PUL AGM

AGM Reminder

Our rescheduled AGM is happening on May 14, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

This is a vital part of the PUL calendar: we need to approve (an admittedly pretty provisional) budget, vote for new Board members, and bring a few important issues to the attention of our membership. It is important that we have as many members attend as possible, and every team that is planning to return should have at least one representative.

This meeting will happen via Zoom, which allows large scale video conferencing as well as the option to phone in if your internet connection is not the strongest. The app is easy to download and relatively straightforward to use. As we get closer to the date, we’ll send out some more details and tips for usage.

Voting will happen during and after the meeting, most likely through Google Surveys.

The Board is meeting next week to finalize the agenda and format of the meeting, as well as firm up details of the voting process. Once we have that locked down, we’ll pass it on.

So for now, nothing to do except mark May 14 on your calendar!

ALSO…

Board Members Needed

In the past year, we’ve seen the implementation of our Gender Ratio policy, developed Concussion protocols, laid the groundwork for a Masters League (bite me, COVID), added more Juniors time, all while overseeing and supporting the great spirit and play of PUL’s 600 or so members.

And so…we need help! Board participation takes a variety of forms. Usually, Board members take on a committee portfolio (participating in one of our subcommittees) or League initiative. Board meetings happen once a month or so (slightly less over the summer). There are always beverages, snacks, and smiling faces.

If you are interested in running for the Board, please write up a short statement of interest – a letter of intent, describing your skills and your passion for our fine sport and community, and send it to our Operations Coordinator, Jocelyne Stone.

Give It Up For…

Derek Hatfield – Is on the GrandMasters Committee

Name? Derek Hatfield
Hometown? Wawa
Years Playing Ultimate? 11
Favourite 2019 ultimate memory? Playing hard with Just Disc under the sunset at TASS in the playoffs
Favourite thing about PUL? Camaraderie, exercise and meeting new people
Why did you start playing Ultimate? I was new to Peterborough and wanted to meet new people and have some exercise 
Why do you still play Ultimate? Friends, team interaction and strong rapport
Who’s another PUL player you love to play with, and why? Cara Rutter, Co Captain of our team and good friend. She has lots of knowledge of the game and I still learn from her.
What’s a skill you’re working on right now? I heard learning to flick is a good skill to have, I’ll try that
What do you do other than play Frisbee (e.g. work, fun, family)? Curling in winter takes most of my time. Board games, canoeing, camping, hiking, travelling, list goes on.

Erica Chellew
Chellew – Is on the Executive and is our Junior Coordinator.

Name? Erica Chellew
Hometown? Lakefield
Years Playing Ultimate? 10, give or take a few
Favourite 2019 ultimate memory? I always love the mid-summer extra long games when half of the team is away and you start the game with no idea how you and your savage crew are going to pull off any sort of play. Somehow, win or lose, the pieces of the evening fall into place and it’s always the best game of the season. 
Favourite thing about PUL? the people
Why do you still play Ultimate? the people
Who’s another PUL player you love to play with, and why? My answer from last year about Yannick is still valid. But I got the opportunity to play with Mark Wallace this year and that was nothing short of fabulous. 
What’s a skill you’re working on right now? hammers and scoobers.

Frenchie – Our Tuesday Summer League Coordinator

Name? David French
Hometown? Lakefield
Years Playing Ultimate? 17
Favourite 2019 ultimate memory? Every game with the Floppy Discs. We live, laugh, love, and grow every time we all get together on the frisbee field. <3
Favourite thing about PUL? PUL is a fantastic community that is full to the brim with amazing and supportive characters. If you ever need something, there is guaranteed to be someone that can help you among the many members of this growing family.
Why did you start playing Ultimate? You don’t have to be the tallest or the strongest to throw a nice I-O flick 😀
Why do you still play Ultimate? This sport quickly became a passion and an all-consuming love. What else would I play?
Who’s another PUL player you love to play with, and why? Tyler Steeves. The guy won’t stop smiling and I love it.
What’s a skill you’re working on right now? Lefty everything.
What do you do other than play Frisbee (e.g. work, fun, family)? There is life outside of frisbee? o.O

Tara MacLeod – Our Thursday Summer League Coordinator

Name? Tara MacLeod
Hometown? Stouffville, ON
Years Playing Ultimate? 7 years
Favourite 2019 ultimate memory? Getting into the finals at Harvest (but also the entire Harvest weekend) and Tarica
Favourite thing about PUL? How welcoming and supportive the PUL community is. 
Why did you start playing Ultimate? When I first moved to Peterborough I was on Kerri Kightley’s team in the women’s basketball league and she said I should try ultimate. I joined the league in summer of 2013 and have been playing ever since. 
Why do you still play Ultimate? All the reasons – spirit of the game, competitiveness, sociable, staying fit
Who’s another PUL player you love to play with, and why? There are so many to name. If I have to choose one it would be Phil Reid. He is always so positive and just a joy to be with. I always look forward to playing on his team or coaching juniors together. 
What’s a skill you’re working on right now? Not touching my face, good hand hygiene and physical distancing. When we are all allowed outside again I will be working on my pull. 
What do you do other than play Frisbee (e.g. work, fun, family)? When not playing ultimate I can be found working as a Pharmacist or at home crocheting. 

Todd Melville – He is an advocate for all things juniors!

Name? Todd Melville
Hometown? St. Catharines, ON
Years Playing Ultimate? 20
Favourite 2019 ultimate memory? Playing with my family on Stormbreaker.
Favourite thing about PUL? The people
Why did you start playing Ultimate? I always loved to throw the frisbee.  It is cathartic for me, now more than ever.  That led to me enjoying teaching others to throw a disc and play ultimate, so I started coaching.  That was 16 years ago.
Why do you still play Ultimate? Same reason I started playing, because I love throwing the disc.
Who’s another PUL player you love to play with, and why? My sons, Aidan and Tristan.  It’s been amazing to see them learn how to play ultimate, and to watch them grow into spirited players who love the competition of playing a team sport
What’s a skill you’re working on right now? Disc golf.
What do you do other than play Frisbee (e.g. work, fun, family)? We love time at our cottage, walking our dog, and I’ve just started to try out disc golf.

There are so many more volunteers that help run this league of ours. They chose to be silent, but we thank them just as much.

Thanks to These Fine Folk

Steph Wood – Helps create and run clinics, coaches juniors…she’s busy in PUL.

Name? Stephanie
Hometown? Peterborough 
Years Playing Ultimate? 5-6
Favourite 2019 ultimate memory? Going to the Pan American Ultimate Championships in Sarasota, Florida. Getting to be a part of an awesome womxn’s team while helping to represent Canada in an international tournament was pretty incredible. 
Favourite thing about PUL? How we’re slowly learning to accept the new changes in the league. Whether it be gender equity, juniors playing in the “adult” league, new rules, gender identity, etc. We’re getting there as a community. 
Why do you still play Ultimate? I love how this sport is governed by Spirit of the Game. At every level, it’s governed the same, by the same set of rules & still (for the most part) self-refereed. There’s no other sport in the world like it in that regard. Spirit of the Game can be seen at all levels – especially at the highest levels. 
Who’s another PUL player you love to play with, and why? All of the juniors of Young’uns from this past Thursday night session (shout out to Chloé Corbeil for coordinating!!). Have you seen these folks play?! The HEART & the DRIVE that they have is incredible! If they choose to play with PUL throughout their teens & twenties, we’ll have some amazing competitors in our league to help support when they try out for teams like the Toronto Rush, 6ixers, Tox6ix, Team Canada & so forth. 
What’s a skill you’re working on right now? Making better, more calculated throws when defenders have clamped down. Oh, and a full field huck or 5. 
What do you do other than play Frisbee (e.g. work, fun, family)? I work so I can play ultimate for the most part. Other than that, you can find me on bicycle, reading, sitting in cafe windows… pretty boring stuff. 

Holly Simpson – Runs SunJam, helps coach Juniors. She’s another busy helper. And definitely one of the cool kids!

Name? Holly Simpson
Hometown? Trick question – Peterborough?
Years Playing Ultimate? 10(ish)
Favourite 2019 ultimate memory? A tie between coaching the U14 Juniors to victory on Monday nights and the Spontaneous Snack Potluck at SunJam in June. 
Favourite thing about PUL? Carpooling with Kenny Hoard!
Why did you start playing Ultimate? Because the cool kids were doing it.
Why do you still play Ultimate? Because now I AM a cool kid!
Who’s another PUL player you love to play with, and why? Brian Tighe – because he is wicked fast and cool AF, as stealthy and cunning as a ninja, and he sends the VERY BEST emails. <3
What’s a skill you’re working on right now? Knitting socks, keeping a low profile and (re)learning bird calls/songs
What do you do other than play Frisbee (e.g. work, fun, family)? I like bicycles, specifically riding them.  I also enjoy outdoor adventures with dogs and dog people and helping out on Look-A-Bout Farm #5.

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Name? Rachel Friesen 
Hometown? Peterborough 
Years Playing Ultimate? 10?
Favourite 2019 ultimate memory? Finals on Tuesday!!
Favourite thing about PUL? The close community
Who’s another PUL player you love to play with, and why? Jared Lucas because I am legally obligated.
What’s a skill you’re working on right now? Throwing further 
What do you do other than play Frisbee (e.g. work, fun, family)? Plants plants plants

Dave Johnston – have you ever seen this guy coach juniors? He is so enthusiastic, the kids love him.

Name? David Johnston 
Hometown? Victoria 
Years Playing Ultimate? 9
Favourite 2019 ultimate memory? Watching some  amazeballs one handed  diving catches from others
Favourite thing about PUL? The Culture of good spirit 
Why did you start playing Ultimate? I was a bit of a slug and needed some physical activity
Why do you still play Ultimate? love the sport, the people and the evening 
Who’s another PUL player you love to play with, and why? Jennifer Brewer!! Because she’s a pretty remarkable person on and off the field
What’s a skill you’re working on right now? Um 😬 at home ? I’d say ‘chip elbow’ workouts
What do you do other than play Frisbee (e.g. work, fun, family)? I love skiing, paddleboarding, windsurfing