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Posted On: 20 September 2023 01:30 pm
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Meet Team Qatar Ultimate: 20 years of frisbee, fun and community impact!

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What does frisbee mean to you? Is it a sport, a hobby, or just something you play for fun on a beach day with your loved ones? For the members of Team Qatar Ultimate, frisbee is much more than that. It's a passion that brings together people of different nationalities and age groups, all working towards a common goal.

In this week's Qommunity Voices interview, we delve into the story of Team Qatar Ultimate. Their two-decade-long perseverance and commitment towards this sport are highlighted, as well as their future goals of expanding the community in Qatar and effecting positive societal change.

The (ILQ) team had the pleasure of interacting with a representative of Team Qatar Ultimate to introduce you to the thrilling world of Ultimate Frisbee.

Tell us about Team Qatar Ultimate and how it all started.

Qommunity Voices: Meet Team Qatar Ultimate: 20 Years of Frisbee, fun and community impact!
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Team Qatar Ultimate: Team Qatar Ultimate emerged as a lively and dynamic community in 2004. What began as a humble, free, and casual gathering has since blossomed into an enduring legacy spanning almost two decades. The journey of Team Qatar Ultimate has been marked by an influx of individuals from diverse walks of life - different nationalities, professions, and age groups coming together in pursuit of a common passion.

Over the years, while many joined and departed, the core group has remained exceptionally dedicated and talented. These diverse personalities and backgrounds have transformed Team Qatar Ultimate into not just a team but a close-knit family, making it a genuinely enriching and delightful experience for all who have had the privilege of being a part of this remarkable sporting journey.

What is Ultimate Frisbee?

Team Qatar Ultimate: Ultimate Frisbee, often called "Ultimate," is a fast-paced and non-contact team sport played with a flying disc, commonly known as a frisbee. It combines elements of soccer, football, and basketball, emphasizing sportsmanship, fair play, and a strong sense of community.

The objective of Ultimate is for two teams to advance a disc up the field, aiming to catch it in the opposing team's end zone for a point. Players cannot run while holding the disc and must establish a pivot foot. It's a self-officiated sport where players are responsible for their actions and resolve disputes on the field through respectful communication.

Ultimate Frisbee has numerous offensive and defensive tactics that come into play and is known for its inclusivity, spirited play, and emphasis on teamwork, making it a unique and enjoyable sport for people of all ages and skill levels.

What are some unique aspects of Team Qatar Ultimate that make it stand out?

Team Qatar Ultimate: Team Qatar Ultimate is an open community in Qatar committed to developing the sport through training, practice sessions, pickup games, and tournaments. We have seen an amazing transformation of players who were complete newbies and now can train fresh talent themselves. We welcome everyone with open arms to join us and are fully committed to sharing the joy of ultimate frisbee.

Some unique aspects of the team are:

  • Exceptional Spirit: Team Qatar Ultimate is known for its exceptional spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie on and off the field. Players uphold the core values of fair play, respect, and mutual encouragement.
  • Inclusive Community: The team offers free community training sessions, welcoming individuals of all skill levels and backgrounds. This inclusivity fosters a supportive environment where beginners learn and seasoned players can hone their skills.
  • Monthly Tournaments: Regular monthly tournaments allow players to compete, showcase their talents, and bond as a team. These events not only elevate the level of play but also create lasting memories for participants.
  • Empowering Women in Sports: Team Qatar Ultimate promotes gender equality by encouraging women's participation and providing equal opportunities, contributing to a diverse and inclusive sporting community.
  • Youth Development: Team Qatar Ultimate offers children's training sessions that introduce them to Ultimate Frisbee while instilling values like teamwork, discipline, and a love for physical activity.
  • Multinational Diversity: The team is a diverse melting pot of cultures, ages, and professions, fostering global friendships and exchanges.
  • Social Impact: Team Qatar Ultimate uses sports as a vehicle for positive change in society, making it a standout team both on and off the field.

How do members of Team Qatar Ultimate support and motivate each other?

Qommunity Voices: Meet Team Qatar Ultimate: 20 Years of Frisbee, fun and community impact!
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Team Qatar Ultimate: Members of Team Qatar Ultimate exemplify a remarkable level of support and motivation within the community. First and foremost, the spirit among team members is truly exceptional. Whether you are a rookie player taking your first steps on the field or a seasoned veteran with years of experience, you'll find unwavering encouragement and support from your teammates.

The team offers free training sessions for all skill levels, fostering growth and improvement. We motivate each other to level up and provide feedback for improvement on and off the field.

Mentorship is key to team growth. Experienced players act as mentors, sharing knowledge and guiding newcomers. Team Qatar Ultimate is a community that supports and motivates its members on and off the field, fostering inspiration and excellence.

How do you think Ultimate Frisbee benefits individuals and the broader community in Qatar?

Team Qatar Ultimate: The growing community speaks for itself. Ultimate Frisbee in Qatar offers a range of benefits to both individuals and the broader community, making it a sport with a meaningful impact. Ultimate Frisbee is a fun, fast-paced sport that draws players from diverse backgrounds and encourages discipline.

On the other hand, some individuals take Ultimate Frisbee very seriously, pursuing it as a competitive sport. This commitment fosters discipline, teamwork, and a strong work ethic as players strive to improve their skills and excel in their athletic pursuits. It is a testament to the sport's adaptability, catering to casual players and those with a competitive edge.

One of the most significant contributions of Ultimate Frisbee to the community is its emphasis on female participation. Actively promoting and including women in the sport not only empowers female athletes but also sets a positive example for broader gender inclusivity in sports and society.

Are there any upcoming events or projects that the team is looking forward to?

    Team Qatar Ultimate: Absolutely! There are exciting events on the horizon that Team Qatar Ultimate is eagerly looking forward to. We are thrilled to represent Qatar at the Middle East and North Africa (MENA 2023) Ultimate Frisbee Championships scheduled to take place in Dubai on the 10th and 11th of November 2023.

    It is a proud moment for our team to showcase our skills and sportsmanship on an international stage. This championship promises to be an incredible experience, with 20 different frisbee teams participating from various countries across the MENA region.

    The competition and cultural exchange such events offer are invaluable, and we cannot wait to be a part of it. We are dedicated to performing our best and making our supporters proud in this upcoming championship.

    How have you seen Team Qatar Ultimate evolve and grow?

    Qommunity Voices: Meet Team Qatar Ultimate: 20 Years of Frisbee, fun and community impact!
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      Team Qatar Ultimate: Over the past two decades, Team Qatar Ultimate witnessed remarkable evolution and growth that has truly transformed the community. What started as a modest gathering of frisbee enthusiasts has blossomed into a thriving and structured organization. Twenty years ago, we were a small, close-knit group passionate about the sport, playing for the sheer joy of it. Today, we have expanded significantly in size and structure.

      One of the most notable changes has been the structured approach we've adopted, which has enabled us to organize events, training sessions, and tournaments more efficiently. This structured approach has not only improved our gameplay but has also made the sport more accessible to newcomers and the wider community.

      Ultimate Frisbee in Qatar has seen a significant outreach, gaining many followers who appreciate its values. This growth has fostered inclusivity and sportsmanship within the community.

      Can you share any memorable experiences or moments you've had in this community?

        Team Qatar Ultimate: The Team Qatar Ultimate community has had many memorable experiences. Participating in tournaments has strengthened our skills and bond as a team.

        One unforgettable moment was our first international competition in Saudi Arabia. Representing Qatar and showcasing our growth and dedication was truly special. These moments inspire us to push our limits in Ultimate Frisbee.

        What initiatives or programs are in place to encourage youth participation in Ultimate Frisbee?

          Team Qatar Ultimate: Team Qatar Ultimate is deeply committed to encouraging youth sports participation through various initiatives and programs. One of our most significant endeavours is the "All School Frisbee Coaching Clinic," a pioneering initiative designed to introduce Ultimate Frisbee to schools across Qatar.

          Our coaching clinic offers an engaging introduction to Ultimate Frisbee, with experienced players as dedicated trainers. It teaches fundamentals and instils values like teamwork, sportsmanship, and discipline while encouraging students to embrace the sport's positive impact on fitness and personal development.

          We offer coaching clinics to schools, making Ultimate Frisbee accessible to young athletes. Our goal is to encourage a love for the sport, promote healthy lifestyles, and instil the values of Ultimate Frisbee in Qatar's youth. Ultimately, we aim to strengthen the sporting community in Qatar through nurturing youth participation.

          What are your future goals and aspirations for the Team Qatar Ultimate community?

          Qommunity Voices: Meet Team Qatar Ultimate: 20 Years of Frisbee, fun and community impact!
          Image Credit: Team Qatar Ultimate

          Team Qatar Ultimate: Our future goals and aspirations for the Team Qatar Ultimate community are centred on growth, competitiveness, and representation on the global stage. One of our primary objectives is to continue building a competitive team that can consistently compete at the highest levels of Ultimate Frisbee. To achieve this, we aim to:

          • Develop Local Talent: We are committed to nurturing and developing local talent, ensuring that players in Qatar have access to top-notch coaching, training facilities, and resources to excel in the sport.
          • Participate in World Championships: We aspire to represent Qatar in more World Championships and international tournaments. This not only promotes Qatar on the global stage but also provides valuable experience and exposure for our athletes.
          • Expand Outreach: We plan to expand our outreach programs, including school clinics, youth development initiatives, and community engagement efforts. These activities will help us grow the sport at the grassroots level and introduce it to a broader audience.
          • Foster a Culture of Excellence: We seek to foster a culture of excellence within our community, emphasizing sportsmanship, teamwork, and continuous improvement. This will not only enhance our competitiveness but also ensure that we are ambassadors of the sport's core values.
          • Strengthen Community Bonds: As we grow, we want to maintain the close-knit, family-like atmosphere that has defined our community. Strengthening bonds among members and ensuring that everyone feels valued and supported remains a top priority.

          Is there anything else you want to share or discuss about your experiences within Team Qatar Ultimate?

          Team Qatar Ultimate: Team Qatar Ultimate is open to all age groups and genders. Come join our free sessions to explore your frisbee skills, or say hello and enjoy the game with unmatched spirit and good vibes!

          Free training is held in Crescent Park at Lusail. Please note the location will be posted on our Instagram page - @qatarultimate.

          The sessions are as follows:

          • Tuesday Coaching Clinic (Open to all): 7 pm to 9 pm - Crescent Park Lusail
          • Ladies Only Coaching Clinic: Tuesday - 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm - Crescent Park Lusail
          • Friday 5 am Squad: 5 am to 7 am (Open to all) - Crescent Park Lusail
          • Saturday Endurance Training: 6 pm to 8 pm (Open to all)

          How can individuals interested in joining or supporting the community get involved, and how can they reach out to you?

          Qommunity Voices: Meet Team Qatar Ultimate: 20 Years of Frisbee, fun and community impact!
          Image Credit: Team Qatar Ultimate

            Team Qatar Ultimate: Interested individuals can contact us through our social media platforms.

            Have you heard of Team Qatar Ultimate Frisbee? Does this inspirational story drive you to be a part of 'Ultimate Frisbee'? Let us know in the comment section and share this interview- it keeps us going!