A couple of years back, UUM was a regular participant in the developing sport of Ultimate. This past Sept 28 it was good to see a disc once more flying across UUM skies. None was happier than Stephanie Chew, one of the original USJ Soar gang who went on to establish themselves as one of the premier Ultimate secondary school teams, often competing in the open tournaments with good success.
It was also a great reunion for Douglas and Stephanie as they first connected along with her brother William, Gladwin and many others six years ago as they organized pick-up for the Subang Jaya students over the holidays at USJ 12 field. How time flies! Hopefully there is more Ultimate to come at UUM…
In conjunction with the20th anniversary of KISMEC (Kedah Industrial Skills and Management Development Centre – Sg Petani), GSP organized a mini Ultimate Clinic on 7 September. While many of the students were caught up in the events of the day, many of the visitors to the carnival enjoyed throwing disc for the first time. Some – like this little guy in red pictured with Adam, Laurie and Whitney – developed a great forehand!
Many of the newbies in the north are preparing for the upcoming GSP-IKBN Jitra Ultimate Frisbee Fun Day Tourney on October 12th. Being the “tuan rumah” IKBN is especially interested in making sure its students are getting the basics before the event. This past Sept 27 witnessed a lot of enthusiasm as the Ultimate clinic began in the outdoor futsal courts because of the rain but then shifted to the adjacent fields for a perfect Ultimate setting – wet fields and cool weather.
En Azahar, head of the sports unit and a strong supporter of the Ultimate noted that the clinic was great not only for adding understanding of the sport of Ultimate…but that Ultimate gives the students a positive activity for filling their spare time and also is a good stress reliever!
Recently Cikgu Khairul contacted GSP for some MyDiscs and much to his delight he discovered that the timing worked out for GSP to help with an Ultimate clinic this past Sept 26 for his Form 2’s who had finished their exams.
What really helped this clinic was not only the positive response of the students, but the active participation of Cikgu Khairul and Cikgu Wan. As the leader goes, so goes the group! Another school, SMK Tok Labu recently stepped forward in Ultimate to join a number of other schools who are discovering Ultimate in Seberang Perai.
Many may not realize that one of the North’s strongest supporters of Ultimate is KMK located up in Canglun, Kedah. En Dzul Bahar has been a catalyst for Ultimate for the past several years – in fact, Ultimate is played by many students in their PJ classes.
This past March, KMK won the first Ultimate Frisbee Fun Day Tourney, defeating IKM Sik in the final. This past Sept 19th, however, everyone was a winner as both the guys and gals of these two PJ classes had a blast. Nothing like an afternoon clinic with plenty of time and great weather!
Doors opened for GSP to organise an Ultimate Clinic at SK Demi 1 on 14 September when Douglas was in town for a wedding the day before. A new friend, En Azman, was transformed into “Coach Azman” for the clinic – not bad for someone with less than 24 hours of experience.
Pn Zaiton, head of co-curriculum invited GSP to return anticipating a good response from the district education office. Following the clinic a brief visit to Pusat Sukan USM led to an invitation for a USM clinic sometime in the future.