A Huge Shout Out

Kerri and Steph
Steph Wood (right) Kerri Kightley (left). These two phenomenal women have done so much for PUL. Both have been on the Board. Both have coached Juniors. Both have run clinics. (Steph is running a clinic tonight!)

Name: Stephanie Ann Wood
Hometown: Peterborough, Ontario 
Years Playing Ultimate: I don’t know, 6?

Favourite Ultimate Memory: Ah! So many! The first game I was able to play after knee surgery. Nothing CRAZY happened, I was just able to PLAY again. 🙂

Favourite thing about Peterborough Ultimate League: The moves that this league is constantly making towards being more progressive & inclusive. 

Why did you start playing Ultimate? Two Words: Kerri Kightley 

Why do you still play Ultimate? Being able to play at all levels of competition with my friends & continuing to make new friends! 

What’s your “signature play” or throw? Shooter’s gotta shoot. 

What’s a skill you’re working on right now? Patience. Jumping. Upwind Hucks. Layouts. Kindness. The list is endless..

Favourite tournament and why?: Harvest. Why? Because it’s the best tournament of the year!

Weirdest thing you ever dressed up as for an ultimate tournament?: A cookie. 

What do you do other than play Frisbee (e.g. work, fun, family)?  I work at the Only Cafe & Providence. I have fun, occasionally, outside of playing Ultimate. I love donuts & cappuccinos. My family still don’t fully understand my obsession with Ultimate Frisbee… they’ll come around. 

Kerri Kightley is a quiet sort. But she’s been playing Ultimate since her youngest was 6 weeks old. With the amount of ultimate she’s played I’m sure she’s got some great memories. We thank her just the same.

We’ve Got More to Thank

Emily Burns – Junior Recreational Coach

Name: Emily Burns
Hometown: Bridgenorth
Years Playing Ultimate: 5 years 

Why did you start playing Ultimate?  I grew up watching my dad play and he was an active member in the PUL community. 

Favourite tournament and why?  Nationals 2017 and Nationals 2018. I had so much fun playing with a great group of girls. A lot of hard work and skill development paid off! 

Favourite ultimate memory: In 2017 when we played in the mud on the Markham fields. We slid more than we ran. 

Kevin Coulter – Junior Recreational Coach

Name: Kevin Coulter
Hometown: Whitby originally, but I have lived in Peterborough for 17 years now.
Years Playing Ultimate: 14

Favourite thing about Peterborough Ultimate League: Meeting so many amazing people and life-long friends. Watching students develop the skill at an early age.

Why did you start playing Ultimate? Was looking for a co-ed sport to play with my wife.  We wanted to get some exercise and meet people in Peterborough.

What’s your “signature play” or throw? The Hammer !

Who’s another PUL player you love to play with, and why? Ian Potts, we started this sport together and have been on multiple teams together.  He’s a great friend and we know how to read each other on the field.

What’s a skill you’re working on right now? Just trying hard to keep up with the youth and not having a heart attack!

Our Thanks Continues:

Erica Chellew – Juniors Coordinator and Board Member

Name: Chellew, Erica (the first name is secondary so that I am not confused with the great Erica Newton)
Hometown: Lakefield 
Years Playing Ultimate: 10-ish (?) Got really dark for awhile there when the babies were coming out…

Favourite thing about Peterborough Ultimate League: the friendliness. I brought a friend in last year and she kept asking “why is everyone being so nice to me? I keep making mistakes and they keep telling me it’s okay”.

Why did you start playing Ultimate? My brother told me I had to and all my friends were doing it.

Why do you still play Ultimate? Love the people I get to play with, it keeps me focused, it pushes me to do more, try harder even when my old old body begs me to lie down

What’s your “signature play” or throw? I’m so boring. I am really good at always being available for the dump. 

Who’s another PUL player you love to play with, and why? Yannick always makes my day better, on the field or not. So does Holly Simpson. 

What’s a skill you’re working on right now? Moving faster. And I’m always aware of my lackadaisical defensive spirit. It needs improving.  

Favourite tournament and why? Love Harvest but also love Montreal Jazz fest 

Weirdest thing you ever dressed up as for an ultimate tournament?: A flight attendant. Whoops, that’s a real thing that happened. 

What do you do other than play Frisbee (e.g. work, fun, family)?  I spend a lot of time reading the unedited thoughts of high-schoolers. 

Juniors Enjoying a Popsicle
Sarah Desjardins is shy. So she shared a picture of her son William and Nigel Chellew-Doucet

Name: Sarah Desjardins
Hometown: Ottawa
Years Playing Ultimate: None! Never played the sport, but am supporting my son, William and his love of the sport.

Favourite Ultimate Memory: Watching William learning the sport and the smiles of all the kids on the field

Favourite thing about Peterborough Ultimate League:  its inclusivity and accessibility 

Why did you start playing Ultimate? I don’t actually play but my son does.   Kyle Hunter introduced the sport to William and he loved it!

What’s your “signature play” or throw? I don’t have a signature play but William loves the frisbee tag and the box drill.

What’s a skill you’re working on right now? Right now, I’m supporting the PUL Juniors at Bridgenorth as a parent volunteer and just really trying to learn as much as I can about the sport and how to support the program.

What do you do other than play Frisbee (e.g. work, fun, family)?  I work for the MNRF and enjoy spending time with my two children, William and Charlotte