North Shore ultimate players earn silver at U24 worlds

A group of North Shore ultimate players caught some major hardware at national and international championship tournaments this summer.

Three grads from Sutherland Secondary’s high-powered ultimate program – Cole Keffer, Ty Barbieri and Ryan Hoy – along with Bowen Island’s Devon Thomson helped Team Canada finish second at the World U24 Ultimate Championships held recently in Heidelberg, Germany. Canada topped Japan 15-10 in the semifinals before falling 15-12 against the United States in an extremely tight championship final.

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Keffer was third on the team in both goals with 12 and assists with 17 in the 11 games that Canada played at the world championships, while Thomson was second on the team with 15 goals.

Barbieri, Keffer and Thomson then took one more step up the podium at the Canadian Ultimate Championships held in August in Edmonton, helping Vancouver’s Furious George team claim gold in the open division. Barbieri picked up two assists and three goals and was named MVP of the final after Furious George topped Toronto’s GOAT Ultimate 15-14 to claim the title.

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