For most of Jasmine Childress’ life, ultimate was a sport for gym class. As an elite volleyball player who had experience across basketball and track as well, Jasmine didn’t take to the ultimate field until the second year of pursuing her PhD.
Malcolm Bryson is grateful for his good fortune during a hard year. With plenty of work and time at home, the year has been marked by self-improvement inside and out.
Life was busy for Rupal Ghelani before lockdown, and she liked it that way. Each day was packed with things to do, and on days that weren't, it meant there was time to fill.
Newfoundland is a unique province. Full of history, rugged coastlines, and quaint towns, this beautiful region lies on the very eastern tip of Canada. The province, as one of the maritimes, was able to successfully lock down early in the COVID-19 outbreak, allowing athletes like Erin Daly to get back to gyms and training earlier than athletes elsewhere.
A natural athlete focused on ultimate for years, Zellema Mot found the pandemic shut down not only her competitive outlet, but in many ways her social life as well. It was a lesson in appreciation for the people within her bubble, and those who stayed in touch.
For Anouchka Beaudry, lockdown has consisted of setting goals and refocusing. Since the World Championships were cancelled in 2020, the already busy Anouchka had to find more ways to stay active and occupied, and found solace in running.
Levke Walczak has had one goal in mind for years, and that goal has remained unchanged: play at the World Games in 2022. The COVID pandemic has been a setback for this goal, for the simple reason that it’s harder to improve at ultimate without playing consistently, but in this case, it’s a minor setback.