Posted by Kristine Salzmann on February 5, 2021 9:11 am
We’ve restarted our Community Spotlights campaign, where on the first Sunday of each month we’ll feature a VUL community member who is contributing to ultimate in awesome ways.
Jeremy is the newest member of the VUL team! He joins us as the Regional Leagues Coordinator and Merchandise Coordinator, which involves running the Surrey and New West/Burnaby leagues and organizing prizes and merchandise distribution. Pre-COVID, you may have seen Jeremy on the field in Vancouver - he’s consistently taken up the team captain role since 2008, and we could not run our leagues without the spirit and support of captains! - as well as at disc central volunteering his time to help tournaments around the Lower Mainland run smoothly. Learn more about what Jeremy looks forward to most on the field, and his commitment to food sustainability when he doesn't have a disc in hand.
# if Years in Ultimate:
Roles in the Community:
What do you love about the VUL?
I love the wide network of contacts I've gained from the sport. I always know I have a friend nearby when I'm on the field, and the relationships are what make the sport unforgettable. Smiling faces upon arrival at my games are what I look forward to the most - the laughter and joy that comes out of playing ultimate are what resonates with me long after the hard caps are called.
In your opinion, what makes ultimate special?
Of all the sports I've played, while we can sometimes get heated and disagree on the field, ultimate is the most welcome I've ever felt in a sports community. Regardless of the varying differences each player brings from a personal standpoint, people are genuine, sincere and inclusive. Many of the players are of a similar mindset and have a common goal: play ultimate, be a good person, and have fun.
When did you start captaining, and what inspired you to start?
I've been the captain of every team I've been on since 2008. The responsibility usually gravitates to me; I don't always volunteer, but I definitely don't mind. I enjoy getting people together for the love of playing ultimate, and thrive in the challenge of ensuring everything is lining up properly. I've learned a lot about leadership in these roles, and have faced a lot of ups and downs, but I value the experience and hope to inspire people to be the best they can for the team and community.
If you're not playing ultimate, what do you do?
I love being outdoors. I play softball, ride my bicycle, and enjoy traveling the world. I'm also an outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, and sourcing my own food sustainably. I take my free time very seriously, and I will fill it with having as much fun as possible!
Photo: Jeremy playing defense in the VUL's summer Shades 'N Hats tournament (then known as Babes 'N Hats). Credit: Justin Ho Photography
Do you know someone we should highlight with our Community Spotlights? Tell us about them! Email email@example.com for more info on how to nominate someone.
Past Community Spotlights:
- January 2021: Kelly Wunderlich
- December 2020 - Christa Hoy
- November 2020 - Allie Lambert
- October 2020 - Mimi Pan & Ted Chu
- September 2020 - Melissa Woodward
- June 2020 - Jennifer Nicholls
- October 2019 - Beach Ulti Pickup Organizers
- September 2019 - Shannon Seid
- August 2019 - Alex Lam
- July 2019 - Brianne Wager