Last year, the international ultimate community lost one of their own. Phillip ‘Phillis’ Timmermann was a well known member of Team Germany, representing his country at Worlds in 2008. Timmermann was known throughout the German ultimate community for his defensive intensity and skill for German club team Hardfisch, Swiss club team FAB and, Inside Rakete (Team Germany).
Two years ago, Timmermann’s life unexpectedly and tragically changed forever when he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. The fight would be a long and intense one for Timmermann, but that was alright, intensity was one area in which Timmermann excelled. Unfortunately, even with many operations and multiple bouts of chemotherapy, Phillis’ battle came to an end. As was true to his nature, Timmermann came to be at peace with his defeat, wishing not to have it any other way, even if given the chance.
Philip Timmermann passed away last year. He was 33 years old.
He also, like most if not all of you, was part of a ultimate community. A community unlike any other tight-knit ultimate group, giving cheers and encouragement during success while also providing support and solace during defeat. Friends and family members that experience the ups and downs of competition right with you. It is this group of those nearest and dearest to Phillip ‘Phillis’ Timmermann that proudly present the first annual Phillis Award.
Supported by Tiina Booth, National Ultimate Training Camps (NUTC), and others, the Phillis Award gives young ultimate players aged 14-18 from Germany the financial support to come to the U.S. to participate in one of the NUTC events. Camps this year are scheduled for July 6th-11th, 13th-18th, and 20th-25th. The deadline to apply for the award is March 31st.
Watch Phillis get HUGE on a deep D in this video from EUCF 2010. He’s highlighted at 3:46.