Player Profile: Peter Yu

1074083_10151653351775208_2073922166_oTenacity, intelligent play, and a strong mental game are qualities by all frisbee players, especially those on the defensive side of the disc. In his time on the T-Birds, Peter has undergone a renaissance. Originally starting out as an offensive downfield threat, he honed his defensive craft, becoming an all-star defender, and a disc-dominant distributor. The metamorphosis resulted in a rare type of player that has a enviable symbiosis of defensive instincts and offensive aptitude. Add to the fact “Petey” plays every point like it’s his last on the field, his multi-faceted game leaves many teams wondering “What just happened?”

 

The basics

Name: Peter YuScreen Shot 2014-05-02 at 4.11.02 PM
Height: 170cm
Age: 2
Field of study: Mostly English
Position: Squirrel

How/when did you start playing ultimate?

Started in grade 11 when my PE teacher kept pestering me to tryout; said yes for the
hunnies. (Hunnies are girls in case you were confused.)

Who is your most influential player & why?

Aaron Liu & Oscar Pottinger; I’ve tried to emulate Aaron’s defensive game and Oscar’s offensive game. Work in progress. 

Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 4.10.17 PMWhat is your favourite ultimate moment? 

Playing at Pumpkin Pull in 2013 with a pick-up team called Where’s Waldo. I think our average height was 5’4. Our girls were super sick though, and carried us through the tournament where we lost in the finals on Universe point to a mash-up of old Furious/Traffic players. I got to meet Mike Grant; his flick pull is ridiculous.  


Favourite throw/ultimate play?

Throwing a floaty OI flick to a big Fred Lam sky for the goal, while I am falling down. 

Any hobbies outside of ultimate?

Watching the NBA, surfing YouTube, Pokemon, making fun of Guo, being terrible at playing pool, reading.

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Furious George / Vancouver Nighthawks, Blackfish, Team Canada

Any interesting facts about you?

If I were any taller, I’d probably have pursued my dream of becoming an NBA player instead of playing frisbee. I think of that every time someone inevitably tells me I’d be a super sick frisbee player if I were a little bit taller;dawg I’d be rockin’ the NBA by now!

Check out our fundraising page for info on how to support Peter and the team, and even get some Thunderbird gear.

 

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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?

Zephyr

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: Josh Cutler

A team’s identity is characterized by the way it responds to adversity, success, and the process in which it tackles the quandaries that our sport presents. Over the course of a season, a tournament, or even a practice, energy levels can subside, and concentration fades to distraction. One team member that embodies the T-Bird spirit, and inspires his team to take it to the next level is Josh “Mountain Man” Cutler.   Known for his zeal for life, seizing the moment, and just overall boyish charm, Josh can always be counted on for a good pick-me-up, introspective discussion, or general tidbit. Despite being hampered by injuries last year, Josh inspired the team by an aggressive rehab and commitment to take the field. After making his debut at President’s Day Invite this year, Josh can always be counted on for tireless effort on defence and promoting the overall well-being of the T-Birds. Clearly, not enough can be said about the Mountain Man.

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Name: Josh Cutler

Height: 180cm (182 with hair)
Age: 23
Field of study: Geography
Position: Defensive monster

How/when did you start playing ultimate?

I’ve always enjoyed playing pick-up games or just tossin’ on any available space/surface. I dabbled in a little more structured ulti during my first 2 years of uni. However, I didn’t really learn what a force was until I decided to check out ultimate practices during my first fall semester at UBC in 2012.

559115_10151308062416621_1791271283_nWho is your most influential player?

Fred Lam. He’s a powerful presence. Great teacher. Clear, focused and talented. But most of all, a supportive teammate and fantastic friend. 

What is your favourite ultimate moment? 

When your feet leave the ground…your body goes horizontal…you stretch out your arms…and you KNOW you got the huge block!

Favourite throw/ultimate play?

I’m really enjoying the wild high release flick. 

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Running, sailing, climbing, biking, skiing, hiking, geography, dancing, cooking&eating.
Mostly all done together in one huge adventure.

 

The team gets stuck on an island in a “Lord of the Flies”-type scenario. Who
becomes the leader? What happens

It would be a collaborative leadership between Mugs and Fred. We would stumble upon a
case of good times and then we’d all pass out from the excessive amounts of fun. Then the Ng brothers would show up and think they rule the place. But really they just missed the party

375880_282275791890203_1605750156_nAny interesting facts?

The aorta of a blue whale’s heart is so large that a human could crawl through it. 

Josh is finishing up his undergraduate degree in Geography next year, and will spend the summer organizing trips for kids. Check out our fundraising page for info on how to support Josh and the team, and even get some Thunderbird gear.

 

Player Profile: Liam Stobart

Being a “Student-Athlete” entails a delicate balance between academic success and athletic performance. Liam’s ability to balance a demanding work and school schedule with ultimate performance is something that every T-Bird desires. Known for his shifty cutting, surgically precise throws, and seeing the field at another level, Liam “Doc” Stobart has been making plays for the T-Birds for the past 5 years, all while finishing up his undergrad in Biochemistry and his M.D.

 

 

The basics

Name: Liam Stobart
Height: 179cm
Age: 26
Field of study: Medicine
Position: Offensive Mastermind

How/when did you start playing ultimate?

In 2005, our high school grad class decided to start a frisbee team so all our friends could play a sport starting out together as beginners. I played mostly rec ultimate until 2010 when I joined the UBC team.

What is your favourite ultimate moment? 

Beating Oregon for the NW regional title in 2011. 

Favourite throw/ultimate play?

He didn’t answer this question, but I know for a fact it’s his squat flick huck. It’s hard to describe, and you’ll have to see it in person. 

Any hobbies outside of ultimate?

NFL Fantasy Football

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

Richie and Friends, University of Queensland “Lovers”

Any interesting facts about you?

I have a twin brother.

Liam is in his 4th year of Medicine, and has really enjoyed his time with the T-Birds. Despite the costs of tuition, Liam has greatly appreciated the connections he has made with his teammates, the outlet for physical activity, and enjoys representing the T-Bird name. Check out our fundraising page for info on how to support Liam 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. 

Player Profile: Fred Lam

Being a veteran leader on a team like the T-Birds entails responsibility, humility, and still being able to perform at a high level. Fred Lam encompasses these qualities in a way that can only be described as “beastly” with his commitment to mental fortitude, team chemistry, and team fitness level. Whether it’s coming up with a big play, studying at tournaments, or cultivating success from other teammates, Fred Lam encompasses the veteran leader characteristics to perfection.

 

 

 

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Name: Fred Lam
Height: 185cm
Age: 22
Field of study: Biopsychology
Position: Athlete

How/when did you start playing ultimate?

In the summer before Grade 8, I went to a summer camp where the flavour du jour was pick-up frisbee. In Grade 8, I was converted to the dark side by a bunch of Grade 12 Minis (Mini School) at Point Grey throwing around at our September Orientation camp. Been a frisbee nerd since.

Who is your most influential player & why?

I have been greatly influenced by my UBC teammate, Edward Guo. His high level of play is a constant reminder that all good things don’t come in the same package. Edward has really shown me that ultimate can be played in more than one way, and if you’re deceived by his outwardly Asian Tourist appearance on the field, he will make you pay with his nimble footwork and avian cunning.

What is your favourite ultimate moment? 

It’s not one singular moment but, the Sunday afternoon, post-tournament beer. Best enjoyed lukewarm and shirt off.

Favourite throw/ultimate play?

I never tire of watching people sky other people, and/or animals.

Any hobbies outside of ultimate?

NFL Fantasy Football

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Badbords

Any interesting facts about you?

I was born missing one toe on my left foot. Just kidding. I dont’ know, I hate thinking of an answer for the “Interesting fact” question. Makes me feel uninteresting.

Fred is in his 4th year and looks to be finishing up his undergraduate degree next year.  Check out our fundraising page for info on how to support Fred andthe team, and even get some Thunderbird gear.