The thrill of Ultimate | North Bay Gem

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Kaitlyn Lovatt is looking forward to bringing the ultimate thrill to North Bay high school students.

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Lovatt is a certified Ultimate Frisbee coach, and she and a few friends want to develop the sport between 14 and 18.

In conjunction with the North Bay Ultimate Players Association, Lovatt and friends are hosting a free junior Ultimate Frisbee program this fall on Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.

Anyone between the ages of 14 and 18 is welcome.

Lovatt emphasizes that no experience in the sport is necessary.

“What we would really like is to bring a junior team to a national championship,” says the longtime player.

Lovatt is aiming for the summer of 2023 for such a team to exist and be ready to compete. She also says it could take two years to achieve that specific goal.

This series of clinics is just the beginning.

“Longer term, say ten years from now, what we’re trying to do is spread the love of the game of Ultimate Frisbee,” says Lovatt.

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“We see this as a very popular sport to play in the City of North Bay. We try to develop this sport as it was in the city. We need this influx of junior players to fuel the league of North Bay Ultimate players,” adds Lovatt.

Lovatt sees it as a sport anyone can play without breaking the bank to do so.

“All you need is a pair of running shoes or cleats. It is a very inclusive sport; the Open division is open to all genders.

In the short term, the program aims to give players a taste of the sport.

There may or may not be actual matches played during the six weeks of the clinics.

Lovatt says those interested can show up at the Chippewa Middle and High School football field beginning Sept. 15 at 4 p.m.

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