canadian ultimate

Interview with JD LeJeune

JD LeJeune is an ultimate player from Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada, who won a silver medal with Steve French at Paganello a few weeks ago, the largest beach ultimate tournament in the world. He was one of the first ultimate players I ever met and he was a teammate on the first ever team I played on, SOS, in the summer of 2002. He was kind enough to take some time out of his travels to answer a few questions.

How and when did you get into ultimate?
– Back in 2000 I was invited out to play some pick-up with a few friends. Later that year I heard of a local Winter league through a friend and the rest is history!

Changing the Team Strategy

Malissa Lundgren, Ultimate Canada’s 2011 Female Athlete of the Year, discusses how the Capitals were more successful after changing their team strategy following their 2009 semi final loss in the UPA Championships to Brute Squad. In 2010, they would go on to make the finals where the lost to the powerhouse women’s team, Fury.

Capitals Ultimate 2013 Season Outline

We’ve been working with USA Ultimate on the new Triple Crown Tour (TCT), as well as Caps from the 2012 fall season to put together an exciting 2013 strategy and schedule.  This is a little different than years in the past but was built to take into consideration a lot of factors with a focus on 2 key objectives:

  1. Ensure a strong Capitals team will participate in the 2013 TCT, keeping the spot we fought hard to earn last fall!
  2. Ensure the opportunity for players to participate on Caps and on their respective club teams.

Valuing Women Role Models in Sport

One of the things that drew me to ultimate was the many nuances of gender equality that are embedded within the sport. One example is the mixed division – a division in which men and women play high-caliber ultimate together on one team. Another example is the ‘Open’ division, which is open to all genders and all ages.

My appreciation for equality in ultimate was reinvigorated last week when Ultimate Canada announced the addition of the Women’s Master’s division in CUCs for Vancouver, 2013. This was reminiscent of the excitement when Canada agreed to send its first-ever women’s master’s team (+30yrs of age) to Japan to compete at the World Ultimate and Guts Championships 2012.

Getting to Know Thomas Kuhn

Thomas Kuhn, an ultimate frisbee player living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, won World’s in 2008 with the Team Canada Open team. He was recently selected to the roster again this year and will be traveling to Sakai, Japan in July to compete in the 2012 World Ultimate and Guts Championships.

I’ve been playing ultimate with Thomas for about 5 years so I recently had the chance to sit down and ask him some questions. Thomas has worked hard and earned his spot on the team. He’s a testament to how hard work and practice pay off and help you become a better player.