SINGAPORE - Fresh off their impressive performance at the World Ultimate Club Championship 2014, local Ultimate Frisbee team, Shiok! Singapore, continued their excellent form earning the championship title at the Under Armour Singapore Ultimate Open 2014 (UASUO 2014) Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 evening.
Over Sep 6 and 7, leading US high-performance sports brand, Under Armour, partnered with the Ultimate Players Association (Singapore) (UPA(S)), to launch UASUO 2014 - its first title-sponsored event in Southeast Asia.
The Open saw a turnout of approximately 500 people, which included 17 competing teams from six countries faceoff in enthralling, two-day back-to-back matches at Farrer Park Fields.
The finals saw a close game between Shiok! Singapore and the Philippines' Mixed Nuts, with Shiok! prevailing with a score of 16-15. The Under Armour-sponsored team also recently emerged 10th overall in the World Ultimate Club Championship earlier this year.
"We are really proud of ourselves and our fellow teammates to have clinched the Under Armour Singapore Ultimate Open 2014 championship title. This is definitely not sheer luck. The caliber of the participating teams keeps rising each year and we really had to train hard to keep ourselves on a level playing field with the rest. It feels good to finally be acknowledged and rewarded after all that dedication and hard work. We are completely ecstatic right now!" said Demetrius Tan, captain of the Shiok! Singapore team.
"The results for UASUO 2014 have been truly satisfying. We have seen such an exemplary showcase of true athleticism, good sportsmanship and fantastic spectatorship. The success of the event really sets the tone and direction for Under Armour's commitment and dedication to support and empower both the local and regional sporting community. UASUO 2014 was a great stepping-stone for us and we will continue our support of Ultimate in the with the Ultimate Players Association (Singapore) and sponsorships of local Ultimate athletes such as the Shiok! Singapore team," said Michael Binger, Chief Executive Office of Triple Private Limited, the exclusive distributor of Under Armour in Southeast Asia.
The Open also saw a celebrity match between champions, Shiok! Singapore and a team made out of Under Armour Athletes such as Allan Wu, True Fitness ambassadors Paul Foster, Jaymee Ong and UPA(S) members.
"We are grateful to Under Armour for their involvement in the Open; beyond, the set-up and organising of the event, we are thankful for all the exposure they have given us and we hope that that will help give us the recognition and support that we have been fighting for from the National Sports Association," said Enrique Lee, President of the Ultimate Players Association (Singapore).