It came down to a baby wearing a Rainmakers hat, the most literal interpretation of the rules, and a diehard Nighthawks fan performing a feat of Ultimate skill.

After many votes, the winner of the #MLUFan Ultimate Photo Challenge is Sherri Rose, a native of Alberta. If you’re wondering why she won, take one look at the photo — Sherri was standing on one foot atop a Paint mare in the middle of the Pembina River, just outside her hometown of Barrhead.

“I love trying trick riding with my own horse, and have put myself in many a precarious situation involving her, a disc, and me,” says Sherri. “So this was a natural idea that came quite easily. Although, I had never tried actually catching a disc from atop her, but when you’ve got a World Champion disc thrower, it probably makes it a whole lot easier.”

Sherri’s referring to her friend, Canadian Distance and Guinness World Record holder Rob McLeod, also known as Ultimate Rob. Along with his dog Davy Whippet, Rob’s achieved the Guinness World Record for the longest throw to a dog. “Davy, all the while, of course, was jealous as ever that he was not the one being thrown to, as he is always the one making epic catches for Rob,” says Sherri.

Sherri started playing Ultimate only three years ago, and ever since, it’s become one of the main events in her busy, sports-filled lifestyle. And this wasn’t the first time Sherri worked with Ultimate Rob and Davy. Just last week, the trio taught an Ultimate clinic to over 600 elementary school kids.

“I just bought a car (dubbed, ‘The Ultimate Car’) especially for commuting back and forth to the city (1.5 hours away) every week to play League,” says Sherri. “Our SUV was not great on gas, so this little car will allow us to keep playing league (EUPA, Edmonton) every week — summer, fall, and winter for years to come.”

After only a few attempts, and a few plunges into the water, Sherri caught the disc while her husband, Rod Ratledge, snapped the photo. For their efforts, Sherri and Rod have won season tickets as well as a prize package full of MLU gear.

The runner-ups, Dan Vogel from Seattle and Sludge Brown from Washington, D.C. will also receive MLU prize packages, which include two tickets to a regular season game and a $25 gift certificate to the MLU Shop.

Sludge Brown, who covers professional Ultimate @sludgebrown, has chosen to donate their prize package to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Barons Ultimate team.

Sherri is a diehard Nighthawks fan, but she lives so far from Vancouver that she has decided to donate her season tickets to another MLU fan.

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all of you for participating in the Ultimate Photo Challenge. Stay posted to the Nighthawks site, Facebook, and Twitter to be the first to hear about future contests.

About The Author

Paul has worked in online content, freelance writing and education for the past ten years. A native of Baltimore with roots in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, Paul grew up in a family of Ultimate enthusiasts. He graduated with his undergraduate degree in English from Goucher College in Baltimore and his Masters in Education also from Goucher. Paul was the captain of Goucher College Ultimate and then played with the Philadelphia Area Disc Alliance, Central Maryland Ultimate Association and the Los Angeles Organization of Ultimate Teams. As the Director of Content, Paul handles the online content for the MLU site and eight team sites.

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