It has been a full and
wholesome year for Simar Dhaliwal, who has made waves on the playing field with
her stellar player resume over the last few years.
Ellipsis in 2019 and not only played in the Nationals-winning womens team but
was also selected to compete with Ellipsis at the US Open in August this year.
Couple this with her selection as one of twelve players for the Melbourne
Flames (where she recently featured in an article (https://australianultimateleague.com/news/player-spotlight/melbourne-rookie-has-the-flames-in-her-hand/?fbclid=IwAR1XHM7g_9xOQanmEe0i72H_-vLFydodDvGkTMcm5FbfrMOaqmMjYhS5zA0 for the Australian Ultimate League) [Can you please hyperlink]
and her selection on the Bluebottles (mixed) to compete for Australia for the
U24 World Ultimate Championships), you wonder how she has had time to add
coaching to her arsenal.
Coaching is the next
challenge for Dhaliwal. “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing players
that you coach over a season or campaign develop to become better players and
people. It brings me so much intrinsic value.”
For Dhaliwal, the
inspiration to become part of the Weedy Seadragons this year comes from her
involvement as a player for the previous two campaigns. “I want to help coach
the next generation of ultimate. This campaign is a great step in paving a
pathway towards elite ultimate and the U24 Australian representative teams and
I would love to be a part of that for young women just as my coaches were for
The Weedy Seadragons
boast a dynamic roster of players and Dhaliwal is excited to see the commitment
and energy of the team. “The culture in the team is amazing and everyone is
just getting around each other! I am excited to help the players realise their
potential with their abilities. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be the
best Weedies campaign yet!”
The Australian U22
Ultimate Championships will take place in Canberra from Friday 30 November 2019
to Sunday 2 December 2019.
The first Victorian U22 team coach we are featuring is Steph Chong who is making her debut as assistant coach with the Blue Devils.
Chong joined Ellipsis
Ultimate in 2019 and is one of three sisters who have become heavily involved
with Ultimate over the past few years. Chong most recently competed at the U24
World Ultimate Championships 2019 with the Stingrays (womens) in Germany and currently
plays with Deakin University Ultimate.
Her involvement with
the Blue Devils began in 2017 as a player along with fellow Blue Devil’s
assistant coach Charlie Medic. “We had such an awesome time playing that we
thought there was no better way to stay involved and give back to the U22
program than to become coaches.”
This year Chong has
learned more than she had in the years prior which she puts down to her experiences
with Ellipsis Ultimate during the 2019 Australian Ultimate Championships and
the Stingrays. “This year Ellipsis taught me what it is like to play at a high
level, what it takes to be the best and what drive people to want to continue
getting better.” Chong also noted that despite a disappointing finish with the
Stingrays, it taught her resilience and ignited a desire to improve not only
her game but the game of others around her.
Chong wants to make her
coaching debut count because of her past experience with great coaches at the
youth level. “If it wasn’t for the experiences I had playing U22s, I don’t
think I would have taken that next step and played for Ellipsis or represented
Australia. I recognise how much of an impact the under 22s program can have on
someone’s path through ultimate and I would like to assist and inspire the next
generation of Blue Devils in deciding the path they wish to take and help lead
them along the path they choose.”
The 2019 Blue Devils promise to be an exciting outfit, according to Chong. “We have had one training session so far and it was super exciting to get our campaign underway. Coaching and the responsibilities that come with it is not something I have much experience in, but I am looking forward to the challenge and what we can achieve.”
The Australian U22 Ultimate Championships will take place in Canberra from Friday 30 November 2019 to Sunday 2 December 2019.
Congratulations to the following athletes who will be representing the Ellipsis Men’s team at the Ultimate Australia Tour in 2020.