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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.

Coaches needed for Acadian Games

Franco-Jeunes de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador is looking for coaches to lead Newfoundland and Labrador’s French youth ultimate team at this summer’s annual Jeux de l’Acadie.

The games are being held this year from June 27-30 with about 1,500 athletes from across Atlantic Canada participating in a variety of sports.

One or two coaches are needed to lead tryouts and practices leading up to the games as well as coach the team during the games itself. French skills are an asset but fluency is not required.

For more information, contact Stephen Theriault at stephen.theriault@liebherr.com. 

MUTT earns best finish at CUUC

The Memorial Ultimate Touring Team at the 2018 Canadian University Ultimate Championships (CUUC).

The Memorial Ultimate Touring Team at the 2018 Canadian University Ultimate Championships (CUUC).

The Memorial Ultimate Touring Team (MUTT) earned its best-ever finish at the Canadian University Ultimate Championships (CUUC) in Brampton, ON from Oct. 12-14.

Nineteen players took part in the open division, where they finished ninth overall with a 6-3 record in CUUC’s tier two (the top eight teams compete in tier one). MUTT also placed second in spirit.

It’s the sixth year MUTT has participated in the tournament.

Results:

Day 1:

  • Memorial vs. Western (W 9-5)
  • Memorial vs. Waterloo A (L 8-11)
  • Memorial vs. York (W 15-4)

Day 2:

  • Memorial vs. McMaster B (W 15-2)
  • Memorial vs. Algonquin (L 7-9)
  • Memorial vs. Laval A (L 6-15)
  • Memorial vs. Sherbrooke A (W 11-10)

Day 3:

  • Memorial vs. Winnipeg (W 12-10)
  • Memorial vs. UQAM (W 8-0)

This was the last CUUC for four players: Benjamin Dowden, Colin McDonell, Kurtis Thornhill and Luke Dyer. Dyer has captained the squad for the past four years.

Congratulations, MUTT!

NL Storm members named national junior all-stars

Madison Hull is pictured at the 2018 Junior Canadian Ultimate Championship.

Madison Hull

Cameron Penney at the 2018 Canadian Ultimate Championship.

Cameron Penney

Two members of NL Storm were named to junior all-stars at the 2018 Junior Canadian Ultimate Championships.

Madison Hull was named to the junior female squad and Cameron Penney to the junior open team. A player from each team at the tournament is named a junior all-star.

NL Storm competed at CUC Aug. 12-19 in Brampton, ON, finishing with the province’s best performance at the national competition. The open team broke seed to finish 20th (up from 24th) and 11th overall in spirit. The junior women made their first-ever appearance at CUCs, finishing 20th overall and second in spirit.

Read more from Junior CUCs here.

Congratulations, Madison and Cameron! We look forward to continuing to see you on the field.

New Ultimate NL board elected

Ultimate NL’s 2018-2019 board of directors.

A new board of directors for Ultimate NL was voted in at its annual general meeting (AGM) on Oct. 2.

Following a successful bylaw amendment to revamp available board positions, the following people were elected:

  • President: Nick House
  • Vice-president: Melissa Wheeler
  • Chief financial officer: Sarah Hoddinott
  • Communications director: Susan White
  • Youth school director: Hilary Walsh
  • Youth development and competition director: Luke Dyer
  • Tournament and events director: Erin Daly
  • Sport development director: Kathleen Sullivan
  • Volunteer and outreach director: Mark Kavanagh
  • Member at large: Yolanda Kuai

Representatives of Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU), St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League (SWURL) and Men’s Avalon Ultimate League (MAUL), as assigned by those leagues, are:

  • MZU rep: Michael Walsh
  • SWURL rep: Hilary Walsh
  • MAUL rep: Nick House

Congratulations to the board of directors for 2018-2019!

We also offer a big thank you to outgoing board members Laurel Penney, Kurtis Thornhill, Myles Dooley, Aaron Goulding and William Kerr for all their time, commitment and hard work.