Spirit Awards

Individual Spirit Awards

Spirit is integral to ultimate and the VUL. Every year we request nominations for the most spirited players in the league to receive the Laurel Stroppa Atwood Spirit Award and William Arthur Hawkins Spirit Award. 

Simply being nominated for one of these awards is an achievement to be celebrated. Receiving the award is the highest individual honour in the VUL. 

If you know someone we should recognize, please nominate them! Send a description of why they are a good candidate to contact@vul.ca.

Laurel Stroppa Atwood Spirit Award

Laurel Jean Atwood (nee Stroppa) was a well-known and much loved member of the VUL, heavily immersed in the community during the 90’s and 2000’s. Laurel had contagious spirit on the field and a jovial presence at league social events, many of which she was involved in planning and promoting. Through two bouts of breast cancer over 9 years, Laurel never lost her love for the game - even making it out to the field numerous times in her final year to cheer on her league team. Sadly, Laurel passed away in 2007. In 2008 the VUL renamed one of the spirit awards to the Laurel Stroppa Atwood Spirit Award.

Past Recipients

2022 - Natasha Hansen
2021 - not awarded
2020 – Virginia Watson
2019 – Wesley Chan
2018 – Jade Shiller 
2017* – Clint Sello
2016 – Meghan Mathieson
2015 – Shannon Seid
2014 – Kat Louman-Gardiner
2013 – Dasha Kvyatkovski
2012 – Tanille Geib
2011 – Cher Choi
2010 – Clare Kiernan
2009 – Krista Willoughby
2008 – Judy Chow
2007 – Carla Craddock
2006 – Eva Cham
2005 – Anne-Marie Carey
2004 – Tamara Roberts
2003 – Jenny Motkaluk
2002 – Mercedes Thaysen (Hayduk)
2001 – Alison Thompson
2000 – Hope Kubryn

William Arthur Hawkins Spirit Award

Art Hawkins was a prominent and impactful member of the VUL. He was a board member in the mid 2000’s, founder of Elimination 8’s, and served as Executive Director from 2008-2010. Art was renowned for his dedication to spirit of the game. His vision of spirit was always focused on the game as a whole. Not just about fouls or fair play, but a dedication to the sport of ultimate both on and off the field. Art worked tirelessly to help push our sport forward, and there is nobody playing ultimate in Vancouver today who does not benefit from his dedication to the VUL. Unfortunately we lost Art all too early in 2010 when he passed away from cancer. The following year one of the spirit awards was renamed the William Arthur Hawkins Spirit Award, the same award he also won in 2003. 

Past Recipients

2022 - Daniel Sax
2021 - not awarded
2020 – Melissa Woodward
2019 – Doris Chang
2018* – Matthew Fisher
2017* – Allison Lambert
2016 – Lawrence Duong
2015 – Jeffrey Roy
2014 – Ben Klein
2013 – Travis Smith
2012 – Rob Taylor
2011 – Mark Seiling
2010 – Dennis Hummerston
2009 – Stuart French
2008 – Jordan Menu
2007 – Arrlann Christie
2006 – Jeff Fast
2005 – Geoff Bell
2004 – Kelly Mah
2003 – Art Hawkins
2002 – John Lenko
2001 – David Savory
2000 – Torbin Mackenzie

* In light of the VUL's gender inclusivity policy changes, in 2017 we stopped handed out the awards according to gender.

Team Spirit Awards

Winning any Team Spirit Award is great achievement in the VUL, but doing so in Summer League is the biggest feat of them all. There are more than 50 teams playing each night!

We use average spirit score rankings through the 15 weeks of Summer League to determine a winner for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Past Recipients:

Mondays

2022 – The Ulti-Mates
2021 – (not awarded)
2020 – (not awarded)
2019 – Talk Nerdy to Me
2018 – DestructO Disk
2017 – G-Raff-A-ttack
2016 – Random Fling
2015 – Random Fling
2014 – Random Fling
2013 – Random Fling
2012 – Bzz-ers
2011 – Y’all Don’t Gnomey
2010 – Random Fling

Tuesdays

2022 –  Good X Crew
2021 – (not awarded)
2020 – (not awarded)
2019 – Dark Side of the Disc
2018 – Flick it to Ride
2017 – Sons and Daughters
2016 – Space Oddities
2015 – Robot Love
2014 – Illegal Smile
2013 – Soul Soldiers
2012 – Ultimate Beast Infection
2011 – Dark Side of the Disc
2010 – Chronic Injury

Wednesdays

2022 – 3FC: Frantic Flying Frisbee Chuckers
2021 – (not awarded)
2020 – (not awarded)
2019 – Dim Sum Warriors
2018 – Random Fling
2017 – Yttierbium
2016 –Dim Sum Warriors
2015 – Local Pint
2014 – Dim Sum Warriors
2013 – Dim Sum Warriors
2012 – Colonel Angus
2011 – The Marauders
2010 – Hammertime

Thursdays

2022 – Dark Side of the Disc
2021 – (not awarded)
2020 – (not awarded)
2019 - Rain City Ultimate Club
2018 – Jedi Force
2017 – Dim Sum Warriors
2016 – Stallions of Champions
2015 – Hand of Chal
2014 – Game of Throws: You Win or You Cry, Never Nudes (Tie)
2013 – East Van Halen
2012 – Suckin Lemons
2011 – Stallions of Champions
2010 – Ultimate Beast Infection

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