About the Team

2017 College Championships: UBC Thunderbirds

After hiring Fulcrum Media Group, LLC to film all 55 women’s division games from the 2017 College Championships and many weeks of curating 100+ hours of content, the first of many highlight clips and sizzle reels drops today! First up: The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds top plays.

Posted by USA Ultimate on Monday, July 24, 2017

The UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Ultimate Sport Club is a consistently high performing team that competes primarily in the USA Ultimate (USAU) College Series in the spring of each school year with the primary goal of qualifying for – and winning – the USA College National Championships. Most recently, in 2017, the UBC Women placed third at USA Nationals.

The 2017-2018 will start with tryouts happening in late November and will continue with regular practices happening from the beginning of January until the end of May. Regular season tournaments typically occur in March, qualifier tournaments in April, and National Championships in May.

The UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Ultimate Sport Club is looking for passionate and skilled players to join our 2017 team. Ultimate is a unique sport that combines athleticism, skill, and spirit; and we value all three aspects of the game. We pride ourselves in promoting an inclusive and fun atmosphere without sacrificing our competitive drive to be one of the top 3 ranked Women’s Ultimate teams in North America. We invite all students interested in competing at high-level women’s ultimate to come to our try-outs.

Eligibility Requirements:

Previous experience with the sport will be an asset, although is not necessarily required to make the team. There is an expectation that players will do their best effort to attend all three practices a week (two evenings and one weekend morning) and all tournaments. Athletes will also be expected to complete required additional individual fitness outside of practice. Lastly, athletes will be required to have a valid passport in order to travel to the United States regularly for tournament play.

Equipment Requirements

The Ultimate player’s mantra when leaving the house : “Light, dark, cleats, water”.


Dates for the 2017-2018 season are as follows:

Monday November 20th – Open Tryout

Thursday November 23rd- Closed Tryout #1

Monday November 27th- Closed Tryout #2

Team Fees: 

Team fees will be paid in installments throughout the spring and will roughly total at $600-$700. These cost will cover fields, tournament fees, apparel, hotels, gas, etc. Certain tournaments will require flying (Stanford Invite and Nationals) and are the individual responsibility of the player. They will add to roughly $800-1000 total. There will be significant fundraising efforts made throughout the season to help subsidize these costs.

Practice Schedule:

Practices will start at the beginning of January and continue until the end of May, leading up to Nationals. There will be three practices per week spanning 2 hours each session.

  • Two practices will take place on weeknight evenings (7-9 pm or 8-10 pm) and
  • One practice will take place Saturday mornings; time TBA.

Exact time and locations will depend on field assignments for the month. Additional fitness sessions will also be required.

Competition Schedule:

Douglas Bowl: February 24th, UBC

2016-2017 Results
1st Place: Bellingham Invite (Bellingham, WA)
3rd Place: Stanford Invite (Fremont, CA)
1st Place: USAU Cascadia Sectionals (Bellingham, WA)
1st Place: USAU Northwest Regionals (Walla Walla, WA)
3rd Place: USAU Nationals (Cincinnati, OH)

2015-2016 Results:
3rd Place: Stanford Invite (Fremont, CA)
2nd Place: Northwest Challenge Cup (Burlington, WA)
5th Place: USAU Nationals (Raleigh, NC)

UBC TSC Executives of the Year, 2015-16 Season

Individual Awards:
TSC Athlete of the year 2016-2017: Ellen Au-Yeung
2016-2017 Second Team All-American, USAU: Ellen Au-Yeung
2017 All-Region First Team, USAU: Ellen Au-Yeung
2017 All-Region Second Team, USAU: Ellen Au-Yeung
2017 Rookie of the Year Runner-Up, USAU: Kaitlyn Harper
2017 Breakout Player of the Year Runner-Up, USAU: Janelle Siwa
2015-2016 First Team All-American, USAU : Mira Donaldson
2016 Callahan Award Finalist, USAU : Mira Donaldson
2015 Rookie of the Year, USAU: Ellen Au-Yeung

Founded in 1997, the Women’s Ultimate team has competed yearly in the USAU College Series and holds a National Championship Title from 2008. A high level of achievement has been maintained over the years, with a 5th place finish in 2016 and 3rd place finishes in 2015 and 2017.

The team consistently is ranked among the top teams in North America and seems to have an endless flow of young talent from the Junior Ultimate Programs in BC. Vancouver has a strong junior ultimate scene which has provided a talented pipeline for the UBC team. In fact, many rookies join the team with years of high-level playing experience already under their belt, be it with Team BC or Team Canada. Many UBC players have represented Canada at U20 and U23 junior worlds in the past, bringing home bronze, silver and gold medals. UBC leads the country in the growth of elite women’s Ultimate, with the current 2018 U24 Canadian team being represented by many Thunderbirds as well.

Beyond the many players who have competed on the U19 and U23 Canadian National Teams, UBC’s distinguished alumni Candice Chan, Mira Donaldson, Catherine Hui, Kira Frew, Rena Kawabata, and Rachel Moens have all competed for the Canadian World Games Team, playing at the highest level on the world stage.

In previous years, the Women’s Ultimate team has existed as part of the UBC AMS Ultimate Club – a community that still exists for students who do not wish to compete at a competitive level.

Name Position Email
Ellen Au-Yeung Finance Officer womensultimate.sc@ubc.ca
Joanna Lo Club Lead womensultimate.sc@ubc.ca
Julia Zhang Marketing and Communications Officer womensultimate.sc@ubc.ca
Katherine McGuire Travel and Safety Officer womensultimate.sc@ubc.ca

We host numerous fundraisers throughout the season including 5v5 tournaments, alumni events, and replica jersey sales happening at various points throughout the season. Stay tuned!


To view tournament previews, recaps, results, rankings, and highlight videos for both the UBC Thunderbirds Women’s and Men’s Ultimate Sport Clubs please visit http://ultiworld.com/


For more information regarding recreational Ultimate, please email an Executive at womensultimate.sc@ubc.ca or visit the AMS UBC Ultimate Club website at https://ubcultimate.wordpress.com/

UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs - Women's Ultimate
6000 Student Union Blvd.
Student Recreation Centre
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z1

604-822-3683 womensultimate.sc@ubc.ca

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