Edmonton Canada may not be the most favored August destination, but I was keen to hop onto a plane August 15th and travel 6 hours and 21 minutes (layover included) to the “big E”. Why, you ask? To chase plastic!
Yes, you read that correctly. I’m obsessed with chasing plastic, or, more specifically, playing Ultimate Frisbee. If you have never heard of the sport, you can read all about it on Wikipedia or alternatively you can read the Ottawa Carleton Ultimate Association’s Coles notes.
I’ve been playing Ultimate for years and each summer if our hard work pays off, my team gets the chance to represent Ontario at the national competition.
But this year was extra special. Just like the Olympics coming around every 4th year, so too does the “big show” for Ultimate. Every 4th year is a “worlds qualifying year”. What does that mean you ask? The winning team at Nations becomes team Canada and gets to represent the north at Worlds; the top competition in our chosen sport. Everyone wants to go, and very few get that chance
Edmonton was where teams in 6 divisions: junior men’s (under 18), junior women’s (under 18), men’s, women’s, men’s masters (over 33) and women’s masters (over 30) traveled to for the chance to fight for first. The competition was fierce, and the atmosphere was intoxicating. While its hard to put into words how it feels to be at the national competition, this highlight video put together by Nick Kolakovic does a pretty good job:
My team, Lowercase, was playing in the women’s master’s division. Our initial ranking was third and we were ready to show we deserved first. After 3 days of playing in the windiest conditions I’ve been in, eight games later…
Well they say the journey is more important than the destination but coming home clutching gold felt amazing!
Here’s to the summer I chased down gold in Edmonton, and to the upcoming adventure it will bring!
Do you also play Ultimate, or perhaps another sport? Where have you traveled to play?