Q: What is motivating you for 2019?
A: Being eliminated in the pre-Quarters at Nats this year. Furious feels like we’re on the cusp of making a deep run and the squad is looking strong heading into 2019 which fires me up! That taste of coming so close in the bracket makes me excited to see what another year with this team could look like.
Q: What does your training regimen look like?
A: I go to the gym 2-3 times a week and try to mix in a track session a week as well to make sure I get some suffering in there as well. Cross training with other sports like soccer keeps things fun! I’ve been struggling through a couple labral tear injuries in my hips, and so it’s a constant process to be rehabbing and managing those injuries.
Q: Who inspires you on your team and in the ultimate community as a whole?
A: The guys I coach at the University of Victoria are a big inspiration. They’re just a goofy group of dudes that have a lot of passion to get better at the sport and its a great feeling watching them improve through a season.
On my team, the three captains Underhill, Davis, and Fred are great role models with the discipline and focus they bring to every session and aspect of their lives. All three go about things with their own particular style and are awesome.
A few other players that inspire me are Catherine Hui, Andrew Carroll, Alex Snyder, and Kevin Lore!
Q: What is your mindset when you take the field?
A: I like to play with something to prove out there. I find that dealing with pressure is easier when you feel you have nothing to lose. Just dive in and go for it!
Q: What do you do outside of ultimate?
A: Whatever I’m doing I love to compete. So if it’s not on the ultimate field I’m playing soccer, disc golfing, cards, video games (the list goes on) and trying to win at everything.
Q: What is something you are very passionate about that you think people should be more educated on?
A: Reading! Doesn’t matter what you’re reading about, just find something that interests you. I took history in school, which was a ton of reading and it can jade you, so remember to read something you enjoy.
Q: What tournaments are you attending this year?
- Summer Solstice, Eugene
- Select Flight Invite, Columbus
- Canadian Ultimate Championships
- Labour Day, Washington
- USAU series!
Q: What are your goals for 2019?
A: Defending Furious’ regional title in the Northwest this year from Rhino and Sockeye, and making a deeper run at Nationals this year.
Personally, I’m hoping to be the fittest I’ve ever been for a club season, which has been a struggle due to injuries the last little while.
Q: What are three pieces of advice you would tell yourself when you first started play?
- Throw and play as much as you can. League, 3v3, throwing with your friends – do it all! Fastest way to get better.
- Do the not as fun stuff like going to the gym, warming up and recovering properly your body with thank you later!
- No matter what game you’re playing in, you can win that game. The more you play, the more you learn that every team is fallible.
Q: What does better than ever mean to you?
A: Better than ever means doing whatever you can to bring the best out of yourself and your teammates at all times. You can’t always play your best but if the effort is there, the results will follow.