Media loves Shenzhen

Two more pieces of media coverage of Shenzhen Ultimate: South China Daily and Shenzhen Mobile TV.

And the guys over there have recently launched the Shenzhen Ultimate Frisbee website/blog. Check it out.

Ultimate in Southern Metropolis Weekly

The Southern Metropolis Daily has just published a big feature about China Ultimate titled, “Ultimate Frisbee Universe Needs No Referee.” If you think something’s lost in this translation, go see the story for yourself.

HT: Shen

Manila Spirits (and Ultimate) write-up in CNNGO


By Beijing’s Mitch Moxley

…In November, Manila hosted its annual “Spirits” tournament, which drew a record 47 teams from across Asia. The tournament attracted corporate sponsors and was covered by local media.

“This year’s tournament was huge, not just for Manila but for all of Asia ultimate,” says Mel Lozano, a tournament organizer. “What started as a small group is now a huge international community that continues to grow. It’s beyond what anyone expected.”

Singapore Open in the online news world

From Red Sports:

Japan-Taiwan Ultimate team Mo’chi came from behind to beat Philipinas from Philippines 12-11 on the final day of the 11th Singapore Ultimate Open 2009 to emerge champions.

CUUP (China) beat Vudoo (IndonesiaVietnam) 12-8 to become Pool B Champions while it was an all Singaporean final in Pool C, where Lagi Shiok beat SMU 12-7 to claim the position of Pool C Champions.

Ultimate players from countries such as Thailand and India came together for this 2-day event, each bringing their passion for the sport.

“Ultimate is good spirit and fun, but at the same time challenging…A lifetime of fun!” exclaimed India’s captain Mark Scott, 33. Alec Hutson, 29 from China United Ultimate Party, also known as CUUP, shared, “Ultimate is based on fairplay, fun and love for your opponents…One of the best things in my life.”

Also see: Disk Knights Orange come in 3rd in Singapore Open 2009.

Leave it to China Daily to post a picture that has nothing to do with Ultimate Frisbee in an article about Ultimate Frisbee

We’re not really singling out China Daily on this one, though. If this were, say, the Washington Post, there’s a 50-50 chance a dog would be in the picture.

Really, really late on this one — sorry — but from a May 31 article in China’s No. 1 English-language newspaper:

Ultimate word in speed and stamina

A disc, a field, and eight cones. They can capture the imagination of all ages.

Entering the Chinese mainland nearly a decade ago, Ultimate Frisbee is fast becoming a big hit. A growing number of players gather at the Peking University every Saturday to indulge in its thrills.

For players in the Beijing Ultimate Frisbee, the “ultimate” is no longer a leisurely toss across the beach, but more of a competitive sport. It has graduated from a robust and entertaining beach activity to a highly competitive sport, over the past few years.

Check out this quote about spirit of the game:

“The spirit of the game at lower levels is of helping one another to learn the game, and be a little more accepting. At higher levels, it’s more about respecting your opponent and taking responsibility to know the rules,” says Wang Lei, a 20-year-old who joined the club two years ago.

Nicely done.

To whomever on Hang Time made this article happen: bravo, good sirs.

Introducing: Ultiverse

Not sure how we missed this, but the UltiVerse (now on the blogroll) ran a podcast last November featuring Beijing Ultimate’s Andrew Shen and Zahlen Titcomb and Tianjin Ultimate’s Edward Wang.

In the spirit of better-late-than-never, here is that episode.

Though technically this site isn’t responsible for having missed that show when it aired, as we had yet to exist.

China (okay, Ningbo) Ultimate in Shanghaiist

None other than Huwa’s Geoff Ng writing

Alright, alright…we know “Ultimate” isn’t the best name for a sport. Especially one that was invented by hippie stoners. So yeah, we do get a lot of flak for what it’s called–one of our friends even insists on calling it “just OK frisbee”. But Ultimate is actually one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and China is no exception to that rule. Hong Kong and Shanghai have held annual tournaments for years now, but since the first National tournament was held in Beijing two years ago, local-run tournaments have been popping up in Kunming, Tianjin, and Ningbo.

The first national tournament was in Tianjin, but… details, schmetails.

POSTSCRIPT: Congratulations to the team captained by Jon Greenberg and Alec Hutson, Dynomite, for winning the six-team hat tournament. Winning may be an understatement though: Dynomite went 7-0 and cruised up to and through the finals. We’ll have pictures up later.