2015 is going to be a very busy year for Jeremy Hill. The second-year Sport Management student, Playmakers team member and co-captain of the Brock men’s ultimate team, was recently named to the roster of the Under23 Team Canada Ultimate Frisbee team. Hill also made it through the first round of tryouts for the Ottawa Outlaws in their freshman season in AUDL. What makes this achievement all the more impressive is that Hill has only been playing competitive ultimate for a little over a year and a half.
Upon coming to Brock, Hill had his sights set on the men’s varsity soccer team after years of playing at high levels in his hometown of Ottawa. However, a partial hamstring tear in the weeks prior to the team’s first tryouts forced Hill to forgo pursuing soccer that season. Figuring he needed to stay in shape to try out again next season, Hill decided to play for the Brock Frisbee team and the rest is history.
“I fell in love with the game the first time someone threw me a long bomb into the end zone,” said Hill, laughing. “After that, I was hooked.”
Hill quickly became one of the go-to players on the Brock team, showing off his impressive game-sense and technical ability after only a few outings on the field. Game after game, Hill progressed his ability with such leaps and bounds that when the opportunity to participate in the open tryout for U23 Team Canada came, he took a leap of faith.
“Trying out for team Canada was just a chance for me to see how I stacked up against some of the country’s best players. I mean, every kid dreams of representing their country, I just never seriously thought that it would be me.”
Approximately 160 of Canada’s finest ultimate players tried out for the U23 Team Canada, a team that has place second and first in their last two appearances on the world stage. In the next eight months, the 19-year-old Hill will participate in three further tryouts for the Ottawa Outlaws American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) team as well as Team Canada tournaments in Las Vegas, Toronto, Boston/Vancouver (pending standings) and culminating with the World Tournament in London, England on July 12-18, 2015. With such a hectic schedule ahead, Hill cites his family and specifically his younger sister Sydney, a promising soccer player in her own right, as the major influences that keep him grounded and focused on the future.
“I feel like this is a new chapter in my life; the door with soccer ended and one with ultimate opened. I was talking with my dad the other day and he said that maybe my injury was the best thing that ever happened to me, it gave me the chance to find something that I truly love.”
Brock has become a hub for Ultimate Frisbee in the last few years, with Hill being the fourth player from the school to reach the national stage. Alumni, Daniel Dantzig and Andrew Watts who were both members of the Toronto Rush (AUDL), won gold with Team Canada in Florence, Italy in 2010 and former student Jordan Ing-Chen will join Hill on the team roster for 2014-2015.