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2011 SPIRIT OF THE GAME AWARD


MIKE “SPUD” FLEURY NOMINATED BY: ANJA HAMAN


ACCOMPLISHMENTS • Coached Magee High School with Darryl Grigg (Spring 2011)


• Organized and hosted many league clinics in Vancouver (organizes the volunteers and coaches as well as gets people out)


• May Super Clinic: 200 participants and 30 coaches


• Weekly Spring clinics 2011 (April) • Does this year in and year out, for decades


• Helping with the Ultimate Canada Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) project as well as the NCCP coaching manual


Spud is an INSTITUTION in Vancouver


for hosting large scale clinics to teach the game to League members. He started them way back in the 90’s with a vision to spread the love of the game far and wide. His energy and ability to create events that are enjoyable for all levels of skill is legendary. The full afternoon multi session style drew outlandish numbers in short order because it was informative, fun, inclusive, and included a show case game while participants were fed burgers and pop. And critical to Spud, every super clinic had a mandatory Spirit of the Game session as part of the rotation. These continue to this day, with Spud still finding volunteers, fields, cones, and the time to donate. Spud arranged for a group of players


from Vancouver to teach Ultimate in White Horse in the 90’s when a small rogue group of people were creating a league there. This is typical of his generosity over the years: no opportunity to teach Ultimate is too far away. Spud has recently


taken to teaching Ultimate to communities outside of Canada. He travelled to Mexico in late 2010 to offer a week long training course to a group of Mexican players. Spud cares


deeply about Ultimate, and spirit of the


game in particular, and he has grown our community by teaching the game to beginners and intermediate players in particular. He opens the door for new people to discover our sport, and does so with unparalleled warmth and grace. He is an outstanding ambassador for our sport, and our country.


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