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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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.

 

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.

Player Profile: Laurel Jay

DSC00288 This profile is featuring talented O-line handler Laurel Jay. A product of Vancouver’s strong junior ultimate program, Laurel is in her 4th year of playing with the TBirds. Laurel brings a lot of skill to the O-line – her speedy spin-move handler cuts are unstoppable and her sticky hands are always making clutch grabs. One of the most consistent and reliable handlers on this team, you can always count on Laurel to get open for the dump and get those around breaks off. Always having fun and always with a smile on her face, Laurel brings a ton of positivity to the TBirds.

Laurel throwing a backhand around break at the Northwest Challenge Cup 2014.

Laurel throwing a backhand around break at the Northwest Challenge Cup 2014. Photo courtesy of Tino Tran.

The basics

Name: Laurel Jay
Height: 158cm
Age: 21
Field of study: Commerce
Position: O-line handler

Any nicknames?

I go by Baby Jay (BBJ) on this team when I started as a rookie first year. But now I’m one of the few adults on this very new team!

How did you first hear about ultimate? 

My very first introduction to the sport was in grade 5, my teacher Milo played VUL and introduced the class to ultimate in PE. I couldn’t throw, but I could read discs well and would run them down even if they went out. No one actually knew the rules though, we thought that if you caught it out of bounds, you could just walk it back to the sideline, tap it in, and continue playing. I’d like to think that this fostered my mentality of never giving up on a disc…

Laurel with a pancake catch in the rain at Douglas Bowl 2014.

Laurel with a pancake catch in the rain at Douglas Bowl 2014. Photo courtesy of Jeff Bell of UltiPhotos.

Do you have a player you most look up to?

Any of the captains or coaches that I have played with over the years have been the most influential players to me. 

What’s your favourite ultimate throw?

My favourite throw is definitely the backhand break… I also really enjoy throwing scoobers, but I have yet to use one in a game. 

What do you do outside of frisbee?

Going to school. Shopping. Hiking. Drinking Coffee. I used to figure skate competitively back in the day. I’m also pretty handy with a sewing machine and I’ve made dresses from scratch.

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

I played on the Team Canada U23 Women’s team this past summer.

Laurel makes a layout grab at Douglas Bowl 2013.

Laurel makes a layout grab at Douglas Bowl 2013. Photo courtesy of Jeff Bell of UltiPhotos.

Have you ever lived outside of Vancouver?

I was born and raised here, but in the fall of 2012 I went on exchange to Stockholm, Sweden for a semester.

Laurel is currently finishing up her 4th year at UBC and graduating from the Sauder School of Business. This year she has juggled working for the Canucks, TAing, working at the UBC bookstore, and managing the team finances on top of her regular life. Check out our fundraising page for info on how to support Laurel and the rest of the UBC TBirds Ultimate Team. 

Player Profile: Gera Stancheva

DSC00281Our next profile features veteran player, defensive specialist and captain of the women’s team, Gera Stancheva. A seasoned 5th year player with loads of experience and wisdom on her back, Gera brings some fiery European gusto to the team. Her handler shut-down defense is feared by some of North America’s best handlers and her strikes are flawlessly timed. Gera is a fantastic teammate that will always have your back, even if that means taking a teammate to the hospital at 3am in San Francisco when there are 8am games the next day. Her dedication to the TBirds is unparalleled.

 

Gera with a nice grab against Oregon in the semi-finals of Stanford Invite 2013. Photo courtesy of Scott Roeder of UltiPhotos.

Gera with a nice grab against Oregon in the semi-finals of Stanford Invite 2013. Photo courtesy of Scott Roeder of UltiPhotos.

The basics

Name: Gera Stancheva
Height: 160cm
Age: 23
Field of study: Life sciences
Position: D-line Cutter

How/when did you start playing ultimate?

I started playing for my high school, Kitsilano Secondary, back in grade 8. My friend invited me to go with her to see what Ultimate was all about. The senior team had just moved up from the grade 8-10 bracket and they wanted juniors to start a new team. I loved it from day 1 and never looked back!

Who is your most influential player & why?

Tasia Balding. I’ve learned more about juggling frisbee, life, and fun from Tas than I could possibly imagine. Her ultimate IQ is unparalleled and she’s devoted a lot of her time and effort to coaching the T-Bird Ladies. Also, her full-field hucks are to die for… 

Gera winding up for a big pull in her rookie year.

Gera winding up for a big pull in her rookie year.

What is your favourite ultimate moment? 

Coming back from an 8-6 deficit against Iowa State at 2013 USAU College Nationals Pre-Quarters to win 15-12. I have never seen our team play with as much heart and passion. Watching our then-captain Catherine Hui (Chewy) sidelined with an injury half-way through the game really pushed our team to the max. My personal favourite moment of the game was going deep for a huck and then hammering to BBJ (Laurel) for the break. 

Favourite throw/ultimate play?

I ❤ Hammers. 

Any hobbies outside of ultimate?

Soccer. Tennis. Beach-ing. Reading. Puzzle-ing. Eating. Movie watching. SLEEPING (yes that’s a hobby).

Gera with an endzone catch and score in Douglas Bowl 2013.

Gera with an endzone catch and score in Douglas Bowl 2013.

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

Battlecats #MEOW Also headed to the World Ultimate Club Championship this summer in Italy with Team Fisher Price.

Any interesting facts about you?

I learned to drive stick when I was 13 in Bulgaria, taught by my grandfather. I’ve also recently become an aunt! I also go by Herb because when texting on T9 before the smartphone age, Gera would autocomplete to Herb.

Currently studying hard for her exams and finishing up her undergraduate degree strong, Gera is aspiring to be a doctor and working endlessly to juggle grades, MCAT studying, frisbee, school, family and friends. Check out our fundraising page for info on how to support Gera and the team, and even get some Thunderbird gear.