Player Profile: Mira Donaldson

DSC00323Our next profile features multi-talented O-line specialist Mira Donaldson. At only 20 years old, Mira has already competed at the highest level of play, representing Canada at the World Games. Do not underestimate her for her age – her arsenal of throws and vision of the field is that of a seasoned veteran. Hucks, hammers, scoobers, blades, forehand, backhand, Mira does it all. Unlike her indecisiveness in real life, her play calls and decisions on the field are always made with 110%, inevitably resulting in completed full-field hucks and shredded zones. Though Mira isn’t one to join in on the cheers and celebrations, her on-field plays make more than enough noise to compensate. You’d be hard-pressed to find a defender in all of women’s college ultimate that can stop the likes of Mira Donaldson.

Mira gets over a crowd of defenders at the USA Ultimate Club Championships in 2013.

Mira gets over a crowd of defenders at the USA Ultimate Club Championships in 2013. Photo courtesy of Jeff Bell of UltiPhotos.

The basics:

Age: 20
Height: 175 cm
Field of study: Integrated Science
Position: O-line cutter

How did you start playing frisbee?

I was a heavy basketball player, and at my school the majory of the team would play ultimate in the spring as cross training. My older brother also played for our high school team, anything he did was considered “cool” in my eyes, so I was sold. After my first year, it was all I wanted to do.

Who is your most influential player?

The two that stick out the most are Candice Chan and Jon Hayduk. Jon has mentored me since day one back in grade 8, and has convinced me to play for more and more teams which I refuse to do at first, but end up loving. Every throw I know, I have learned from him, and I would not be where I am without his leadership. Candice is one of the most hardworking, intense, yet happiest players our there, and I wish I could be her! Having her as a teammate and friend for the last few years has bean great.

Mira winds up for a big backhand huck at Potlatch 2013 with Team Canada World Games. Photo courtesy of Tino Tran.

Mira winds up for a big backhand huck at Potlatch 2013 with Team Canada World Games. Photo courtesy of Tino Tran

You probably have lots to choose from, but what is your favourite ultimate moment?

Hard to pinpoint one exactly, but winning Spring Reign in high school is still one of my most fond moments of a hard fought game and coming out on top. I must say, walking around a stadium full of 50,000 people at the World Games opening ceremonies was also an experience I will never forget.

Favourite Throw?

I like hucking…a lot

Any other sports you play?

I played lots of basketball throughout high school and was considering pursuing it in university, but gave it all up for frisbee, and I still don’t regret that decision.

Mira is marked up by Riot player and Western Washington's star Callie Mah at Northwest Challenege Cup 2013. Photo courtesy of Tino Tran.

Mira is marked up by Riot player and Western Washington’s star Callie Mah at Northwest Challenege Cup 2013. Photo courtesy of Tino Tran.

What teams do you play on outside of TBirds?

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Nicknames?

The ones that seemed to be used the most are MOORA and “The Kid”

Besides dominating on the court and field, Mira is aspiring to become a doctor and currently studying for her MCAT this summer. She also gives back to the ultimate community by coach her alma mater junior team, the BC All Stars Provincial Team. Check out our fundraising page for info on how to support Mira and the rest of the UBC TBirds Ultimate Team.

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