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Funds raised for national campaign

It was a friendly battle of red versus white as around 25 people took part in the 2019 Art Hawkins Great Canadian Ultimate Game on June 8.

Held during a break in Ultimate NL’s first Elimin8s tournament, the game saw Team White beat Team Red by a score of 11-9.

The game is an annual nation-wide fundraiser for the Art Hawkins Development Fund, which supports the accessibility and development of ultimate and Spirit of the Game to children, youth and those with disabilities, particularly in economically disadvantaged communities.

Scores from each location are added together to determine an overall winner. Nationally, Team Red defeated Team White 203-186.

Ultimate NL has received two grants from the fund. In 2017, a grant helped start a pilot wheelchair ultimate program, and in 2014, the funds went towards a fall youth ultimate league.

This year, Ultimate NL is contributing the proceeds from its Elimin8s tournament to the fund for a total donation of $290.

Thank you to everyone who participated and played with great spirit and a positive attitude!

Two teams represent province at C4UC

On Wheels

Two teams represented Newfoundland and Labrador at the Canadian 4-on-4 Ultimate Championships (C4UC) in Gatineau, QC recently with On Wheels finishing 15th and Come From Away placing 22nd overall.

On Wheels faced some tough opponents and put on strong performances through the two days of competition, finally defeating Fifty-fifty from Quebec to place 15th and maintain its rank going into the tournament.

Recap:

  • On Wheels vs. Waitlisted (ON) – 15-19
  • On Wheels vs. Fifty-fifty (QC) – 15-16 (watch the livestream recording here)
  • On Wheels vs. Big Cat and the Kittens (ON) – 16-19
  • On Wheels vs. Fourtitude (MB) – 20-10
  • On Wheels vs. Fortitutde (MB) – 24-10
  • On Wheels vs. YUM (ON) – 16-19
  • On Wheels vs. Scott’s Tots (ON) – 17-19
  • On Wheels vs. Fifty-fifty (QC) – 17-16
Come From Away

Come From Away, featuring many rookie players at the national level, also placed fifth overall in spirit. The team was seeded 20th going into the tournament.

Recap:

  • Come from Away vs. Les Ptits Secrets (QC) – 7-33
  • Come from Away vs. Tune Squad (ON) – 7-33
  • Come from Away vs. Fortitude (MB) – 20-21
  • Come from Away vs. Melt (ON) – 9-26
  • Come from Away vs. Uptown (NB) – 14-21
  • Come from Away vs. Fourtitude (MB) – 13-23
  • Come from Away vs. Fortitude (MB) – 17-23

Congratulations to both teams!

C4UC was held April 6-7.

Date set for Salmon Cove tournament

The Salmon Cove Sands Beach Ultimate Tournament will be held on July 6, 2019.

The 2019 Salmon Cove Sands Beach Ultimate Tournament is back!

Held in beautiful Salmon Cove, just an hour from St. John’s, this one-day beach ultimate tournament will be held on Saturday, July 6. If the forecast is unfavourable, the tournament will go ahead on Sunday, July 7.

The tournament is open to all skill levels, and players may register as a team or an individual. Teams get a full day of ultimate, a great communal meal and a camping spot nearby the beach.

Team bids will open on May 1! The deadline for team bids is Friday, June 7. Captains may submit a team bid here.

Individual players or small groups may fill out this matchmaking form to be added to a team.

See you on the beach!

UNL member makes Team Canada roster

Luke Dyer

Luke Dyer is the newest player from Newfoundland and Labrador to make Team Canada.

Dyer, who plays for Nighthawks in Mile Zero Ultimate and is Ultimate NL’s youth performance and development co-ordinator, found out he made U24 Open roster in March.

“My heart pretty much exploded as I tried not to scream or cry while still on the phone,” he says about being notified by the team’s coaches that he’d made the team. “I truly couldn’t believe it.”

Dyer attended a tryout in Ottawa in February, which included athletic and ultimate skills testing, but his road to Team Canada actually began in 2016 when he attended his first prospect camp.

Road to national squad

“This was an important event to attend because 2016 was the first year that U24 tryouts would be invite only, and you needed to ensure that the coaches at least knew who you were,” he says.

Although he wasn’t invited to tryouts that year, Dyer kept focused on improving his skills and athleticism with the long-term view of making the team. He attended another prospect camp early in 2018, which earned him an invite to this year’s tryouts.

“At tryouts, I just left everything out there, giving everyone less and less reasons to say, ‘No,” and now thankfully, I’ve made it.”

The open squad of Team Canada placed fifth in Australia and last won gold in 2010.

“The team’s goal is simple: win gold,” Dyer says. “We are a very talented team and finishing anything less than the best will be disappointing.

‘Big stage moments’

“For myself, my goal is to just keep improving my skills and proving myself to everyone else. I want to be able to play in those big stage moments and to do that, I need to show that I’m worthy of the challenge.”

The U24 World Championships will take place July 13-20 in Heidelberg, Germany.

Check out Dyer talking about Team Canada on VOCM here (choose March 18 and start listening at 28:00).

Familiar faces at Ultimate Canada table

Five head shots of the current and former players involved with Ultimate Canada at the board and committee levels.
Left to right: Rob Langridge, Tiago Hori, Robyn Auld, Suzy Stever and Natalie O’Donnell.

Past and present representatives from Newfoundland and Labrador are making an impact on the national stage through Ultimate Canada.

Rob Langridge, a familiar face in many leagues in St. John’s, is president of the national governing body for ultimate.

Robyn Auld and Tiago Hori, both former players in local leagues, are at-large members on the board of directors. Auld was one of the founding members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Ultimate Association (now Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador) and served on the board for Mile Zero Ultimate, as did Hori.

Auld now represents Alberta on the national board and Hori represents Prince Edward Island.

Hori is also part of Ultimate Canada’s spirit of the game committee, where he is joined by former Ultimate NL president Suzy Stever.

Finally, Natalie O’Donnell has been appointed as the Atlantic representative on the national sport development committee.

Congratulations and thank you to all former and current players who are offering their skills and talents to grow the ultimate community across Canada!

Annual charity game aids local food aid non-profit

Nick House, president of Ultimate NL and MAUL (right), poses with Jody Williams, manager of Bridges to Hope, and donations from the annual MAUL/SWURL charity game.

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.

Participants in the annual MAUL/SWURL holiday charity game.

Forty players from the Men’s Avalon Ultimate League and St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League took part in the annual tradition, which sees the two leagues challenge each other to raise the most donations from its players. MAUL narrowly won the challenge for the fourth year in a row.

“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.”

The charity game was held on Dec. 20.

Celebrate Spirit of the Game!

International Spirit of the Game Day

Spirit of the game is an integral and essential aspect of ultimate, and on Monday, Dec. 3 it’s being celebrated worldwide with International Spirit of the Game Day!

As International Spirit of the Game Day falls on Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU)’s regularly scheduled league play, we’re pleased to partner with MZU to help mark the occasion. We are:

– encouraging spirited play in all games (and leagues!);
– inviting all teams to play a spirit game following their spirit circle;
– celebrating the Most Spirited Players with swag and photo ops; and
– encouraging players to have discussions about spirit both on and off the field.

This year, the theme for iSOTG Day is “youth,” so we’ll also be giving Spirit of the Game extra emphasis in our youth leagues on Dec. 2. We’ll talk about the importance of spirit in ultimate as well as play some spirit games so the next generation of players is able to carry forward the respect, passion and fair-mindedness that spirit of the game represents.

Learn more about Spirit of the Game.

Follow our social media channels for much more about Spirit of the Game and iSOTG Day!

Meet the Ultimate NL Board

Curious about who exactly comprises the Ultimate NL board of directors? Check out this Facebook album to learn about your board, why they love the sport of ultimate frisbee and what they hope to achieve over the next year!

Meet the Board

MZU elects new board of directors

Mile Zero Ultimate's new board of directors for 2018-2019.

Mile Zero Ultimate’s new board of directors.

Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU) has elected a new board of directors for the upcoming year.

Board elections took place during MZU’s annual general meeting on Nov. 14. The new board includes:

  • President: Allan Johnson
  • VP league: Jason Murphy
  • VP finance: Adam Drover
  • VP spirit: Jordan Kavanagh
  • VP communications: Rachael Fitkowski
  • Members at large: Michael Walsh, Colin Martin, Gina Reid, Jill Henderson, Dana Howse and Jessica Wade

MZU runs adult co-ed leagues in St. John’s with over 500 people playing in a variety of leagues year-round.

Congratulations to the new board of directors! Thank you as well to outgoing board members Tiffany Warren, Mark Flynn and Peter Thompson.

 

Holiday Huskfest: save the date

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador presents Huskfest on Dec. 27.

Ultimate NL’s turkey-burning, cookie-cleansing HuckFest ultimate tournament is back for another year!

Save the date for this mixed, five-on-five hat tournament from 5-10 p.m. on Dec. 27 at the Techniplex.

Registration will open on Nov. 23. Get all the details here and sign up to receive notification when registration goes live.