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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.

Ultimate NL to hold annual general meeting

Ultimate NL's annual general meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

 

Ultimate NL’s annual general meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 7-9 p.m. at The Loft at Memorial University.

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The AGM is a time to recap the year’s challenges and triumphs and elect the board of directors for 2018-2019.

Proposed bylaw change

This year, the board is proposing a bylaw change that would amend board positions to better reflect the growth of ultimate in the province. The current board is proposing that the positions of tournaments co-ordinator, volunteer co-ordinator and administrator be eliminated and those responsibilities folded into existing or newly created positions.

The proposal would split the current youth co-ordinator position into two: one focused on high-performance development through leagues and NL Storm (youth director, performance and development) and the other focused on ultimate in schools (youth director, schools).

The board also proposes creating three new positions: sport development director, which would be responsible for sport development not related to youth (e.g. clinics, coaching, leagues, etc.); a community outreach director responsible for events and outreach to partners, etc.; and a member-at-large position.

Proposed positions:

  • President
  • Vice-president
  • Finance director
  • Communications director
  • Sport development director
  • Youth director (performance and development)
  • Youth director (schools)
  • Events director
  • Community outreach director
  • Member at large (1 position)

Representatives from MZU, SWURL and MAUL are also assigned to the Ultimate NL board by those bodies.

Who can participate?

Anyone interested in the growth of ultimate in the province may attend the AGM. Only current Ultimate NL members may vote or run for a position on the board.

A current member is anyone who has played in a league, under the umbrella of Ultimate NL, since the last AGM, including the fall of 2017.

Can’t attend?

You can still run for a board position and vote on motions by assigning your vote to another current Ultimate NL player. Proxy forms are available here.

More information

 

Inaugural youth summer leagues a success

UNL's first elementary summer league saw up to 21 kids come out for skills and games to learn about ultimate Frisbee.

UNL’s first elementary summer league saw up to 21 kids come out for skills and games to learn about ultimate Frisbee.

Ultimate NL launched successful junior high and elementary summer leagues this year with about 50 youths participating.

“This was the first year that UNL has had a summer youth camp and it won’t be the last,” says UNL president Nick House. “We hope to expand on these camps next year with more offerings.”

The elementary league was held at the NL Sport Centre (PowerPlex) on Crosbie Road with up to 21 kids taking part. Coached by UNL member Megan Roome, who also coaches elementary and junior high teams at Villanova Junior High, the group learned throwing, cutting and defensive skills and took part in scrimmages and games.

“There was interest for more leagues throughout the school year as some of the players came from schools that didn’t have ultimate teams,” says Roome. “It was a great summer. They were eager learners and we all had a lot of fun!”

At the junior high level, William Kerr, UNL’s tournaments co-ordinator, took students through drills and game play to help them develop their skills. They played at Swilers Rugby Club field and the PowerPlex.

“It was a great experience helping the kids develop their skills and then watching them take their game to the next level,” said Kerr.

See you next year!

Young Guns claim MZU championship

Young Guns poses with the Flaherty Cup after winning the 2018 summer league title from Mile Zero Ultimate.

Young Guns poses with the Flaherty Cup after winning the 2018 summer league title from Mile Zero Ultimate. Photo credit: Kenny Budgell.

Young Guns unseated long-running MZU champs Fellowship of Awesome to claim the 2018 Flaherty Cup on Saturday.

The final score of the tightly contested final was 11-10. Fellowship of Awesome had previously won the title 10 years in a row, an unprecedented achievement.

Playoff day for Mile Zero Ultimate’s Capital Subaru Summer League was held on Aug. 25 with 26 teams participating.

Division Winners

  • A final: Young Guns
  • B final: Huck Up? Huck Off!
  • C final: Team Slow Clap
  • D final: Rubber Huckies

Award Winners

  • Most Spirited Team: Flickapedia
  • Most Spirited Players: Brandon Kilfoy (Beer Pressure), Jon Power (Canadian Armed Flickers), Lynsey Alcock (Sunny D’s)
  • Most Committed Male: Paolo Mascarin (Fellowship of Awesome)
  • Most Committed Female: Rachael Fitkowski (Flickapedia)
  • Male MVP: Andrew Ward (Sunny D’s)
  • Female MVP: Whitney Mullett (Scoober Doo)
  • Captain of the Year: Andy Porter (Frisky Dingo)
  • Favourite Opponent: Half Cut
  • Favourite Team Name: Darkwing Huck

Congratulations to all the winners and to MZU on another fabulous summer league!

CUC 2018 Wrap Up

We just finished the single best year of CUC performance from Newfoundland and Labrador!

NL Storm Open breaks seed to finish 20th/24 and finish 11th in spirit!

NL Storm, the first-ever junior women’s team, compete at nationals finishing 20th and 2nd in spirit!

Regiment finishes 10th, the highest for a NL single gender team at CUC and NLs highest finish since 2012. Regiment also finished tied for 4th in spirit, their second consecutive years in the top 5.

Princess Layout tops sold-out SWURL league

Team Princess Layout poses after winning the 2018 summer SWURL championships

Princess Layout, 2018 summer SWURL champs

A sold-out summer league saw four teams competing over seven weeks in the St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League (SWURL) this summer.

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.

Wheelchair ultimate launches in St. John’s

Ten people took part in the province's first wheelchair ultimate session last month.

Ten people took part in the province’s first wheelchair ultimate session last month.

A new partnership between Ultimate NL, wheelchair basketball and ParasportNL is bringing wheelchair ultimate to the province.

Ten players took part in the inaugural session at the School for the Deaf in July. Thanks to Margaret Tibbo of Parasport NL, Laurel Penny of UNL and several Storm players for helping to to make ultimate more accessible to a wider community.

Anyone interested in learning more or participating in wheelchair ultimate may contact Laurel at sportdev@ultimatenl.ca. Wheelchairs are also available for anyone who does not have one of their own.

Funding for this project was made available by the Ultimate Canada Art Hawkins Fund.