This week in our alumni profiles, we introduce 3 year captain, Kim Tooker . I very vividly remember my first Valkyries meeting, and that has a lot to do with Tooker. Tooker had an incredible balance of lovable goofiness and an intense desire to do well and win. She was the first to welcome a new member and worked on continuing to make them feel a part of the team. Tooker was a huge influence on me, and I'm really grateful we got to captain together for one season. I should also mention... some of the biggest layouts I've ever seen!
|#25 Kim Tooker '07|
Name: Kim Tooker
Graduation year: 2007
Major: Chemical Engineering
Occupation: Project Engineering IV
Club Team(s)?: My knees are too bad to play anything really competitive, or at all anymore.
Years with the Valks:Five
Favorite Valks moments: That is a really difficult choice. Probably the williams(?) tourney where there were five kim tookers at the party(burrows, bowman, kat, arker and myself). That was the time burrows and bowman competed for the name Chelsey. Burrows hated it, and will probably hate me bringing it up again, but it was by far one of the most entertaining competitions I have seen. That whole tourney was amazing.
Who taught you frisbee/got you hooked?: Suzie and Colleen taught me how to play and I was hooked after my first layout. It was freaking amazing to go flying through the air and come up with the disc. I knew I wanted to do that over and over again, despite the occasional whip lash.
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This week, meet our second founding member, Suzie Allen !
|Suzie Allen '03|
Name: Suzie Allen
Nickname(s): DeFaLa or F***A**
Graduation year: 2003
Major: Human Services
Occupation: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Club Team(s)?: Still rocking Hucky McThrownCatch, the original NU BUDA summer league team
Position: when we started we barely had 7 on the line so everyone played everything. now usually cutter/deep
Years with the Valks: inception to 2003
Favorite Valks moments: winning our first tourney (a B tourney but still, it was awesome), forcing "Pru"(dential), hump hallway, recruiting guys to be strippers at one of our parties, Savannah underwear parties...
Who taught you frisbee/got you hooked?: At first, it was learning everything we could from the guys until we could split off to the Valks... then Gillie definitely taught me so much about ultimate, training and life in general
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We are rolling out a new alumni feature... Alumni Profiles!! Each week, we'll post about an alumni so you can learn about the Valks through the years and see who helped make the Valks who they are today. First up is one of our two founding members, Colleen Duffy!
|Colleen Duffy '04|
Nickname(s): Seabass, Bass, CDuff
Graduation year: 2004 (yikes!)
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer at GE Aviation
Club Team(s): Rogue (2006-2007), Hatch (2007-2008)
Summer BUDA Club Team(s): Hucky McThrowandCatch, Double Run
Position: handler in college, cutter in Club and everything after college
Years with the Valks: 3 years, but 5 years with NU Ultimate (played 2 years coed before Valks was founded)
Favorite Valks moments: wow so many to choose from! The first year we had a beach house on Tybee Island for spring break we took over a karaoke bar full of old people singing country. By the end of the night, the old people were grinding and dancing with everyone on both mens and womens teams! We also had a Valks sleepover once where 2 random english (or were they australian?) crashed the party and then wanted to strip for some random painting on Suzie's wall...good old sketchy mission hill :-)
Who taught you frisbee/got you hooked? The professor :-P (aka Bryan May). I went to a club sports meeting my freshman year looking for lacrosse and got talked into frisbee by Bryan who had long luxurious hair down to his waist. I then broke my collar bone my first week of frisbee (hadn't even started classes yet!) but stuck with it ever since.
Next week, you'll meet Suzie Allen , another founding member of the Valkyries! Stay tuned, and feel free to reach out with any suggestions!