Aug. 24: Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU) Summer League Playoff Day
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All past and present players, friends, family and allies are invited to join us as we walk from St. John’s City Hall to Bannerman Park on Sunday, July 14.
Wear your jerseys, don your rainbows and join us!
Ultimate NL is pleased to introduce Annika Bieger, who will run ultimate clinics this summer for kids and community groups.
Annika began playing ultimate at St. Paul’s Junior High and Holy Heart of Mary, and says she has “loved and continued to play ever since!” She’s played on a variety of school teams and participated in after-school ultimate programs and adult scrimmages and continues to play recreationally.
“I often helped coached my high school team and now I look forward to sharing my skills and experience!” she says.
Last summer, Ultimate NL led 38 clinics involving over 600 kids of all ages in communities around St. John’s.
Community groups and sports organizations interested in offering clinics to youth participants may contact Annika at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU)’s free Wednesday pickup games are back this summer!
This is a great opportunity to get out for an extra game of ultimate in a zero-pressure environment! Wanna work on that backhand? Wanna get a friend out to try the sport that’s never played before? Come one, come all to this totally FREE and totally AWESOME MZU offering!
Taking place on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. at Bowring Park. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for weekly event details as some weeks may be cancelled if the field is required for a rescheduled game.
Congratulations to Luke Dyer for being named one of the province’s top athletes at the 15th annual Premier’s Athletic Awards ceremony on June 26.
The awards program recognizes athletic excellence and provides financial support to offset the costs of training and competition. Dyer was among the 125 athletes recognized at the ceremony.
“I’m thankful to have received this award, and that the province recognizes the talents of all our athletes and is willing to support us so we can keep following our dreams,” said Dyer.
Dyer is a member of the Canadian U24 open team that will compete in Germany this summer. He’s also responsible for Ultimate NL’s junior Storm competition program as our youth performance and development co-ordinator.
Ultimate NL also extends congratulations to Shae LeDevehat who received the Premier’s Award for athletics. LeDevehat regularly plays in several high school and adult ultimate leagues.
After finishing 13th overall last year, Tempest jumped six spots to break seed and finish seventh overall at the 2019 Boston Invite.
Seeded 11th in the elite division of the tournament, the competitive club team for female-matching players won two games and lost three after round robin play to stay in the fifth-to-eighth-place bracket to determine final seeding.
Round robin results:
Day 2 saw Tempest face Halifax-based rival, Salty, in the playoff bracket, losing the contest 14-9. The team then faced VICE in a rematch for seventh place, taking the contest by a score of 12-10.
Four rookies took the field for Tempest in Boston: Victoria Mackay, Tori Kearney, Whitney Mullett and Allie Guerra.
Tempest will next play at No Borders in Ottawa on July 20-21.
There are just a few more days left to register for Ultimate NL’s junior high and elementary summer leagues!
These six-week leagues will run from July 7-Aug. 11 and focus on developing player skills in a fun and supportive environment.
Junior High Summer League
Elementary Summer League
There have been some recent changes to the Ultimate NL board of directors.
Member-at-large Yolanda Kuai has taken over the position of tournaments and events director. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Also, Kurtis Thornhill has returned to the board, this time in the role of community outreach director. Kurtis previously served on the board as our youth co-ordinator. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to outgoing board members Erin Daly and Mark Kavanagh for their time and dedication!
Team Flood Watch was undefeated in Ultimate NL’s first Elimin8s tournament.
With six teams and over 60 players participating, Flood Watch proved to be tough opponents in the tournament but emerged the victor when Erin Daly caught a pass from Mike Pineau to score the winning point against Gyr8tors.
Both teams were down to two players each on the field, making it a battle of both smarts and skill.
In Elimin8s style ultimate, teams start with eight players but lose a position on the field with each point scored. This makes for highly competitive games and most matches were separated by less than three points.
In a post-tournament survey, 92 per cent of respondents said their experience at the tournament was excellent or that they were very satisfied with it. Ninety-two per cent also said they’d like it to be an annual event.
Thank you to everyone who came out and helped make it a success! Special thanks to tournament director Kathleen Sullivan, and to Tempest for providing field snacks.
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!