Sophomore captain of ultimate frisbee
March 20, 2017
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The ultimate frisbee team in the spring of 2012, and has been gaining members ever since. What started as a fun after school activity, is now a competitive club team working hard to get better each practice. Ultimate frisbee is a sport about teamwork and working together. Whether it’s about playing competitively, staying active after school, or just having fun, ultimate is a great sport to play to satisfy all three objectives. This after school club is about building trust, friendship, and being able to work with varying types of people.
Because the team started off with almost nobody at all, the team is still widely unknown. The entire club itself only has around 40 members, but every year they gain more and more players. There are multiple captains, but one stands out from the others: sophomore Emma Paquette. Paquette is the captain of the entire girls team. Since there aren’t enough female players for multiple teams, the girls team competes at both the varsity and junior varsity levels. For Paquette, being the captain thrills her. “I’m excited to see the young new talent on the team, and see what they have to offer,” Paquette said.
Since its creation 2012, the BSM ultimate frisbee team has chosen Paquette, and she’s the youngest captain they’ve ever had. Paquette is excited to see the new talent on the team. Being the second season of the school year, Paquette is more prepared to work with the new players and exhibit better leadership techniques, while also having fun. Although Paquette has been playing ultimate on the BSM team for two years, she has been practicing and playing the sport for years. “It’s about the love of the game, and working with the team to have a good time and take home some wins,” Paquette said.
Being such a young captain is a huge honor for Paquette, and she plans on using her captainship to improve the team and their skills. “I wish to be a good leader by example of playing, but I feel like I’m not the best player on the team. I think I’m going to learn a lot from the other captains, and apply that to my own leadership,” Paquette said.
Ultimate, for Paquette, is a big deal. Even though ultimate means a lot to her, she is unsure if she is going to continue the sport in college. “I’m too young to tell if I want to play ultimate in college, but I’ll probably figure it out soon,” Paquette said.
When the team was first created, they started off very well, winning more than they lost. Since then, players started graduating, and other players just stopped coming. Although this is a setback, they are hopeful to rebuild and get better players to join them. “We hope that people will start noticing ultimate in the future, and encourage more people to play,” Paquette said.