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July 6: Salmon Cove Sands Beach Ultimate Tournament 

July 14: 2019 Pride Parade with UNL, MZU, SWURL and MAUL

Aug. 24: Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU) Summer League Playoff Day

Sept. 15: Toilet Bowl Tournament

Board updates

Head shots of Yolanda Kuai and Kurtis Thornhill.
Yolanda Kuai, left, and Kurtis Thornhill.

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 tournaments@ultimatenl.ca.

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 volunteer@ultimatenl.ca.

Special thanks to outgoing board members Erin Daly and Mark Kavanagh for their time and dedication!

Francophone school named provincial champs

The elementary school team from École des Grands-Vents poses with the provincial banner from Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador.
2018-2019 provincial champions, École des Grands-Vents

Congratulations to École des Grands-Vents on winning Ultimate NL’s first standalone elementary school provincial tournament!

The Francophone school from St. John’s defeated Villanova Junior High from Conception Bay South by a score of 8-4 in the final. They were undefeated in the tournament.

In the semi-finals, École des Grands-Vents defeated Vanier White 4-2 and Villanova beat Cowan Heights Elementary 7-5.

“The tournament really showed how much ultimate has grown over the years and how successful it can be with a young age group,” says Hilary Walsh, Ultimate NL’s youth grade school co-ordinator. “The level of Spirit of the Game was fantastic, and you could feel the energy in the building when the games were being played, from not only the kids but the spectators as well.” 

Eight teams from six schools took part in the tournament, held at the PowerPlex in St. John’s on June 2.

The final standings were:

  • 1. École des Grands-Vents, St. John’s
  • 2. Villanova, CBS
  • 3. Cowan Heights Elementary, St. John’s
  • 4. Vanier Elementary White, St. John’s
  • 5. Vanier Red, St. John’s
  • 6. Vanier Blue, St. John’s
  • 7. Riverside Elementary, Clarenville
  • 8. St. Matthew’s School, St. John’s

A special congratulations goes to Vanier Red, which was named the Most Spirited Team!

Our provincial tournaments are sponsored by Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Check out photos from the tournament here.

We’re hiring!

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador is hiring a summer clinics co-ordinator to help facilitate the growth of ultimate across the province.

Our sport continues to grow, and the demand for clinics from interested communities, schools and individuals exceeds what we, the board, is able to manage as volunteers. The summer clinics co-ordinator will help us showcase and teach ultimate to a greater number of people than ever before!

Responsibilities:

The summer clinics co-ordinator will be responsible for co-ordinating all youth clinics during the summer season on behalf of Ultimate NL. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Receiving and scheduling clinics requests from community groups;
  • Promoting Ultimate NL’s youth clinic service and expanding reach to different community groups;
  • Developing clinic plans based on the Ultimate NL LTAD guide to fit each request;
  • Teaching clinics to youth groups of all ages;
  • Requesting and co-ordinating extra volunteer effort if needed;
  • Organizing and maintaining Ultimate NL equipment;
  • Documenting client feedback;
  • Managing all forms, paperwork and other information related to clinics; and
  • Submitting weekly reports to Ultimate NL.

Compensation:

The summer clinics co-ordinator will be paid at an hourly rate of $12.25 and will be required to complete 240 hours throughout June, July and August. The working hours will primarily be between the hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; however, there may be some evening and weekend work.

The employee is expected to travel to clinics locations in their own vehicle. Travel outside of the regular working area will be compensated in accordance with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Travel Reimbursement and Meal Plan Policies.

In addition to regular compensation, this position offers the benefit of flexible hours, the joy of working outside and with children, the ability to seek out new opportunities to work and earn more and the opportunity to travel. Plus, you get to play ultimate every day!

Qualifications and requirements:

The preferred candidate must possess the following qualities and qualifications:

  • An in-depth understanding of the sport of ultimate.
  • NCCP training would be an asset.
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Experience and ability in completing basic paperwork and managing hard copy and digital information;
  • Experience in teaching or organizing children’s groups of all ages;
  • The ability to work independently and be proactive in searching for opportunities;
  • The ability to manage groups of volunteers and delegate work accordingly.
  • All candidates will be required to submit to a background check by the RNC in order to apply.
  • Be a current student.

How to Apply:

Please apply by emailing your application to finance@ultimatenl.ca. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The deadline to apply is Friday, May 31.

Ultimate NL memberships

It’s time to renew your membership in Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador!

As the provincial sport organization for ultimate in the province, Ultimate NL membership enables you to play in any of our member leagues (Men’s Avalon Ultimate League, Mile Zero Ultimate and St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League), tournaments and other events throughout the year.

Ultimate NL membership also ensures that you are covered should you be injured and require medical treatment as a result of playing in these leagues or tournaments.

Learn about your insurance coverage here.

Players must have a valid 2019-2020 membership by June 1 to play in upcoming summer leagues.

Annual Ultimate NL membership costs $30. Purchase your membership here.

Storm tryout dates

Members of Storm, Newfoundland and Labrador's junior competitive club teams, march in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Canadian Ultimate Championships.
Storm at the opening ceremony for the 2018 Canadian Ultimate Championships.

Youth players are invited to try out for Storm, the province’s junior competitive club teams, next month.

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador offers junior open and female teams in its competitive Storm program. Male- and female-matching players who are between the ages of 14 and 18 as of Dec. 31, 2019 are eligible to try out.

The teams will compete at the 2019 Canadian Ultimate Championships from Aug. 11-14 in Edmonton, AB.

Tryout dates are as follows:

Junior Women

  • Wednesday, April 17, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 1, 7-9 p.m.

Junior Open

  • Saturday, April 6, 8-9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13, 8-9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

All tryouts will take place at the Techniplex in St. John’s.

Athletes outside the Avalon who cannot make the tryouts and are interested in the team, as well as all other inquiries, may be directed to Luke Dyer, Youth Development and Competition Director, at youth@ultimatenl.ca.

Storm is sponsored by Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Ultimate NL honours top coaches, athletes and volunteers

Pictured left to right are Madison Hull, Erin Daly, Luke Dyer, Andrew Workman, Craig Stoyles, Stefan Barnes, Kathleen Sullivan and Kurtis Thornhill.
Left to right: Madison Hull, Erin Daly, Luke Dyer, Andrew Workman, Craig Stoyles, Stefan Barnes, Kathleen Sullivan and Kurtis Thornhill.

We were thrilled to recognize top athletes, coaches and volunteers with our 2018 Ultimate NL Awards recently.

The winners of the annual awards were announced at our volunteer gala on Feb. 9. They are:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Stefan Barnes
  • Female Athlete of the Year Award: Erin Daly
  • Male Athlete of the Year Award: Luke Dyer
  • Junior Female Athlete of the Year Award: Madison Hull
  • Junior Male Athlete of the Year Award: Andrew Workman
  • Coach of the Year Award: Craig Stoyles
  • Justin Frampton Spirit of the Game Award: Claire Genest
  • Kristine Cadigan Award: Kathleen Sullivan
  • Joe Coady Award: Kurtis Thornhill

“Our community, from running youth leagues to guiding the development of ultimate in the province, is led primarily by volunteers,” said Nick House, president of Ultimate NL. “Our awards are intended to recognize the hard work and commitment of these individuals, as well as the excellence demonstrated by our top athletes and coaches. Ultimate has seen tremendous growth in recent years, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without their passion and dedication.”

Introducing the award winners

Barnes was the first president of Mile Zero Ultimate and also served on the Newfoundland and Labrador Ultimate Association, the precursor of Ultimate NL. He also played on a number of competitive teams including Granite, the province’s first co-ed competitive travelling team.

Daly became the only female from Newfoundland and Labrador to ever play at the World Ultimate Club Championships in 2018. There, she was the top-scoring female player in the mixed division with 22 goals, finishing 11th overall in total goals out of 1,100 athletes.

Dyer captained the Memorial Ultimate Touring Team to its top finish to date at the Canadian University Ultimate Championships (CUUC) and at the Canadian Ultimate Championships (CUC) with Regiment, he finished fourth in scoring and 11th in total points (out of 360 athletes). His performance earned him a tryout with the U24 Team Canada  squad later this month.

Hull co-captained Storm at the Junior Canadian Ultimate Championships, where she lead the team in scoring and was named the team’s tournament all-star. In December, her St. Bonaventure’s team won the Mount Pearl Senior High Invitational.

Workman was a leader on Mount Pearl Senior High’s ultimate team that won the provincial high school tournament in 2018. He was also a member of Storm and led the team in points at the Junior Canadian Ultimate Championships.

Stoyles served as head coach for the open squad of Storm in 2018 and coached the team to its first two victories at the Junior Canadian Ultimate Championships, including an upset win over the ninth-seeded team. Storm finished 20th overall, up from a seeded position of 24th. Stoyles also coaches the ultimate team at Holy Spirit High School.

Genest is a member of Tempest, the province’s female competitive club team, where she is a leader in sportsmanship, fair-mindedness and respect for her teammates and opponents. She currently captains the Mount Allison Ultimate Team and has led them to numerous first-place finishes in Spirit of the Game rankings.

Sullivan is the current sport development co-ordinator for Ultimate NL. A leader on and off the field, she’s played on competitive club teams Tempest and Wreckhouse and is a current captain of Tempest. She regularly volunteers at youth ultimate tournaments and is an ambassador for Spirit of the Game at all levels of play.

Thornhill served as the youth co-ordinator for Ultimate NL from 2016-2017, where he was instrumental in the growth of the province’s competitive and recreational youth programs. His leadership led to the start of Storm, a junior competitive program that fields teams in the open and women’s divisions. In addition, Thornhill has served as tournament director for many high school, junior high and elementary school tournaments and was heavily involved in managing the city’s high school metro league.

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!

MZU seeks expressions of interest for winter BIY

The logo for Mile Zero Ultimate, or MZU.

Mile Zero Ultimate, the adult co-ed recreational league in St. John’s, is seeking expressions of interest for its winter build-it-yourself (BIY) league.

There is space for 30 teams in the league, which will run on Mondays from Feb. 25-May 6 at the Techniplex.

This league will also use WFDF’s Ratio Rule A, which offers equal playing time to male- and female-identifying players, meaning teams must have a minimum of five players of each gender.

Team captains are asked to complete the expressions of interest form by Friday, Feb. 15. A lottery to select which teams may participate, if needed, will be held on Feb. 16.

Individual players or groups who are looking for a team, or captains who are looking for players, can use this matchmaking form to find teams.

Click here for more information.

Coaching courses being offered in February

Do you love ultimate? Are you interested in expanding your knowledge and introducing the game to others? Become a coach!

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador is hosting two free coaching courses in February.

Feb. 2: Community Coaching Course

This one-day course incorporates both classroom and practical learning for participants interested in coaching at a beginner level. For more information and to register, click here.

Feb. 9-10: Competition Introduction Coaching Course

This two-day workshop is aimed at those interested in coaching competitive youth programs or adult development programs. For more information and to register, click here.

Both courses will be held at the College of the North Atlantic on Prince Philip Drive in St. John’s.

There is a $40 registration fee per course that will be refunded upon completion of the course.