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West End resident Alexa Kovacs never imagined she’d be named a top athlete in Ultimate when she began playing in high school.
The 29-year-old athlete said being named female athlete of the year by Ultimate Canada came as a complete surprise, and a humbling experience. Kovacs has always played sports, but she fell in love with Ultimate for its versatility and challenge.
"I was always on the lookout for sports," Kovacs said. "I felt like (Ultimate) was the most challenging sport that I had played and it kind of required you to be an all-around athlete. It also went with the skills I already had."
Kovacs said her training in softball, basketball, volleyball and dance all helped contribute to her skills as an Ultimate player.
"You have to throw, to catch the Frisbee, to run, change directions, jump, have that explosive speed," Kovacs said. "It’s actually one of the only sports I’ve played that I felt had all of those things. In volleyball, maybe you’re good at jumping and you have good reflexes, so you need a lot of those skills for Ultimate, but (in volleyball) you don’t necessarily have to be a very fast runner or long distance runner."
Kovacs said she also enjoys the opportunity to play both offence and defence every game, whereas most other sports have you in one position for an entire season or career. She said she was introduced to the sport by friends and knew almost right away that she’d be playing competitively.
She currently plays on Winnipeg’s only female club team, Fusion. Last summer, Kovacs toured with Team Canada’s co-ed team. This year, she will technically be eligible for the women’s masters, which has a starting age of 30, and at 33, she will be able to play for the co-ed masters. For now, she feels at home with Fusion, where she is one of four captains.
It’s been a good year for Fusion, Kovacs said.
"Fusion also won the spirit award for the same kind of list of awards they have every year, so I was pretty proud of that accomplishment, that my team won this great award," Kovacs said.
Likewise, Kovacs’ teammates are proud of her — so much so that they were the ones to nominate her for female athlete of the year.
"I was pretty surprised, and very appreciative," she said. "I found out through some of my teammates that they had nominated me and that was what was special about it, hearing that that’s how my teammates think of me."
Community journalist — The Metro
Alana Trachenko was the community journalist for The Metro