Duiella bids for Canada
Ultimate star joins fellow Barrie native Connor Armstrong on national team
Jason Duiella had a dream of wearing the red and white.
The talented athlete from Barrie grew up wanting to represent Canada on the international stage, and now he’s got his chance.
Duiella was selected to the Canadian national team for next January’s World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) World U24 Ultimate Championships in Perth, Australia.
“The tryout went great in Montreal,” said Duiella, who participated in the selection camp last month. “There was a lot of great talent there, so it was interesting to see how my skill matched up compared to the whole east end here.
“There’s a ton of good athletes out there, so I’m just super thankful that I stood out enough to be able to crack the roster.”
Duiella picked up ultimate on a late spring day in Grade 8 while attending Algonquin Ridge Elementary.
Since then, there’s been no stopping him.
“I started playing just at the end of elementary school, when one of my teachers showed me the game,” Duiella said. “I was fortunate to be able to play it all the way through high school at Innisdale, and then was able to keep it going in university, where I had some good exposure to the game and was really able to improve over the years.”
But his desire to participate on an international stage came about seven years ago.
“When I was watching the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, just seeing the magnitude of competing on the world stage for the Canadian athletes, I really wanted to be in their role,” Duiella said. “I said to my dad, ‘I need a gold medal’.
“Unfortunately, ultimate hasn’t made it to the Olympics yet, but I’ve always been fascinated with the world stage and magnitude of sports,” he added.
Duiella tried out for the national open (under-24) team previously, but didn’t make the squad.
Entering his final year at Queen’s University in Kingston, Duiella knew this was his last chance.
“I had to make it or my dream would slip,” Duiella said. “This was my last shot, so I was training extra hard and pumped that I could make it.”
Duiella will get to join a handful of his teammates from Queen’s on the squad, as well as a familiar face. See | B2
Barrie native Jason Duiella makes a leaping grab during ultimate competition. He was recently named to Canada’s national team.
Barrie native Jason Duiella, recently named to Canada’s national team, will travel to Australia in January for the World Flying Disc Federation’s world under-24 championship.