Peter Knowles has been a key player in the Ottawa open and master’s competitive programs for 20 years. Identified as a player with outstanding skills he was recruiting to the Ottawa competitive program and was a key member of waX from 1990 to 2001 during which time he won 3 national championships (one with GOAT). He then went on to become a regular member of the Ottawa and Toronto team GOAT between 2002 and 2005 and won another national championships with in 2002, a year in which he was also named tournament MVP.
Peter had the honour of representing Canada at the world championships in 1992, 1994, 1996 and 1998 winning a bronze at the 1994 games. He has been a member of the No Borders champion team an amazing six times and has most recently been playing for the master’s team GLUM.
Peter is known for his combination of acceleration, speed and height and was often a threat for deep throws or fake deep-cuts. He is particularly skilled at reading the disc and has an impeccable sense of timing on the field. A valued asset on both offense and defense he was a target in early forms of Ottawa iso offences. While his athletic abilities were valued by his teammates they most treasured and appreciated his unique sense of humour.
Glenda Smith began playing ultimate with OCUA in 1992 and worked with Steve Ott to create the Britannia Beach tournament that very same year. In 1993 she was the first coordinator of a 4/3 division and took on the responsibility of serving on the league’s executive committee which she served on until it became the board of directors. Glenda was then elected to the board of directors and served a one year term. Around this same time she was a member of the Land Purchase Committee which identified and proposed the purchase of UPI.
In 1996 Glenda and Steve started Friday late Night Ultimate at the Coliseum at Landsowne and continued to run the league until 2002. She and Steve also organized an outdoor winter league called “Snultimate” for two years in 1999 and 2000. Glenda has been a dedicated volunteer for Ottawa ultimate in other capacities as well: running women’s fall league, serving as TD for Layout for Life and filling in whenever she was needed and available. Glenda was also a most valued employee of the association, particularly in serving on temporary basis during a time of much organizational turnover and upheaval.
One of the most glowing observations about Glenda’s time as a volunteer is that her responsibilities have often been so well taken care of that they remain near invisible to those above.