Remember these names and faces because there is a 100 percent chance you’ll see them on the highlight reels (like I see them in my dreams). Starting off in WA, Reyer Carpenter is a driving handler with a powerful backhand huck and huge layouts. Nicole Seyer is a big presence, not just because she’s the tallest Stingray, but for that beautiful height-speed-read of the play combo that makes her a huge receiving threat. And last but certainly not least, Sabrina Tiong from Brisbane. If you hear the Stingrays chanting "Sab" over and over and over again it’s probably because she’s just done a layout block and followed that by getting every second pass on offence to score. We are all her number one fans. If these athletes are on the field, you are guaranteed to see highlights.
Why are you good at ultimate?
Reyer: I’m patient with the disc and happy to swing and wait for the right option, but I am also passionate and love putting my body on the line.
Nicole: I'd say I am relatively tall and thrive in the deep space.
Sab: I'm smart and always work my hardest on the field. Sometimes I even have good throws.
Why do you play ultimate? What does it give you that other sports don't?
Sab: It's fun and the people are great! I've never really played other sports but I feel very welcome in this community.
What has been the hardest thing about becoming/being a Stingray? What sacrifices have you made?
Reyer: The hardest part was fitting everything into my schedule. We were training three times a week plus gym and throwing sessions and combine that with working to pay for it all, it was a lot of time. But it was all worth it when you saw your teammates sweaty gym snaps or pod selfies or when we had a camp and you could see how much everyone has improved.
Nicole: It's definitely been hectic trying to balance my priorities. Injuries are also something that I've had to actively deal with throughout this campaign. I've definitely sacrificed lots of sleep and turned down a number of social events.
Sab: It's been a bit tricky to feel connected to a team not knowing anyone beforehand and being the only one in Brisbane, but every training camp I feel a little closer to everyone. Also P's get degrees.
What has surprised you about the experience of being a Stingray so far? Have you surprised yourself?
Reyer: I was surprised by the impact of having so many teammates and staff in Perth #westcoastbestcoast. It made me more motivated for training knowing that the other Perthrays were going to be there as well and we would support and push each other to do our best, even during gruelling fitness sessions from Sarah B!
Nicole: I'm definitely surprised with how much we've gelled together since we started out, as well as the amount of love, positivity and support the team has for one another.
Sab: I was really surprised I made the team in the first place, but now I'm even more surprised that I feel like I absolutely deserve to be here! I have a far better understanding of myself as a player now.
What's something you wish the general public understood more about ultimate?
Nicole: It actually can be really physically demanding and there can be some pretty sick things that players can do!
What would you be doing with your time and money if you didn't give it all to ultimate?
Reyer: I would definitely still be travelling as much as I could but I would most likely be studying at university already instead of putting it off to chase a piece of plastic around the world.
Shout- out someone you look up to in ultimate, then tell us why:
Reyer: Definitely Anna Haynes! My first coach and the person who made me fall in love with the sport and spend all my time and money on ultimate.
Nicole: Daniel Chang! He's just such a passionate and hardworking player and is always up for a throwing session during his free time.
Sab: Dom Simpson! She was amazing when I started, but somehow she just keeps getting better and continues to expand her game. She is suuuuuper smart and has crazy control of her throws. I'm always surprised watching her play.