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World Champion, UPA Champion and Vancouver Ultimate star Oscar Pottinger has joined the Nighthawks.
Pottinger’s been playing Ultimate in and around Vancouver for over a decade. After learning the game in high school, he joined the team at University of British Columbia, and then flourished with Furious George. He captained the legendary Vancouver club team to three UPA titles in 2002, 2003 and 2005.
Like many of his Nighthawks teammates, Pottinger has proven that Team Canada is one of the top teams in the world. He helped bring home two gold medals in the WFDF Ultimate Championships in 2004 and 2008.
He’s ready to start another era in the history of Vancouver Ultimate. “I fully expect the Nighthawks to compete for a title and gain some relevance in the Vancouver sporting community. It’s an extremely exciting step for Vancouver Ultimate.”
A handler with a powerful flick and quick first step, Pottinger will most likely assume a leadership role on the Nighthawks O-line, but don’t be surprised by some explosive moves on D as well. Watch him and the rest of the Nighthawks swoop in to battle the Rainmakers on April 20 in Seattle.
Head Coach Andrew Lugsdin is excited to be coaching Pottinger, a player he’s accompanied every step of the way. “I’ve played with Oscar literally since he was a teenager on Furious and he’s always, even from a young age, stepped up to the occasion,” says Lugsdin. “He can get the team a huge layout block on D or he can throw a big flick for a score. He helps the team win on both sides of the disc and is an exciting player to watch. We’re very happy that he’s committed to the Nighthawks.”