Hugo Pare excels at ultimate challenge
Published Wednesday, September 12, 2012 4:52PM EDT
MONTREAL - Hugo Pare has seen his fledgling sports career take flight since becoming a competitive ultimate player.
The sport, which sees teams try to advance up field by completing Frisbee passes, has been soaring in popularity and is starting to attract talented young athletes such as Pare.
Hugo Pare had never heard of the sport before a substitute gym teacher got the kids playing in gym class.
“My teacher was an ultimate player and she just asked us if we wanted to play and we said, 'yes, of course.' We got into a tournament two years ago,” he said.
Pare started playing outside of class with his good friend Mathieu Gilles and not long after, Pare was captaining a solid team.
“He’s a great captain,” said Gilles. “He was captain last year and now he’s on the Quebec team, so he’s not here much but he’s a great captain, he’s funny, brings happiness everywhere and he’s a cool guy.”
His coach notes that Pare’s cat-like quickness and quick tosses has pushed him to the top.
“You need to be very explosive, have good impulsion, be very quick in your moves but the throws are what makes you a very good ultimate player,” said Louis-Pierre Lauzon.
Pare is looking forward to graduating from the junior ranks and moving and his teammates believe he’ll continue to excel at higher levels, mainly because he brings his joy to the game.
“He's always having fun and smiling and he's encouraging all the other players and he's really great,” said teammate Camille Barnes.
If you know a great amateur athlete in your community, email Randy today and they may end up being profiled as one of Randy's Rookies.