The Damiani Medal is awarded to the Male player whose performance is superior to all others throughout each AUL Season and is named after after a stalwart in the Australian ultimate community.
John ‘JD’ Damiani
JD started playing ultimate in 1987 in Perth, and quickly established himself as one of the best players in the state. His playing career continues has seen him represent the Australian Mixed Team, the Barramundis (2004, 2008, and 2012), and open masters teams on the grass (2016) and the beach (2015).
JD was a co-founder of the Sublime Ultimate Club and has represented this team many times over his playing career.
He has coached WA clubs KAOS and Sublime at multiple Div 1 and 2 AUCs, coached UWA and Curtin university teams at multiple AUGs, coached Australian national teams at the U23 and Masters level, and has been invited to coach internationally in the S.E Asia region.
Outside of ultimate, JD is a loving partner, small business owner, and through his business has employed and supported many young ultimate players over the years.
His contribution to the sport in WA cannot be done justice in a short paragraph. An integral driver to ultimate in WA in both official and unofficial capacities, he has been a strong supporter of women’s and mixed ultimate in WA and the country for 30 years.
He was the recipient of the Rob Hancock Award (2002) when it was said the sport in WA would have died out if not for his contributions and dedication during this time.