“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.
Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU)’s Gender Equity Committee has been working hard to improve gender equity in the ultimate community.
Begun in December, the committee is exploring a variety of initiatives to make the adult co-ed league in St. John’s more welcoming to marginalized players, primarily focusing on issues related to female-matching players. Working in co-operation with Ultimate NL and the St. John’s Women’s Recreational Ultimate League (SWURL), the committee aims to:
Increase awareness that female-matching players experience the game differently than male-matching players;
Support women to become equipped with knowledge and skills on the field;
Promote female-matching players to participate in ultimate;
Support female-matching players to take on leadership positions; and
Highlight the efforts of others working towards gender equity.
MZU has been releasing information on social media and its website related to the committee’s working, including a recent examination of some statistics looking at the participation levels of female-matching players in its 2019 winter toque league.
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.”