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Rob Altemeyer, MLA Wolseley
December 4, 2014

World Ultimate Club Championships

Mr. Speakers, I am deeply proud today to tell the story of our province’s exceptional showing at the World Ultimate Club Championships held this past summer in Lecco, Italy. No less than three different ultimate Frisbee teams from Manitoba qualified for these world championships. Their names are General Strike in the open men’s, Fusion in the women’s, and my own team, Flood, in the older masters division. Manitoba athletes also competed as members of Canada’s national junior teams in both the men’s and women’s tournaments.

Mr. Speaker, I’ve had the hounour and privilege of competing at the national level in three different sports so far in my life, but running out onto the field at that first time in a world championship with a maple leaf proudly on my shoulder was a special moment I am not going to forget anytime soon. All of the training, the practices and yes, even the endless wind sprints and the stupid burpees were a small price to pay for the chance to compete for your country against the best athletes in the world in a sport that you love. I can’t thank my teammates and especially our team captains for that opportunity.

So how did we do on the world scene? Well, all three Manitoba squads came back sporting winning records against the best in the world. Both Strike and Fusion finished in the top 10. My own team, Flood, came within a whisker of top eight, and then battled hard for a top 15 finish.

Manitoba players on the women’s junior team won the silver medal while the junior won gold. High-quality ultimate Frisbee is coming soon to Manitoba. Mr. Speaker, because we have just been named the host of next year’s national championships. This August Tournament will bring over 2,000 participants and $2 million in sports tourism activity to our province. Winnipeg Ultimate Park in Maple Grove will be the venue, a facility, I’m proud to say, became a reality with financial support from our government.

Mr. Speaker, I hope my colleagues will join me in thanking and congratulating all of the Manitoba athletes who competed at the world championships in Italy and allow their names to stand in Hansard as part of the official record and archives of our fine province.

Thank you very much.