Happy new year!

To kick off the new year, we present to you our men’s and women’s rosters for the 2015 season.

MENS:
Alec Francis
Alexander Jew
Alexander Ferguson
Allen Greer
Anthony Phan
Brayden Gee
Bryan Young
Bryce Jay
Connor McFayden
Eddison Ng
Edward Guo
Fred Lam
Jimmy Rennie
Jack Li
Kevin Chu
Kevin Wang
Nicholas Lin
Nicholas Yun
Patrick Mavety
Peter Yu
Ryan Hoy
Sam Creed
Sean Montgomery
Victor Cheng

WOMENS:
Amy Luo
Camille Chanoine
Elise Caron
Ellen Au-Yeung
Emma Madden-Krasnick
Erin Bussin
Esther Au
Evelyn Chan
Janelle Siwa
Jessica Chung
Joanna Lo
Judith Yeo
Kailin Chang
Leah Mulholland
Lisa Wong
Megan Leong
Mira Donaldson
Naomi Johnson
Naomi Morcilla
Serena Tam
Svenja Kemmer
Terynn Chan
Victoria Lam
Victoria McCann
Zoe Suche

Happy new year! Looking forward to lots of excitement this coming season. #TB1RD5

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.

Player Profile: Christine Liu

DSC00278One of the great things about our team is how encouraging it is for new players to join. Vancouver is blessed with a  rich juniors program, which results in quite strong rookie classes. But not all rookies are fresh out of high school. The T-Birds welcome all, including those who pick-up the sport in a more recreational setting, and then promote growth to the next level of competition. Christine has been with the team for the past 2 years, and has improved immensely and looks to make an impact in the Vancouver ultimate scene. Her perfectly timed under cuts and strikes demonstrate her major improvement in field awareness. Always a supportive teammate and always with a big smile on her face, Christine is a senior on the team who is always eager to learn and improve while making a big impact on the field.

Christine having fun in the rain at the Canadian Western University Ultimate Championships 2-13. Photo courtesy of Jeff Bell of UltiPhotos.

Christine having fun in the rain at the Canadian Western University Ultimate Championships 2-13. Photo courtesy of Jeff Bell of UltiPhotos.

The basics

Name: Christine Liu
Height: 163cm
Age: 23
Field of study: Cell Biology
Position: D-line Cutter

How/when did you start playing ultimate?

I started three years ago playing VUL on a team called Angry Birds. Our cheer was flying in a V formation :)! 

 

 

Christine makes a catch in stride at Stanford Invite 2014. Photo courtesy of William Brotman of UltiPhotos.

Christine makes a catch in stride at Stanford Invite 2014. Photo courtesy of William Brotman of UltiPhotos.

Who is your most influential player & why?

Catherine Hui, she’s incredibly focused and calm on the field. It’s always motivating to watch her play.

Favourite throw/ultimate play?

Catching it in the end zone after getting a block. 

Any hobbies outside of ultimate?

I like crocheting and baking! If not for ultimate, I would be much fatter. 

Have you played on any club/pro teams outside of TBirds?

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With those pesky exams out of the way, Christine’s focus now turns to the USAU college series, starting with Northwest Regionals in Lynden, Washington this weekend (May 3-4). Check out our fundraising page for info on how to support Christine and the team, and even get some Thunderbird gear.

 

Player Profile: Terynn Chan

DSC00282Another senior member of our team, Terynn Chan is a handler powerhouse only in her 3rd year. Similar to other Vancouver natives on the TBirds, Terynn came out of a strong Vancouver Junior Ultimate scene and found her chance to truly shine at the College level. A dominant force in the air, Terynn “Twiggy” Chan’s long branchy arms always find their way over every defender and to the disc. Her io flick breaks always best any mark and you can find her stats always stacked with assists, be them io breaks at the endzone or from her beauty backhand hucks. You can be sure to find Twiggy covered in tights and longsleeves, shying away from the sun under the shade of trees (her natural habitat) but when it’s time to play, she is a force to be reckoned with.

Terynn makes a play on the disc in the air at Stanford Invite 2013. Photo courtesy of Scott Roeder of UltiPhotos.

Terynn makes a play on the disc in the air at Stanford Invite 2013. Photo courtesy of Scott Roeder of UltiPhotos.

The basics

Name: Terynn Chan
Age: 20
Height: 168cm
Field of study: Kinesiology
Position: D-line handler

How did you start playing ultimate?

I started in grade 11 when my younger brother started and he needed someone to throw with.

Who is your most influential player?

My brother Evan Chan, because he is an amazing player and always willing to help me improve my throws. Having him around really challenges and motivates me to improve.

Terynn gets above a crowd at Douglas Bowl 2014. Photo courtesy of Jeff Bell of UltiPhotos.

Terynn gets above a crowd at Douglas Bowl 2014. Photo courtesy of Jeff Bell of UltiPhotos.

What’s your favourite ultimate moment?

There isn’t a moment that really stands out to me… But my favourite team to play on has been UBC though. College level playing is really fun.

What’s your favourite throw?

IO flick break in the endzone for the assist.

What hobbies do you have outside of ultimate?

Studying, eating, sleeping, climbing. School and grades are really important to me as I’m pursuing optometry school after graduation.

Terynn throws a sassy hammer over a defender at Douglas Bowl 2013. Photo courtesy of Jeff Bell of UltiPhotos.

Terynn throws a sassy scoober over a defender at Douglas Bowl 2013. Photo courtesy of Jeff Bell of UltiPhotos.

What club/elite teams have you played on?

Team Canada U19 2012 and U23 2013.

Where did the nickname “Twiggy” come from?

Last year my friend Tammy Chou was on the team and together we were “Twiggy” and “Stumpy”.

Currently finishing up her 3rd year of university, Terynn is a diligent student, teammate, sister, daughter and friend. While striving for perfection in school to accomplish her dream of optometry, she still manages to attend three practices a week and pursue her other interests such as climbing. Check out our fundraising page for info on how to support Terynn and the rest of the UBC TBirds Ultimate Team. 

Player Profile: Victoria McCann

DSC00296Our first rookie profile looks at Victoria “Stevie” McCann. A rookie bred from the incredibly talented Vancouver Juniors Ultimate Program and the Point Grey Hounds Secondary School, Steve is a natural born athlete. Coming off a gold medal win in the finals of the Canadian Junior Ultimate Championships with Wildcard, Steve brings an intensity not often seen from first year players. Steve is already a top initiating cutter on the team and her flick hucks are already of the calibre of many top college players. Her intensity and fire while playing is one that never wavers, even during marathon points and universe point games, Steve is always out there giving her 110%.

Steven with a grab in the rain at Douglas Bowl 2014. Photo courtesy of Jeff Bell of UltiPhotos.

Steve with a grab in the rain at Douglas Bowl 2014. Photo courtesy of Jeff Bell of UltiPhotos.

The basics

Name: Victoria McCann
Age: 19
Height: 170cm
Field of study: Sciences
Position: O-line cutter

How did you start playing frisbee?

When I was in grade 8 – I didn’t play all season, but my school team only had 4 girls for playoffs, so I showed up because my friends begged me to come (even though I had no idea how to play). 

Steve with a big sky in the semifinals of CUC2013 against MOFO.

Steve with a big sky in the semifinals of CUC2013 against MOFO.

Who is your most influential player?

Jon Hayduk – He gives a lot to the BC Junior program and is always willing to help me improve my throws or some other aspect of my game. 

What is your favourite ultimate moment?

Coming back to win our Semi-Finals against MOFO in universe point after being down at Nationals. We were really rattled after our teammate (Jess Chung) had to be taken to the hospital with a bad concussion, and it took a lot of strength to come back and pull it together. 

Steve McCann winds up for a big flick huck. Photo courtesy of William Brotman of UltiPhotos.

Steve McCann winds up for a big flick huck. Photo courtesy of William Brotman of UltiPhotos.

Favourite throw?

Flick huck. 

Any other sports you play?

Soccer was my main sport before ultimate took over my life…

Club team/pro team/any teams outside TBirds you play on?

U19 Team Canada Women’s – 2012&2014

How did you get the nickname “Steve”?

It took a while to come up with a nickname for me because there are two “Vics” on the team… After a lot of experimenting we stuck with “Steve”… Something to do with this video.

Steven with the pancake catch at Stanford Invite 2014. Photo courtesy of William Brotman of UltiPhotos.

Steven with the pancake catch at Stanford Invite 2014. Photo courtesy of William Brotman of UltiPhotos.

Only in her first year of college, Steve has dedicated hours to adjusting to university life, keeping up with school, frisbee, and working part time to pay for her season. With many more years of college and elite frisbee ahead of her, Steve would love your support to help her continue her bright frisbee future. Check out our fundraising page for info on how to support Steve and the rest of the UBC TBirds Ultimate Team. 

Rumble B’s Wrap Up Season at Northwest Challenge

10245185_10201187655966989_316084790_oIn the last weekend of March, the UBC Rumble B’s (women’s B-team) traveled to Puyallup, WA to compete in the Development Division of the Northwest Challenge. This highly anticipated event included games against other Northwest teams (a combination of B-teams and DIII teams), clinics lead by RISE UP and Riot players, and opportunities to spectate the DI tourney action. With a squad of 20 players and two coaches, Rumble set out to win games by implementing skills and strategies practiced throughout the season, and continue to grow through clinics and competitive play experience. And of course have fun with frisbee friends.

In Saturday’s downpour, the day kicked off with throwing and cutting clinics. The ladies10259525_10201187655686982_930863274_n soaked it all up and put new skills to the test in their first game against Portland State. The Rumble B’s pulled off a narrow universe point win in this short game. The afternoon had a defensive focus, with clinics including downfield D footwork and marking. The ladies left these clinics as new defensive players. They proceeded to play their UVicious friends for the third time this year. The Rumble B’s built from the first game of the day, by improving the offensive flow and amping up the defense. They took the “W” in this spirited game. The Rumble B’s were grateful to have Charlie from Riot with them for the day, as she had great drills, tips and advice to share. The team also had a lot of fun watching the Thunderbirds A-team play, learning from them and cheering them on.

Sunday morning UBC faced off against Big Bang (UW-B). On defense, they found success playing some new zone looks. On offense, Rumble calmly worked the disc down the field and ran a disciplined end-zone. They played the smoothest offense in Rumble B history and won the game. Their final pool play game was against Puget Sound. In the first half, Rumble struggled to stop Puget Sound’s up-the-line cuts and hucks, however after some regrouping and adjustments, UBC was able to better contain them by playing smart gritty defense with help from the sideline. While the Rumble B’s didn’t win this game, the team pushed its defense to a whole new level, with remarkable player improvements across the board. The girls learned and embraced the answer to the classic question “What is the score?” and fought proudly to the end. The Rumble B’s ended the weekend with a strong 2nd place finish going 3-1. They capped off the season with an intermingled scrimmage with UVicious, which ended in an epic marathon point, each team seemingly unwilling to let their season go.

The Rumble B’s have come a long way since January thanks to the dedication of this keen group of ladies. Many of them leave this experience thirsty for more competitive women’s ultimate, so expect to see them rumbling around on fields hopefully for many years to come. For students interested in joining the team next year, check out the UBC Ultimate Club in the fall, and sign up for the team in December 2014, or shoot an email to ubcwomensulti.b@gmail.com.