Canadian Ultimate Championships

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Canadian Ultimate Championships also known as CUC is an annual Ultimate Frisbee tournament organised by Ultimate Canada and the player association of the city where the championships are held.[1] Until 2016, all divisions were hosted in the same location. Beginning in 2016 the mixed divisions have been held as a separate event.

History of ultimate and disc sports in Canada[edit]

Australia vs Canada Ultimate players at WUGC 2012 in Japan. Ultimate Canada

Organized disc sports began in the early 1970s, with promotional efforts from Irwin Toy, the Canadian Open Frisbee Championships (1972–85), the Vancouver Open Frisbee Championships (1974–77) and professionals using Frisbee show tours to perform at universities, fairs and sporting events.[2] Disc sports such as freestyle, double disc court, guts, ultimate and disc golf became this sports first events.[3][4] Two sports, the team sport of ultimate and disc golf are very popular worldwide and are now being played semi-professionally.[5][6] The World Flying Disc Federation, Professional Disc Golf Association, Freestyle Players Association are the official rules and sanctioning organizations for flying disc sports worldwide. Ultimate Canada is the official rules and sanctioning organization for ultimate in Canada.

Ultimate is a team sport played with a flying disc. The object of the game is to score points by passing the disc to members of your own team, on a rectangular field, 120 yards (110m) by 40 yards (37m), until you have successfully completed a pass to a team member in the opposing teams end zone. In the early 1970s, Ken Westerfield introduced ultimate along with other disc sports North of the 49th parallel at the Canadian Open Frisbee Championships (1972-1985) and the Vancouver Open Frisbee Championships (1974–1976). In 1979, Ken Westerfield and Chris Lowcock, created the Toronto Ultimate Club (TUC). The Toronto Ultimate Club is one of ultimate's oldest leagues.[7][8]

The first Canadian Ultimate Championships (CUC) were held for the open division in Ottawa in 1987, produced by Marcus Brady and Brian Guthrie. OCUA subsequently hosted the 1993, 1999, 2002, 2011 and 2017 Canadian Ultimate Championships.[9]

Canada has been ranked number one in the Ultimate World Rankings several times since 1998 in all the Ultimate Divisions (including Open and Women's) according to the World Flying Disc Federation.[10]

In 2013, as a founding partner, the Toronto Ultimate Club presented Canada's first semi-professional ultimate team, the Toronto Rush[11][12] to the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL).[13][14] In their first season they went undefeated 18-0 and won the AUDL championships.[15] The American Ultimate Disc League and the now defunct Major League Ultimate (MLU) are the first semi-professional ultimate leagues.[16]

Upcoming Championships[edit]

The 33rd championships, CUC 2019, will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, August 11–18, 2019.

CUC 2019 Mixed will take place in Brampton, Ontario, August 22–25, 2019.[17]

Past Championships[edit]

Locations[edit]

Year Location Tournament Director(s)
2018 CUC: Brampton, ON

CUC Mixed: Surrey, BC

2017 CUC: Ottawa, ON

CUC Mixed: Saskatoon, SK

Venissa de Castro, Isabelle Blanchard, Naomi Garneau
2016 CUC: Edmonton, AB

CUC Mixed: Hamilton, ON

2015 Winnipeg, MB
2014 Waterloo, ON Andrew Portwine
2013 Vancouver, BC Brian Gisel and Teri-Lynne Belanger
2012 Victoria, BC Kevin Burleigh
2011 Ottawa, ON[18] Cory Bowditch, Stuart Ginn and Ken Lange
2010 Sherbrooke, QC[19] Damien Roy
2009 Winnipeg, MB[20] Corey Draper
2008 Calgary, AB[21] Dave McLean
2007 Toronto, ON[22] Blue McClellan & Allison Fletcher
2006 Halifax, NS[23] Ed Fong
2005 Winnipeg, MB[24] Danny Sanders
2004 Vancouver, BC[25] Brian Gisel
2003 Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC[26] Louis Beauregard
2002 Ottawa, ON[18] Gwen Prillo & Mike Hall-Jones
2001 Edmonton, AB[27] Calvin Li
2000 Vancouver, BC[28] Brian Gisel
1999 Ottawa, ON[29][30] Jack Webb & Mike Hall-Jones
1998 Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC[26]
1997 Victoria, BC
1996 Toronto, ON
1995 Calgary, AB Grant Burns
1994 Winnipeg, MB Dean Wright
1993 Ottawa, ON Maren Hansen and Keith Whyte
1992 Vancouver, BC Mike Kaweski
1991 Montreal, QC
1990 Calgary, AB Grant Burns & Rick Collins
1989 Vancouver, BC Adam Berson, Liam Robinson, Douglas Grant
1988 Toronto, ON Chris & Les Lowcock
1987 Ottawa, ON (inaugural championship)[31] Marcus Brady & Brian Guthrie

Open[edit]

Year Champion Finalist Third Place SOTG
2018 Phoenix (ON) Alberta Flatball Club (AB) Grand Trunk (ON)
2017 GOAT (Toronto) General Strike (Winnipeg) Phoenix (Ottawa)
2016 Grand Trunk (Toronto) General Strike (Winnipeg) Mio Grape (Vancouver)
2015 GOAT (Toronto) Furious George (Vancouver) Mockingbird (Montreal)
2014 Shepdog (Toronto) Blackfish (Vancouver) Demon (Montreal)
2013 Furious George (Vancouver) Phoenix (Ottawa) Mephisto (Montreal) Mephisto (Montreal)
2012 Furious George (Vancouver) General Strike (Winnipeg) The Ghosts (Calgary) Nelson Homegrown (BC)
2011 Furious George (Vancouver) GOAT (Ottawa / Toronto) Phoenix (Ottawa) Maverick (Waterloo)
2010 Moondoggies (Toronto) Mephisto (Montreal) Phoenix (Ottawa) NLA (NFLD) / Roy (Toronto)
2009 Mephisto (Montreal) Phoenix (Ottawa) Invictus (Calgary) Tommy Douglas Dream Team (SK)
2008 Nomads (Victoria) Mephisto (Montreal) Invictus (Calgary) General Strike (Wpg) / EMU (Edm)
2007 Furious George (Vancouver) GOAT (Ottawa / Toronto) Invictus (Calgary) Too Bad (Toronto)
2006 GOAT (Ottawa / Toronto) Mephisto (Montreal) Grand Trunk (Toronto) Swass (Fredericton)
2005 Nomads (Victoria) GOAT (Ottawa / Toronto) Phoenix (Ottawa) Too Bad (Toronto)
2004 Nomads (Victoria) Calgary D&D (Calgary) Grand Trunk (Toronto)
2003 Furious George (Vancouver) GOAT (Ottawa / Toronto) RWBB (?) Jerk Factory (Atlantic)
2002 GOAT (Ottawa / Toronto) Mephisto (Montreal) Phoenix (Ottawa) FOG (Halifax) / Mangina (Regina)
2001 Nomads (Victoria) Invictus (Calgary) Frisbots (Vancouver) Incognito (Edmonton)
2000 Furious George (Vancouver) Invictus (Calgary) waX (Ottawa)
1999 Furious George (Vancouver) waX (Ottawa) YES (Toronto)
1998 waX (Ottawa) Nomads (Victoria)
1997 Furious George (Vancouver) Alter Boyz (Vancouver) Cynics (Calgary)
1996 Furious George (Vancouver)
1995 Furious George (Vancouver) waX (Ottawa) Toronto
1994 waX (Ottawa) Vertigogh (Vancouver) Cynics (Calgary) Mufferaw Joe (Ottawa)
1993 waX (Ottawa) Vertigogh (Vancouver) Taxidermy (Toronto)
1992 Vertigogh (Vancouver) PP Wax (Ottawa) Cynics (Calgary)
1991 Vertigogh (Vancouver)
1990 Cynics (Calgary) Van Gogh (Vancouver) Prairie Fire (Winnipeg)
1989 Van Gogh (Vancouver) Cynics (Calgary) Secret Police (Ottawa)
1988 Cynics (Calgary) Darkside (Toronto) Cynics (Calgary)
1987 Darkside (Toronto) Cynics (Calgary) Montreal A (Montreal)

Women[edit]

Year Champion Finalist Third Place SOTG
2018 Iris (Quebec) Stella (ON) PPF (ON)
2017 6ixers (Toronto) Traffic (Vancouver) Iris (Quebec) Wendigo (Vancouver)
2016 Fusion (Winnipeg) Sneaky House Hippos (Vancouver) Flurry (Edmonton)
2015 Traffic (Vancouver) Iris (Montreal) Capitals (Toronto / Ottawa)
2014 PPF (Waterloo) Stella (Ottawa) Wild Rose (AB)
2013 Traffic (Vancouver) QUB (QC) Fusion (Winnipeg) Brizo (BC)
2012 Traffic (Vancouver) QUB (QC) Stella (Ottawa) Mystik (QC)
2011 Capitals (Ottawa / Toronto) Traffic (Vancouver) QUB (QC) Vintage (Montreal)
2010 Storm (Montreal) Stella (Ottawa) Lotus (Toronto)
2009 Lotus (Toronto) Stella (Ottawa) Zephyr (Vancouver) Salty (Halifax)
2008 Stella (Ottawa) Storm (Montreal) FLO (Calgary) Foxy (Edmonton)
2007 Traffic (Vancouver) Capitals (Ottawa / Toronto) Team Alberta (AB)
2006 Lotus (Toronto) Stella (Ottawa) Flo (Calgary) Storm (Montreal)
2005 Stella (Ottawa) Lotus (Toronto) Roughriders (Vancouver)
2004 Lotus (Toronto) Ya Ya's (Edmonton) Stella (Ottawa) Bushfire (Vernon, BC)
2003 Prime (Vancouver) Stella (Ottawa) Dame Edna (Ottawa) Sirens (?)
2002 Fuse (Ottawa) Urge (Toronto) Dame Edna (Ottawa) Crave (Winnipeg)
2001 Flo (Calgary) Urge (Toronto) Stella (Ottawa) Ya Ya's (Edmonton)
2000 Prime (Vancouver) Flo (Calgary) Urge (Toronto)
1999 Prime (Vancouver) Stella (Ottawa) Gameface (Toronto)
1998 Stella (Ottawa)
1997 Guests of Oprah (Vancouver)
1996 Guests of Oprah (Vancouver)
1995 Guests of Oprah (Vancouver)
1994 Guests of Oprah (Vancouver) Horizont'elle (Ottawa) Flo (Calgary)
1993 Horizont'elle (Ottawa) Guests of Oprah (Vancouver) Psychocybernetics (North Bay)
1992 See Jane Run (Toronto) Flo (Calgary) Spin Sisters (Vancouver)
1991 See Jane Run (Toronto)
1990 See Jane Run (Toronto)
1989 See Jane Run (Toronto) Lipstick Girls (Montreal) Flo (Calgary)

Mixed[edit]

Year Champion Finalist Third Place SOTG
2018 Happy Campers Mastadon Tilde
2017 Anchor (Halifax) Crash (Kitchener-Waterloo) Battleship (Montreal)
2016 Montreal Old Star (Montreal) Nagano 98 (Aurora) Local 613 (Kingston)
2015 Team Fisher Price (Vancouver) Union (Toronto) Bunny Thugs
2014 Crash (Waterloo) Max Power (Toronto) Local 613 (Kingston)
2013 Union (Toronto) Stache (Vancouver) Team Fisher Price (Vancouver) BFC (Ottawa)
2012 Odyssée (Montreal) Union (Toronto) UNight (Montreal) Skysharks (Victoria)
2011 Team Fisher Price (Vancouver) Odyssée (Montreal) Onyx (QC) Odyssée (Montreal)
2010 Onyx (QC) RIP (Montreal) Spawn (Fredericton)
2009 Chaos (Winnipeg) Onyx (QC) RIP (Montreal) Pandemic (Vancouver)
2008 Team Fisher Price (Vancouver) Onyx (QC) Psychoplastic (Edmonton) Wannabago (QC)
2007 Team Fisher Price (Vancouver) Bytown Flatball Club (Ottawa) Gecko (Sherbrooke)
2006 Camelot (Montreal) Chaos (Winnipeg) Bombing Madd Fatties (Toronto) Here to Pickup (Ottawa)
2005 Team Fisher Price (Vancouver) Joyride (Vancouver) Camelot (Montreal)
2004 Team Fisher Price (Vancouver) Bombing Madd Fatties (Toronto) Bodhi (Toronto) Krank (Halifax)
2003 Chaos (Winnipeg) Lucky (Victoria) Bonesaw (Vancouver) Sugar (Halifax)
2002 Lucky (Victoria) Mon Ami Burundi (Toronto) Grin (Montreal) Stakatak (QC)
2001 Idle Hands (Vancouver) Chaos (Winnipeg) Sumo (Montreal) Nine Inch Ales (Toronto)
2000 Ro-Sham-Bo (Vancouver) Chaos (Winnipeg) Idle Hands (Vancouver)
1999 Chaos (Winnipeg) Thrive (Toronto) Fabulous Flying Flamingos (Ottawa)

Junior Open[edit]

Year Champion Finalist Third Place SOTG
2018 TORO (ON) Eclipse (BC) Vortex (BC)
2017 MOFO (Winnipeg) TORO (Toronto) Ignite (Ottawa)
2016 MOFO (Winnipeg) TORO (Toronto) Bonfire (North Vancouver)
2015 TORO (Toronto) Alpha (BC) MOFO (Winnipeg)
2014 TORO (Toronto) MOFO (Winnipeg) Bonfire (North Vancouver)
2013 Wildcard (BC) MOFO (Winnipeg) Capital Punishment (Ottawa) Hydro (QC)
2012 MOFO (Winnipeg) Hydro (QC) BC Blaze

Junior Girls[edit]

Year Champion Finalist Third Place SOTG
2018 MOFO (MB) Eclipse (BC) TORO (ON)
2017 Misfit (BC) TORO (Toronto) Vortex
2016 Misfit (BC) Alpha (BC) TORO (Toronto)
2015 Alpha (BC) Vortex (BC) MOFO (Winnipeg)
2014
2013 Wildcard (BC) Vortex (BC) Overdrive (Toronto) Aera (QC)
2012 BC Blaze Overdrive (Toronto) MOFO (Winnipeg)

Junior Mixed[edit]

Year Champion Finalist Third Place SOTG
2011 Shock (Vancouver)[32] Overdrive (Toronto) Vortex (Surrey) bEAST (Halifax)
2010 West Coast Reign (Vancouver) Overdrive (Toronto) Vortex (Surrey)
2009 Blackout (Vancouver) Vortex (Surrey) MOFO (Winnipeg) DOAP (Winnipeg)
2008 MOFO (Winnipeg) Crossfire (Vancouver) Dirt (Toronto) QC (QC) / CUJO (Calgary)
2007 Backbone (Vancouver) Dirt (Toronto) OJ (Ottawa)
2006 Pyro (Vancouver) MOFO (Winnipeg) Vortex (Vancouver) Hustle n' Flow (Sackville)
2005 West Coast Blitz (Vancouver) MOFO (Winnipeg) OJ (Ottawa)
2004 MOFO (Winnipeg) Deep Threat (Vancouver) OJ (Ottawa) MOFO (Winnipeg)
2003 MOFO (Winnipeg) Hazmats (Montreal) G-Men (Calgary) The 613 (Ottawa)
2002 MOFO (Winnipeg) Schadenfreude (Vancouver) G-Men (Calgary) Dirt (Toronto)
2001 DFA (Vancouver) MOFO (Winnipeg) Calgary Juniors (Calgary) MOFO (Winnipeg)
2000 DFA (Vancouver) MOFO (Winnipeg) Blue Milk (BC)
1999 Tetris626 (North Bay / Ottawa) Seamless (Vancouver) MOFO (Winnipeg)
1998 626 (North Bay) MOFO (Winnipeg)
1997 Invisible Hand (Calgary)
1996 Prime Sinisters (Ottawa)
1995
1994 Eagles (Winnipeg)

Masters Open[edit]

Year Champion Finalist Third Place SOTG
2018 Max Power Borderline Queen City Kings
2017 NSOM (Montreal) Torque Best Before
2016 NSOM (Montreal) Grizzle (Central BC) Carbon (Edmonton) Carbon (Edmonton)
2015 Shepherds (Toronto) Muriqui (Vancouver) NSOM (Montreal)
2014 Borderline (Atlantic)[33] The Forgotten NSOM (Montreal)
2013 FIGJAM (Calgary) NSOM (Montreal) Flood (Winnipeg) NSOM (Montreal)
2012 Nomads (Victoria) FIGJAM (Calgary) NSOM (Montreal)
2011 Nomads (Victoria)[32] Glum (Ottawa) FIGJAM (Calgary) Flood (Winnipeg)
2010 Glum (Ottawa) FIGJAM (Calgary) Fuel (Toronto)
2009 Glum (Ottawa) FIGJAM (Calgary) Grind (Vancouver) EPIC (AB)
2008 Glum (Ottawa) FIGJAM (Calgary) Fossil (Toronto) Sabotage (Vancouver) / Scotch (Halifax) / Epic (AB)
2007 Tombstone (Toronto) Glum (Ottawa) Retro (Vancouver)
2006 Bad Daddy Ultimate (Ottawa) Smell My Mule (Ottawa) Relic (Calgary) Scotch (Halifax)
2005 Grind (Vancouver) Flood (Winnipeg) Cynics (Calgary) ECU (Halifax)
2004 Cynics (Calgary) Eddies (Vancouver) Grind (Vancouver) Red Flood (Winnipeg)
2003 Wuz (Ottawa) Grind (Vancouver) Smell My Mule (Ottawa) Never (Ottawa)
2002 Wuz My Mule (Ottawa) NADS (North Bay) Negli-gents (Vancouver) Aged to Perfection (Toronto)
2001 Relics (Calgary) Farm Accidents (Vancouver) Prairie Fire (Winnipeg) Smell My Mule (Ottawa)
2000 Farm Accidents (Vancouver) Relics (Calgary) Quality Control
1999 NADS (North Bay / Toronto) Smell My Mule (Ottawa) Relics (Ottawa)
1998 Wuz (Ottawa) Never (Ottawa) Smell My Mule (Ottawa)
1997 Smell My Mule (Ottawa) Relics (Calgary)
1996 D.E.A.D. (Ottawa) Aged to Perfection (Toronto) Passing Wind (Ottawa)

Masters Women[edit]

Year Champion Finalist Third Place SOTG
2018 Forever 31 Thrift Shop Mint
2017 Vintage lowercase DYNA (Calgary)
2016 Throwback (Edmonton) Eclipse (Ottawa) DYNA (Calgary) MASH (AB)
2015 Vintage Terra The Collective
2014 Terra (Toronto) Eclipse (Ottawa) Thrift Shop (ON)
2013 Vintage (Montreal) Terra (ON) Contraband (Vancouver) Vintage (QC)

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