ShowGame Podcast: Episode 6 with Sion ‘Brummie’ Scone

Sean spoke to Brummie, the founder of ultimate coaching resource Flik, longtime player and coach of several GB teams. Brummie talked about his experiences at the World Games, World Championships and what people can do during the lockdown to improve as players.

– How lockdown has been (1:00)

– Starting Flik, and how the journey so far has been (4:09)

– What’s been the biggest challenge so far? (6:39)

– What can people do during lockdown and periods of other restrictions? (9:20)

– Importance of video analysis (12:16)

– The change in the availability and wealth of video footage, and researching opponents via ex-pats (16:58)

– What’s next for Flik, and what else can you do? (18:57)

– What thing has changed the most during Brummie’s brief, almost two-decade career? (24:21)

– And what hasn’t developed as much, and how to improve at it? (26:34)

– LA28 reaction and multi-sport event experience at the World Games (29:41)

– What one thing is Brummie most proud of? Contains existential discussion on the nature of failure in sports (39:03)

– BEST LINE: Brummie picks his best line and blames Sean for any omissions he might have made (48:40)

ShowGame Podcast: Episode 5 with Emily Powell and Charley Ferris

Sean spoke to two University club presidents this week to get a sense of how they’re dealing with the restrictions and how uni players in general are feeling about the lack of a season so far. Emily, from Strathclyde Uni, and Charley, from Nottingham, talked about how their clubs have adapted, trying to look after everyone’s mental health and what might come next.

– Intro about new regulations (0:11)

– How has it been running a club in these uncertain times? (1:57)

– Has it been more difficult to recruit beginners? (3:34)

– What about teaching them to play? Has that been harder outdoors given that the indoor season is gone? (7:52)

– How have trainings been with all this uncertainty going on? (11:14)

– How is the club off the field, how have you been keeping track of everyone’s mental health? (13:10)

– What comes next in terms of tournaments, have you had any indications? (15:53)

– This isn’t what you expected when you ran for these positions at your AGMs, right? (18:11)

– How do you avoid this year being a lost year for uni ultimate? (19:15)

– The unexpectedly high workload in keeping a club going this year, and the importance of the people at the unions (22:05)

– BEST LINE: Charley picks his mixed line up (25:53)

– BEST LINE: Emily does likewise (27:56)

ShowGame Podcast: Episode 4 with Rachel Turton and Ben Davies

This week Sean speaks to Rachel Turton and Ben Davies. Both are longtime Ultimate players (Ben has played for New Zealand and in the AUDL, and Rachel is a reigning national and European champion with SMOG and GB Mixed) who have pivoted more to disc golf during the last 12 months and are now the male and female #1s in the UK. 

– How they got into disc golf and started playing tournaments (0:58)

–  Was there any particular piece of advice that made a difference, or thing you worked out that was crucial? (2:25)

– How long did it take to get to grips with the variety of discs? (4:25)

– How hard has it been learning to play with such precision? (9:03)

– What’s it been like playing a more individual sport like disc golf, and integrating into a different community? (10:50)

– Are you still Ultimate players that play disc golf, or are you more a golfer now? (16:01)

– Which countries are strong in disc golf? (18:02)

– What do disc golf sponsorships entail, and how do they work? (19:00)

– BEST LINE: Rachel picks her best mixed team and discusses playing Worlds with Great Britain at 20 (22:55)

– BEST LINE: Ben picks his best mixed line, including a one-time only exception for a player he trained with (25:05)

– Ben discusses his experience playing for Rainbow Brigade at Windmill (28:40)

ShowGame Podcast: Episode 3 with David Pryce

No special guest this week, just a regular editor. DP and Sean talk about the various different items of news surrounding UK Ultimate, discuss whether the international calendar needs to be overhauled, encourage caution from people pushing themselves too hard on a return to training and pick their best lines. Here’s the Spotify link, but you can find it pretty much anywhere by searching The ShowGame Podcast!

UK and Ireland Ultimate Community Fundraiser for the Black Lives Matter Movement

Deep Space has taken the lead on fundraising for racial justice groups across the UK. Claire Baker explains why this cause is so important, with additional input from teammates Joanna Hamer, Leila Denniston, Matthew Hodgson, Miyen Ho and Robert White

The wave of protests across the world in the aftermath of George Floyd’s tragic death has brought issues of systematic racism to the forefront of many of our minds louder than ever before. Racism and racial inequity are systemic injustices not limited to the US; they pervade across the UK and Ireland as well. Despite our sport being built upon core values of respect and equality, particularly through the Spirit of the Game, the UK and Ireland ultimate community is not as diverse as the society we live in. Our sport isn’t always inclusive, and this has to change. 

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ShowGame Podcast: Episode 2 with Fowzia Mahmood

In the second episode of the ShowGame podcast, Sean interviewed Fowzia Mahmood, the force behind women’s team Discie Chicks and a UKU board member, about the importance of diversity and inclusion, her experiences playing in the UK and how vital it is to make mistakes. You can hear about:

  • How did you get into the sport? (2:12)
  • Joining the UKU board (4:14)
  • Diversity and racial equality in UK Ultimate (8:35)
  • Starting Discie Chicks and providing women more opportunities (18:50)
  • Would you change anything with DC? (30:08)
  • What can other teams learn from DC? (34:40)
  • Preparing for WindFarm (40:08)
  • BEST LINE: Fowzia picks her DC all-star line (41:05)

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theShowGame podcast

Welcome to our new foray into podcasts! Sean Colfer interviewed Simon Hill, the UKU CEO, and they discussed a number of different topics. You can hear about:

  • Coronavirus and its impact (1:39)
  • EUCF thoughts (11:48)
  • Impact on the GB programmes for WUGC and World Games (16:45)
  • Positives to come from this? (19:20)
  • Black Lives Matter discussion (29:26)
  • EUCR-W and Nationals separation? (39:45)
  • UKU membership demographics (42:50)
  • Combining divisions to one Nationals – positive or negative (45:00)
  • Si’s call for teams to engage with schools (51:00)
  • BEST LINE: the top seven players Si would want in a must-score point (54:45)

We hope you enjoy, and if you have any feedback, suggestions or questions drop an email to showgameblog@gmail.com.