Local Ultimate Frisbee club Chuckies invites you to take a closer look at a sacred part of the Ultimate Frisbee culture – overseas tournaments.
The club, which has been in existence since 2002, has produced a 1:44 min video
that offers a peek into their experience at a tournament held in Penang, King of the North, in February 2017.
Placing first and third amongst the twenty four teams, Chuckies filmed their weekend and added a musical twist inspired by Academy Awards winning film La La Land.
“Travelling as a team for a 48-hour getaway from the grind brings with it all kinds of fun and frolic, which is what we’ve tried to capture in this video,” said Abhishek Radhakrishnan, head of Chuckies Media Committee.
The lucky few who were sent off by friends and family at the airport. Photo: Chuckies
With a minimum of six 60-90 minute games played over two days, players usually leave their home country on a Friday night and land in the host country in the wee hours of Saturday and head straight to the fields.
The fortunate ones may land early enough to get a few hours of sleep in. Most fly back home on Sunday night after the final game.
Practicing and teaching more than 50 players the steps to the closing number in the video. This was during breaks in-between games during the tournament. Photo: Chuckies
As gruelling and arduous as the routine may be, players within clubs rush to sign themselves up for the tournaments before spaces run out.
Players come from all walks of life including students, working adults and parents.
“Nothing beats playing with a group of people you have trained hard with and share similar values of how the game should be played. The experience, regardless of result, is very rewarding,” said 37-year-old Mark Chang and father of two.
“I get to spend an extended period of time with my team and see their non-frisbee side of them. My favourite is the unexpected experiences and secrets you uncover while on the trips,” said Janice Lim (pictured above). The 21-year-old is one of two female singers in the video. She is also currently part of the Singapore Management University’s A-Capella group - SMU Voix.
In the sport’s formative years in Asia, it is believed that such tournaments were held in to bring clubs from various parts of the region to play against each other as not many people played Ultimate in each country, said Kumaresan Gohulabalan, former Captain of Chuckies who has been playing competitive Ultimate for seven years.
The 34-year-old public servant, who will be participating in his 16th overseas tournament in April added that these tournaments have since developed into a strong part of Ultimate culture and now serves to foster closer bonds between players in the ASEAN region.
Players prepping themselves with sunblock ahead of the games. Photo: Chuckies
“It also serves as a great escape for working adults, as we are able to squeeze in 48 hours of intense playing and fun with little disruption to work arrangements,” he added.
But beware the post-effects of such a weekend filled with Ultimate, as Abhishek warns.
“After all that action packed into a weekend, the withdrawal hits hard, and all you can think of is another day of sun,” said Abhishek.
This article was contributed by Angelina Dass.