This is a guest article by Sirens player Sky Xue. The inaugural China Women’s Open will be held on August 20-21, 2016 at Dishui Lake (Line 16).
Now that the fields of China Women’s Open are finally arranged, I’ve been made aware of some remarks from some of our ultimate friends, including the guys, who commented on the location of these fields and the inconvenience it would cost them. Discussions are welcome, but the dramatic ones are not. I for one have never been a fan of open letters, since writing is such a personal matter. However, with so much remarks surfacing around, I think it’s necessary to disclose my take on this.
So what about this first ever Women’s tournament? With only a two-day span, what impact will this tournament have on our younger players, especially younger female players? Where is Chinese Women Ultimate going from this point on? I think this tournament is a turning point for Chinese Women Ultimate. It’s not about winning or losing the Championship title; the grand picture of Women’s Ultimate is much more bigger than these. August is THE time for female ultimate players, and also a stepping stone for China Women Ultimate to enter the scene of International ultimate. Frisbee is not a one-man show or a one-team show. The spirit of sports has always been larger than one entity.
I started my athletic journey at 11, trying all types of sports but often forced to switch due to injuries. It hasn’t been easy, to say the least, and the pain and sacrifice will only stay with me for the rest of my life. Regressing was never an option, and running my heart out is all I have been doing to stay ahead. What I mean to say is, we have to be grateful that Liu Wei has made this Women’s Open possible in the first place. From a concept to execution, location selection, hotel reservation, bus coordination, each step has been strenuous and tiring. No one will truly understand the painstaking, year-long process. Now everything is ready and in place, waiting for us women players to gather along and have some fun.
Every sport has to go through its ups and downs before maturation. It’s inevitable that some people, some groups will feel left out and unsatisfied. However, it’s upsetting and frankly disappointing to see people putting themselves in a place higher than the sport itself. This is our first Women’s tournament, and understandably it won’t be the best ever in the history book. But we have time: we have the next year, the next three years and five years. China Women’s Open will only get better, even to the point of becoming the best in Asia. Back when I was a Taekwondo athlete, my coach used to say that, “You don’t have to be the best right now, but you should always try to be the best.” That has stuck with me ever since.
今年的WUGC，印度女子队感动了很多人。队里一个女孩Nima，为了随队参赛，把自己结婚的钱拿出来。我忘了是谁说过这句话，“Sometimes, life is about risking everything for a dream no one can see but You”。2012年我因跆拳道脚踝受伤，休息了一年半，也就此止步。2014年6月我知道什么是飞盘，然后去YouTube上看各种比赛视频。2015年跟着大学的队训练3个月参加了上海Open。之后因为工作，没有机会也没有人一起练盘，最开心的时间就是下班后可以看视频，自己训练自己，直到今年2月搬到上海。所以我感激Huwa和Sirens的每一个队员，珍惜每一次上场的时间。我有一个梦想，就是希望在世界飞盘的舞台上，中国女子队的位置不再是空的。为了这个梦想，我一直在鼓动上海女子队去2018年荷兰的WUCC，因为我希望大家可以出去看看，可以跟国外队伍交流学习，可以看到中国的国旗在赛场飘扬，可以见证不分国籍，没有距离的世界飞盘精神。
At this year’s WUGC, the India Women’s team has touched many souls with the story ofÂ one of their players, Nima cashing in her dowry to cover her travel expenses. I remember something I read that goes like this: sometimes, life is about risking everything for a dream no one can see but you. In 2012, I suffered a gruesome injury that eventually ended my Taekwondo career. Then in June 2014, I came to know the game of Ultimate Frisbee. Only a few Youtube videos and 3 months of training with a college team, I found myself on the fields of Shanghai Open in 2015. Since then, different jobs came and the best routine of my daily life is watching videos and practicing by myself. In February 2016, I moved to Shanghai and started training with Huwa and Sirens. I am grateful for each one of them and cherish being on the fields. Looking ahead, I hope that Chinese Women’s Ultimate will appear on the stage of World Ultimate, holding our national flag along with others at WUCC 2018 and actualizing the true Ultimate Spirit.
Some people complain about the remoteness of the location, while from my perspective, I can’t wait to run away from the lousy urban commute, the stifling subway and muddy bike rides. The location of the fields looks ideal for such inclinations. Then I heard people worrying about the weather, but how can someone become a supreme ultimate player if she/he confines herself/himself to indoor plays? I’m certain that many of us still laugh about and cherish the time we spent in Nanjing, when for two days straight all we had was gales and rainstorms. But what I saw and remember is everyone running in and through them, the refreshing mountains and stunning clouds at the top, the air I had never tasted in Shanghai, so if that didn’t scare you away, come to Shanghai and join the party. If wind comes, then please follow it to Dishui Lake.
It’s August, it’s summer, let’s stop all the whining and just run till we’re out of breath.