Sydney Suns’ Holly Reeve may be young, but she is already cementing herself as the Ms Fix It of Ultimate Frisbee in Australia.
The 19-year-old GWS cutter has already put together an impressive resume, with selection in both the Australian under-20 and under-24 women’s teams as well as the under-24 Australian mixed team.
Reeve also cracked the women’s under-20 side when she was just 16 years old and was part of the 2018 Asian Oceanic All-Star tour.
It all began in high school when Reeve, an avid touch football and netball player, was sounded out by an Ultimate legend.
“My school happens to be fortunate enough to have the incredible Kath Adlard as a teacher/ultimate advocate, who invited me along to a learn-to-play day,” Reeve said.
“From there, Simon Wood, followed by many other influential individuals, offered me pathways to keep playing, from school tournaments to AYUC (Australian Youth Ultimate Championships), Trans Tasman, all the way to where I am today.”
Versatility the key to success
Reeve doesn’t have a single strength or role in Ultimate.
Her greatest strength is her ability to adapt, which has made her the perfect team player.
“I earned myself a bit of a reputation as someone you could rely on to be keen to fill spaces on available teams, programs, or workshops,” she said.
“Ultimate promotes and rewards athleticism, sportsmanship, grit, respect, finesse and control, integrity, and passion.
“I genuinely believe I continue to improve as a person from my time with ultimate, and all that in one sport is just not something I can pass up.”
AUL smashes the gender barrier
Reeve admits she doesn’t notice gender equity in the AUL.
Because at her young age, she has known nothing but equity in the sport of Ultimate.
“I don’t notice conscious gender equity amongst my teammates, because their gender is unimportant within the team,” she said.
“You recognise your teammates by their strengths (and weaknesses). You walk onto the field knowing who is best for which role, and that you can trust them to do their part.
“I think that’s the greatest outcome from having a consciously equitable process for making a team.”
Riding the highs of the rise of Ultimate
Ultimate has had a meteoric rise in recent years culminating in the establishment of the AUL.
Reeve, at her young age, has been at the centre of all of these developments and is loving every minute of it.
“I joined the ultimate community in a time of major growth,” she said.
“In my short years playing, we’ve seen the introduction of the AUL, women’s leagues, new clubs, AYUC mixed, Asia Oceanic All-Stars, U22s, junior leagues and 20-plus teams just in Men’s AUC div 2 – and this is just in my immediate experience.”
Now, she is urging all of those that are new to the sport to get around the AUL and join the Ultimate experience.
“The 2019 AUL season will come with new challenges and new faces, giving it all the suspense a good game needs,” she said.
“Whether you come from a background of froth-fuelled frisbee fanatics, or this is a first time thing, the AUL presents top quality athletes putting all their expertise out on show for their state, a recipe for excellent entertainment.”