Skyd 5 Interview: Catherine Hui, British Columbia

by | May 7, 2013, 11:37am 0

Name: Catherine Hui
School: British Columbia
Years on A-team: 5
Height: 5’5″
Hometown: Richmond, British Columbia
Major: Marketing
Graduating: Class of 2013
Position: Initiating cutter and striker

When and where did you start playing ultimate? Who recruited you?

I was introduced to the sport in the 7th grade; my teacher played in the local league and taught our class. Every lunch hour, my friends and I would organize makeshift scrims and we tossed every recess. Joining the high school team was the natural course. Unfortunately I was the only one out of my friends who really stuck with it. My first taste of national or international ultimate was in 2008 when I tried out for the Canada’s Junior Women’s Team that would compete in Worlds (Vancouver). I got hooked and continued playing once I entered university.

What does the Callahan award mean to you?

It means that I’ve been playing the way I’ve hoped to be playing – with dedication and leadership, and improving my skills both on offense and defense.

What does it mean to you to be nominated by your teammates?

My team is the best. I’m really lucky to have such a great support network. It’s a real honor to be recognized by my team mates as Callahan material!

Hui scores deep against Stanford at the 2012 Championships (Photo by Kevin Leclaire - Ultiphotos)

How would you describe yourself as a player? What are your favorite plays to make?

Loud, gangly, fast, and at times, sneaky. My favorite plays involve striking for the score.

What was your favorite moment of this season?

Thus far, my favorite moment this season would be witnessing one of my teammates, Amy Luo (a.k.a. Amcicles), running down a zipper of a throw and laying out for the score in the finals at Conferences. After she proceeds to catch it, she walks off the field so jacked and with so much swag it made me smile and laugh. I love seeing my teammates put it all on the line for every point. It makes playing ultimate with these girls so rewarding!

What is your favorite part of being on your college team?

The friendships and laughs I’ve gained from being a part of the T-birds is something I would not trade for the world.

What’s your favorite in-season workout?


How has your college career been impacted by injury?

I’ve been recovering from a variety of injuries this season. It’s put me in an interesting place because I’m forced to be more flexible with my role on the field. But I feel like this has really allowed me to develop and hone in on other skills.

Hui grab in traffic

Hui makes a tough catch in traffic vs Michigan (Photo by Jeff Albenberg - Ultiphotos)

What’s your club experience? How is playing club different than college?

Club is fantastic. I love playing with Traffic (Vancouver’s Women’s team). It has really helped me grow as a player and a teammate. I’ve been able to apply these hard and soft skills with the T-birds and it’s been extremely beneficial.

Are you graduating after this season? What are your summer/career plans?

I am graduating this year and am walking across the stage at the very end of May. My summer plans include an internship and a lot of Ultimate!!!

If Hui wins the Callahan award, she will be the second Canadian (after Alex Snyder) to lift the award and the first from a Canadian university – her Traffic teammate Kira Frew was second in 2008, as was Ottawa’s Anne Mercier in 2009.

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