Julia Dunn spoke to some of the women involved in the All-Star Ultimate Tour to discuss the effects the Tour is having on women and Women’s Ultimate around the world.
Fifteen female athletes from all parts of the United States, Japan, Canada and Australia recently undertook a trip of a lifetime, travelling over 4500 miles to play nine elite club teams in cities across the United States. The All-Star Ultimate Tour just wrapped up its second year after being founded to address the gender gap in media coverage, and has the goal of promoting the visibility of women in Ultimate. The women who made the Tour, selected based on an application, were the leaders on their respective college teams, played each other as adversaries on the field, and came together to showcase elite Women’s Ultimate. This project forms one of the many initiatives to promote Women’s Ultimate in the world, and has given female Ultimate players around the world a set of role models.
theShowGame had a quick chat with Steve Giguere of Lookfly fame. This post is sponsored by VC Lookfly.
As the only domestically based Ultimate shop and kit manufacturer, Lookfly have been a well-known brand to the UK Ultimate scene since their inception. They have grown and changed dramatically as a company, developing a specifically ethical focus at the core of their company. Despite their UK locality, and commitment to transparent and environmental practises, it is clear if you step onto an Ultimate field that Lookfly have faced competition from kit providers from Europe, the USA and beyond. Last year, Lookfly partnered with VC, who have over recent years become one of the largest Ultimate brands and kit providers in the USA. We spoke to Steve Giguere, founder of Lookfly and now Director of VC Europe to discuss the changes this has brought about, what it means for the future of Lookfly and for Ultimate apparel in the UK.
Dan Godbold presents his views on why the WFDF Kickstarter needs to succeed, not just for WUGC but for the sports wider goals.
I’ll put this bluntly to start off with: If the Kickstarter for the WUGC stream fails to raise all it needs, and even raise above that, you can kiss the Olympics goodbye.
Other people have espoused all the good that could come from this fundraiser. I will not be joining them (entirely), as this article will make clear. I believe that this Kickstarter is a risk, that it comes with a chance of failure, and that failure will have an effect.
This is repost of a wonderful piece from new ShowGame contributor Aidan Kelly on his experience in Ultimate to fight confidence issues. Please follow his blog at https://ak19blog.wordpress.com/
Ultimate is unique in so many ways. Considered an ‘almost sport’ by muggles, or that weird hobby by your family, it’s hard to imagine my life without it. To be honest, I don’t know if I’d even still be here.
For years, I’ve had self-confidence issues. When I was a teenager it was pretty terrible, but as I got older I learned to deal with it. And, by ‘deal with it’ I would essentially suppress it for as long as I could. This meant I’d have spells of being incredibly low, to the extent where I wouldn’t be able to function for weeks. But hey, I would always think it was better to let it all out in one giant spell once every year or two than have it affect me all the time. In hindsight, it was pretty poisonous. To put it into a simple, cliched metaphor, it can turn you into a ticking time-bomb.
As Women’s Indoor Regionals approach, Lauren Bryant summarises the goals and aims discussed at the recent London Women’s University Ultimate meeting.
The Club and University representatives who gathered for the recent meeting.
Tom ‘Mum’ Abrams gives us his opinion in the ongoing Club or Country debate.
Start with a basic premise: if we want to win we must train at least as much as the other contenders. Is this a fair statement? Well, unless we have better training methods or we have better athletes than the other teams or we started with better players, then the only way to improve the team is by training. Seeing as we don’t have any of these things in place in Britain, it follows that to achieve the level required to win world championships, we will have to train at least as often as the best teams in the world.
Tom Abrams getting up at last seasons Windmill Windup for Clapham
Chris Baker provides another approach to the Club or Country debate…
Question. Is it better to send the most competitive team possible to EUC and WUGC as GB Open – even if this means a single club team – or is it better to put development first, and bring together players from clubs around the country, who would then trickle down their experience, improving the level of the sport across the board?
Chris (#77) celebrating with his team-mates after their victory at the European Championships in Frankfurt this year.
It’s a staple of long car journeys, airport lounges and GAIA tents the world over. And whatever the answer, it is usually coloured by team allegiances and past personal experiences.
However, one thing both sides seem to have in common is the idea that GB has a central role in the development of players and clubs – whether by sending back skills and ideas to club level, or by providing a greater challenge to one club in particular, seeking to put the UK on the map and dragging other UK clubs onwards and upwards by way of their increased quality as Tour opponents.