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needed to find 6 teams to commit to playing! It was all down to the wire, and we almost didn’t get our 6 teams. Many great people helped us get the word out – UltiVillage, SkyD Magazine, NexGen, UltiCards, IAmUltimate, and many others. In the end, Canada, Australia, USA, Japan, and then Great Britain and Germany, signed up. Once there, Team Canada

women’s masters were excited to finally meet as a full team. The roster, comprised of players from across Canada and as far away as Libya, included 3 decades of talent and experience. It was an excellent opportunity for each person to meet and play with key figures in the Canadian Ultimate scene, both current and past. The excitement of

playing in the inau- gural year of the divi- sion was evident. We had a mix of players who had not had the opportunity to rep- resent their country before because they

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didn’t live in cities that typically win CUC, balanced with multiple CUC and WUGC champions. Players just entering their 30s were balanced with those who built the competi- tive base 15 years ago, and continue to play now. Support of the division was appreciated as it recognized us as women who contribute to the sport and continue to compete and excel, even as we balance fam- ily and careers. That enthusiasm for the division was evident in the spirit circle after each game. Every team we played expressed their joy for the division, and the mutual rec- ognition that we wouldn’t be there without one another. We organized a couple practices prior to the tournament, and 2 scrimmages against the GB wom- en’s division team. It was a good chance to work through the jet-lag and heat, and bond as a team. Once the tournament started, we unfortu-

nately suffered three major injuries: Anja Haman, Jaimie Kot and Kaoru Matsui all suffered broken bones early on. Nonetheless, we were fired up

as we headed into the final game against the USA, having beaten them in pool play. Unfortunately, some quick turnovers in the first half put us down at half. We called a time out, made some adjustments, and started a crowd pleasing come- back. Alas, it was not quite enough, and the silver medal was ours. With many positive things to take

from the experience, we hope the division carries on and grows so that more women around the world can enjoy the thrill of playing at WUGC. It’s legacy already begins… a team is being put together for Kaimana Klassik in Hawaii 2013 for any players who played at WUGC in the women’s masters division!

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