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Levke Walczak

Levke Walczak

Q: What is motivating you for 2019? 

A: I feel like I’ve progressed so much as a player over the last couple of seasons. You can always improve on something as a player, but this year is to show what I am capable of. This is my year to establish myself as a dominant two-way player and not only a really talented one.

Q: What does your training regiment look like?

A: Thanks to BE Ultimate I’m training with Tim Morrills program at the moment. This means going to the gym about 3 times/week, 2 conditioning/ movement and quality workouts and ultimate on the weekends.

Q: Who inspires you on your team and in the ultimate community as a whole?

A: A big part of my inspiration comes from trying to be the best – to be better than everyone. It can be just a small part of someone’s game – someone’s high release backhand, someone’s abilty to throw and go, someone’s decision making in a Universe point, someone’s footwork on defense. I try to soak in all those little pieces that I see in other players and then work on it until I excel in it as well.

What is your mindset when you take the field?

A: I used to play soccer during High School and once a teammate told me “Whenever I play soccer, I feel like the sun rises” – I could never take her seriously. But then I started playing frisbee. And now I can say: Whenever I play Ultimate, I feel like the sun rises. When taking the field, I’m grateful, I’m fulfilled, I want to play, I don’t want the game to end.

Q: What do you do outside of ultimate?

A: I’m studying medicine in Rostock by the Baltic Sea – which is a big reason of why I went to this city. I can just take my bike and be at the ocean within 20 minutes. Reusing, recycling, upcycling and cycling are all things I integrate in my daily life as much as possible. I’m trying to follow a plasticfree life – well, except for discs.

Q: What is something you are very passionate about that you think people should be more educated on?

A: Plastic reduced lifestyle!

Q: What tournaments are you attending this year?

  • Apr 6/7 Bologna Invite, U24 Germany Women 
  • Apr 13/14 Germany Women training camp
  • Apr 19-21 Rimini Germany Mixed Beach
  • Apr 27-29 either Copa Tanga with Germany Mixed Beach or Germany U24 Women training camp
  • May 3-5 Tom's Tourney Germany U24 Women
  • May 6-12 Beach Europeans Germany Mixed Beach
  • May 18/19 Germany Women training camp
  • May 30-June 2 Germany Women training camp
  • June 22/23 Mixed nationals
  • June 29/30 Germany U24 Women training camp
  • Jul 13-20 U24 World Championship

Q: What are your goals for 2019?

A: My season this year will have multiple peaks – in May I will play the European Beach Ultimate Championship with the goal to win and prepare for WBUC in 2020. In July I will participate in the U24 World Championship – a tournament and season that I can play for the last time and provides me with a lot of responsibility. Lastly, I will play US Open in August with the German Women’s National Team.

Q: What are three pieces of advice you would tell yourself when you first started play?

A:
  1. Go throw
  2. Play as many tournaments as possible
  3. Throw more

Q: What does better than ever mean to you?

A: “Better than ever” is more than a slogan or a motto. I think it is an excellent representation of how I like to live my life. I really enjoy getting better, practicing something and learning it is such a gratifying feeling. I don’t like those quotes about “putting in the work even when it sucks”. Too me it never sucks or at least it shouldn’t. The process is and should be part of what you enjoy. Of course, there are also times where my motivation is far away and going to the gym is not easy. But becoming better than myself and better than the competition is such a huge drive for me. And it is so much fun!