This is my 3rd season as captain of Union.
5th season as a Unionite, 7th season of club, 10+ years of chasing plastic.
I’ve had my fair share of highs & lows with Ultimate: achey niggles, training I don’t want to do, and gut wrenching losses.
On the flip side, jaw dropping plays, memorable road trips, and triumphant wins.
Through competitive sport, I realized I strive for excellence in all domains of life.
𝐈 𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐨𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐡 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞.
So powerful was this realization that I shaped my life mission similarly:
𝙄 𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙥 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙥𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙚𝙭𝙘𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚 & 𝙗𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙖𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩.
• I facilitate opportunities to compete in Ultimate.
• I invest in others’ growth & development.
I will set my whole self up for success – mind, body, heart – so that I can fully invest into myself and into others.
I had a fateful conversation with a friend a few years ago. They said, “I want to compete for as long as my body allows me to.” I know there will come a time when my mind & heart are willing, but my body is not. Until that moment, I am grateful for the privilege to compete at the highest levels.
I tour because I’ve watched others play with grace, intelligence, athleticism, and humility and think, that could be me.
I tour because I want to set the bar higher for Ultimate and challenge those around me.
I tour because I don’t know any other sport comparable to Ultimate.
*A revision of ‘Why do I tour‘ written in March 2017