board while Hoddinott served two years.
SWURL is one of the longest running women’s leagues in Canada.
The fourth annual MAUL/SWURL holiday charity game raised $800 and over 400 non-perishable food items for Bridges to Hope.
The St. John’s-based non-profit organization offers several programs aimed at providing food aid assistance to citizens in the Northeast Avalon region. These include a food pantry, community kitchen and community outreach and education.
“This game is a highlight for many players in our leagues,” says Melissa Wheeler, SWURL president. “It’s a great opportunity for our players, as well as players that have returned home for the holidays, to get together and play a game for fun with the intent of giving back to the community. SWURL and MAUL provide the field space free of charge for any players that want to play in our charity games with the caveat that players bring cash or non-perishable food items that we can then bring to Bridges to Hope.”
“Being able to provide such a substantial donation each year is something that our leagues are very proud of, and our players continually impress us with their festive spirit and their generosity for those in need,” she adds.
“It’s heartwarming to see generosity of our members at this time of year, just one more example of what makes our community special,” says Nick House, president of MAUL. “We are grateful for their contribution to an important cause.”
With a mandate to grow the sport of ultimate among women in the province, SWURL added weekly skill development clinics to game nights to help female players improve their skills. Fifty-six players participated in the league.
On the final night of competition, Princess Layout took on Han Block in the championship, emerging the victor with a score of 15-3.
Jessica Mandville was named most valuable player for the winning team with Yolanda Kuai chosen as most spirited player.
Luke Skybattle also defeated Threwbacca for third place.
For more photos from SWURL’s summer league, click here.
SWURL is back! Register before March 28th for our Spring League 2018.
Sign up for SWURL for the 1st time and we will cover your Ultimate NL membership fee by offering you a $15 discount on your registration! Also, attend at least 5 games (including the finals!) for a chance to win great prizes! More details to come!
Dates: April 4th to May 9th 2018
Time: 9:30pm -10:30pm
Format: 4×4 indoor turf. Sign up in pairs or solo. We ask that competitive players sign up solo or with a new player to facilitate the team building process. Pairs can submit a request to join another pair on the same team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Teams will be built by the League Committee.
Skill Level: Open to all skill levels, from “I’ve never held a disc” to advanced!
Location: Techniplex St. John’s, NL
Cost: $40 (+$15 Ultimate NL fee if you have not paid it for the June 2017- Present season). Discounts available for new players
Whichever league donates the least amount of food/ money will have to change their cover photo to the logo of the winning league. MAUL has won for the past two years. Will they make it a threepeat?? Find out on December 21st!