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).