2008 Hall of Fame Class

HOF inductees - Class of 2008

Players

Phil Rodger

Phil was a member and co-captain of the Ottawa team, Wax, who won the National Championships in 1993 and 1994. In fact, in 1994, he was named the tournament MVP. Phil set a huge example for the team with his intensity while at the same time acting as a calming influence when needed.

No one made better catches then Phil ‘Layout’ Rodger, and some say that at the time he was the best layout artist in Ottawa. Phil was one of the most creative players out of his day.

  • Member of waX 1988 -1996
  • Captain of waX 1993 and 1994
  • National Championship 1993 and 1994 (MVP)
  • Represented Canada at 1994 (Bronze) and 1996 World Ultimate & Guts Championships

Jamie Wildgen

Jamie Wildgen has played in the Ottawa summer league since it was formed in 1986. Jamie showed himself to be a player of exceptional ability soon garnering a reputation as the best defensive player in Ottawa Ultimate and was often assigned to the other team’s key offensive player.

Jamie was selected by to join the National open team at the 1990 World Championship's in Oslo, Norway, as the sole Ottawa representative. Again his role was to shut down the top offensive players on the other side. When Canada pulled, Jamie would sprint downfield faster than the disc and would be waiting to mark before the receiving had caught the pull.

A fair and spirited player, Jamie ‘The Crippler’ Wildgen is still playing in the OCUA summer league today, on the team Area 51, where he plays with his daughter Sara.

  • Member of waX 1988 – 1995
  • National Championship 1993 and 1994
  • Represented Canada at 1990 World Championships
  • Represented Canada at 1994 (Bronze) World Ultimate & Guts Championship

Steve Oldenburg

Steve, moving to Ottawa from Vancouver, helped revolutionize men's competitive Ultimate in the city. Steve instituted practices and a higher fitness level for competitive players, unheard of at the time. He was arguably the top player in Canada during his day and always played with the utmost Spirit of the Game.

Steve 'JetBoy' Oldenburg starred for waX at the 1993 and 1994 National Championships, taking home the Most Valuable Player award in 1993. He represented Ottawa and Canada on the world stage in 1990, 1992 and 1994.

  • Member of waX 1993-1995
  • National Championship 1992 (MVP), 1993 (MVP) and 1994
  • Represented Canada at 1990, 1992 and 1994 (Bronze) World Championships

Shawne Kokelj (nee Clarke)

Shawne was one of the first women's players in Ottawa a vital component of developing the sport in the city. She started playing in 1987 in Ottawa's city league and played for city champion teams for six straight years.

She played in Women's pickup games at the first two Canadian Nationals, before joining a Montreal team for the third in 1989. From 1990 to 1992. Shawne was a member and coach of the Ottawa Women's team, Spider Women from Mars that played at Nationals, finishing second in 1991. After that she was a coach and player with Horizont'elle and Stella, winning one National championship while playing in four finals. She was a member of Stella in 1997, the first Canadian team to qualify for UPA Nationals.

Shawne coached individuals, teams and co-organized the first Women's Ultimate clinic in the city. She was not only a great player, but a true force in developing women's Ultimate talent in Ottawa.

Shawne currently resides in Yellowknife, NWT.

  • Member of Northern Lights, Environmentally Sound, Spider Woman from Mars, Horizont'elle, Stella 1988-1990, 1991 (Silver) 1992, 1993 (Gold), 1994 (Silver), 1995 (Bronze), 1997 (Silver)
  • National Championship 1993
  • Represented Canada at 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994 (Bronze) World Championships

Joanna Quarry (nee McNutt)

Joanna started playing Ultimate in North Bay in 1989 and put together a team of young athletic women to play in their first tournament, Ottawa’s No Borders. Despite not knowing the rules of the games or how to throw, the team was welcomed and Joanna's love of ultimate was born. The following year Joanna started the first Canadian women's Ultimate league in North Bay with 4 teams.

Joanna migrated east to Ottawa in 1990 and after a few summers mostly lost to tree planting she started playing with Horizont'elle in 1993. She continued playing with Ottawa's top competitive team until 2000, then played with Meanads and then Dame.

Joanna brought an amazing level of athleticism to women's competitive Ultimate. She was not afraid to sacrifice her body for the disc, laying out for anything, and was a major defensive and offensive threat as a result. She was a great team player, an aggressive competitor and a true believer in the spirit of the game. Her enthusiasm had no limits and she was responsible for recruiting countless women to the sport.

Joanna's excellence was recognized early in her career with her selection to the Canadian National team for the World Championship's in 1990 and she remained a constant on the world stage for the next 10 years. Joanna was also a key member of the Gold medal winning Canadian National team at World's in Germany in 2000, a first for Canadian women. Joanna has moved across the country but maintains her love of the sport in her new home on Bowen Island, BC, where she currently helps coach a new crop of bourgeoning Ultimate superstars.

  • Member of Horizont'Elle, Stella, Meanads and Dame 1993-2000, 2002, 2003
  • National Championship 1993
  • Represented Canada at 1990, 1992, 1994 (Bronze), 1998 (Bronze) and 2000 (Gold) World Championships
  • CUPA Board Member
  • WFDF Board Member

 

Builders

Marcus Brady

Marcus was one of the original fathers, along with Brian Guthrie, of the first Ottawa summer league, Ottawa competitive ultimate and the No Borders tournament. After playing around with discs at Glebe Collegiate, he went on to start an intramural Ultimate program at McGill University. He returned to Ottawa and played pickup before starting the Ottawa Carleton Ultimate League Thing (OCULT) with Brian and members of five teams. Marcus was the tournament director for the first annual Canadian Ultimate Championships, held in Ottawa at St Paul's University in 1987.

In working to promote Ottawa Ultimate, Marcus was relentless and possibly the first true Ultimate fanatic in Ottawa. He helped start the first funded program with the City of Ottawa to teach Ultimate in schools, organized the first three March Meltdown events, and was active in the start up of DisCanada, the predecessor of the Canadian Ultimate Players Association (CUPA).

Marcus is married with two boys and resides in Ottawa. More recently he has spent time in 2005-2007 as a coach of youth Ultimate programs.

  • Co-Founder of the first Ottawa Ultimate Summer League
  • Member of Capital Punishment, Sergeant Renfrew and the Howling Pull Toys, and PP Wax
  • Represented Canada at the 1984 and 1986 World Championships

Brian Guthrie

Brian was one of the two original founders, along with Marcus Brady, of the first Ottawa summer league, Ottawa competitive ultimate and the No Borders tournament. He started playing the game in the mid to late 1970s in Kingston and Toronto. In 1984 he began to pay pickup in Riverside Park, befriending Marcus. The two went on to organize the first Ottawa summer league of five teams, with the first captain's meeting being held in Brian’s living room.

Brian was instrumental in the development of Ottawa Ultimate scene. He built the first Ottawa Summer league trophy (Godzilla), now awarded annually to the winner of the Wednesday Summer league. He helped teach Ultimate in Ottawa schools, and was active in the organization of the first Canadian Nationals, and the startup of DisCanada, the predecessor of the Canadian Ultimate Players Association (CUPA).

Brian was one of three Ottawa players who played on the team representing Canada at the 1986 World Championships. He was the captain of the men's competitive team "Sgt Renfrew and the Howling Pull Toys" which represented Ottawa in the first and second National Championships.

Brian is married with three boys and currently resides in Ottawa.

  • Co-Founder of the first Ottawa Ultimate Summer League
  • Member of Capital Punishment, Sergeant Renfrew and the Howling Pull Toys, and PP Wax
  • Represented Canada at the 1986 World Championships

Craig Fielding

Craig is one of the individuals responsible for moving Ottawa ultimate from a loosely organized outfit to the leading organization it is today. His passion for Ottawa Ultimate is rivaled by few, if any, and he has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to the game in this city.

Craig was President of the association from 1987 to 1998. During that time Ottawa Ultimate grew from six teams to over 200. Under his leadership OCUA began renting the Sod Farm, and later purchased a site for the development of UPI.

Craig was a lead author of the organizations by-laws, first leading to its incorporation as a not-for-profit in 1993 and then to hold formal elections in 1998. He has contributed a large amount of work, vision and tolerance and remains a trusted source and volunteer for the association.

  • President of OCUA 1987 - 1998
  • Captain of the Screaming Yellow Zonkers, OCUA’s longest running team

Jack Webb

Jack Webb is an individual who has contributed a huge amount to Ottawa Ultimate, be it by serving as a coordinator or as a tournament director. Jack founded and ran local Ottawa tournaments including Equinox and the Ottawa Turkey Bowl. He organized and ran the first successful fall league, succeeding where others had failed. Jack pioneered the use of indoor facilities for winter play of summer field sports, allowing players a chance to take part in the sport on year-round basis.

Jack led and won a bid for the 1998 Canadian Ultimate Championships where he served as the Tournament Director. He served on the OCUA executive committee and later on the OCUA Board of Directors. Jack also worked hard in helping to prepare ‘The Ottawa Ultimate Review’ ( T.O.U.R.), delivering tips and messages to the OCUA membership.

Jack also has devoted his time and resources to the Ottawa Juniors Ultimate program, helping send a Canadian Junior team to the 2000 World Championships where they went on to silver medal.

In 1995 Jack took an Ottawa team to the World Club's in Street, England where the team won the Spirit of the Game award for the tournament.

  • Founder of the Ottawa Ultimate Fall League
  • Founder of the Ottawa Ultimate Winter League
  • Founder/Leader of the Ottawa Juniors Program
  • President of OCUA 1992
  • Assistant Editor, Contributor for The Ottawa Ultimate Review (T.O.U.R.)

Keith Whyte

Keith Whyte learned about Ultimate working in a youth hostel in Namur, Belgium where the 1982 European Championships were held. He played with the UK team and then brought the game back to Ottawa. He taught the game to a few individuals who would later go on with him to form the Screaming Yellow Zonkers.

At the end of the 1986 season the summer league team captains appointed him to the post of No Borders tournament director where he remained until 2006. Keith, via No Borders, in many ways put Ottawa on the ‘Ultimate’ map. No Borders became known as one of the premiere, "must attend" tournaments in the North East region of North America consistently attracting the best teams and the best players from the region.

Keith was a prominent builder in competitive ultimate becoming Ottawa’s first non-playing coach in competitive ultimate. He served as co-tournament director for the 7th Canadian Championships help at the Twin Elm Rugby Park. Keith Whyte and Craig Fielding co-proposed the adoption of a formal set of CUPA by-laws at the 8th National Championships in Winnipeg and was the organizations first Executive Director.

Keith volunteered as coordinator in the OCUA summer league and served on the OCUA Executive Committee for the year it existed.

  • Captain/Member of waX
  • Tournament Director for No Borders 1987-2006

 

Special Merit

Special Merit The ‘Original Five’ teams are

  • Screaming Yellow Zonkers
  • Bruce & The Usuals
  • Revolution
  • Disc Drive
  • Disc Guys