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Abe Chiswick

Abe Chiswick

Abe began playing ultimate, as many people did, at summer camp.  His first organized competitive ultimate was for NYU’s Purple Haze in their inaugural seasons.  After moving to Israel, Abe searched out the local ultimate scene and has been deeply involved ever since.  He helped found Haifa’s Hucking Crazy club team, which ten years later is one of the most stable and long lasting teams in the country.  He has worked and volunteered with the Israeli Flying Disc Association running...

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Alex Kinsey

Alex Kinsey

Originally hailing from Princeton, New Jersey, Alex learned how to play ultimate at summer camp in summer of 2003 and has been in love with the sport ever since. He captained his high school team P-HUC and then went onto play at Carleton for CUT for four years, winning two National championships (2009, 2011). He has also played competitive club ultimate with Pike (club nationals 2009) and Medicine Men (2011). Now a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University he is playing and coaching JHU Dangerzone....

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Aly Madan

Aly Madan

Aly has been playing Ultimate for five years, starting off with her high school team, The Horde. She then played with the Johns Hopkins Blue-Footed Boobies, where she captained her senior year. She took her love of the sport home with her for summer leagues, and with her to Spain, where she played with the local university team while studying abroad. She is really excited to be a part of Ultimate Peace and contribute to the spread of the sport and its values!

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Anna Iglitzin

Anna Iglitzin

Anna has been playing ultimate since she was a freshman in high school and loves how many people she has been able to meet through the sport, and especially through Ultimate Peace. Growing up in Seattle, she was fortunate enough to have many opportunities to play ultimate and meet inspiring coaches and mentors who introduced her to the program that could take her to Israel to coach through the spirit of the game. Currently studying at Middlebury College in Vermont and interested in starting to...

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Ava Schein

Ava Schein

Hometown: Peacham, Vermont.
Ava started playing Ultimate her Freshman year of high school at St. Johnsbury Academy, and has been hooked ever since. Continuing to play all four years, Ava became captain and helped her team achieve the Vermont State championship title in 2012. Currently, she plays for Columbia University’s women’s team, NYPD. This is her third year at UP, and she can’t wait to once again be a part of the amazing UP team and family.

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Ben Spears

Ben Spears

Ben is from Atlanta, Georgia, and started learning about the Middle East in high school. He joined the ultimate team at George Washington University – the Hippos. Ben then began playing club ultimate for Chain Lightning in 2005 – won a national championship in 2009. He has coached youth, juniors, and college ultimate… meanwhile getting USAU certification in coaching and observing....

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Ben Swerdlow

Ultimate has been a really special part of my life. I loved playing ultimate for 4 years at Columbia High School where the sport was invented. The Spirit of the game values I learned and shared coaching HS ultimate in upstate NY led me to pursue a career in social work ( which also tremendously values respect).  Thank you guys for letting me be a part of this with you! We are going to have a great time!

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Charles Tetelman

Charles Tetelman

Charles Tetelman began to play Ultimate with his High School team John Jay Air Raid where he won the USA Ultimate New York State High School Championship in 2011 and 2012. He is a freshman at Skidmore College majoring in Government and International Affairs with a minor in Arabic. Charles currently plays Ultimate with the Skidmore Ultimate Club.

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Chelsea Lund

Chelsea Lund

I was born in Orange County, California and I started playing Ultimate in High School, in 2004. At American University in DC, I played on the women’s club team, the Dirty Ladies, as well as two other club and rec teams, because who can really get enough Ultimate?! I organized DC’s first Ultimate Peace tournament in 2009, and am glad to say, UP has stayed a part of the DC Ultimate community even after I left! I moved to Israel after I finished my first degree. This year with Ultimate...

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Dan Curme

Dan Curme

Dan started playing ultimate at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, MN in 2004.  He promptly quit all other sports and focused solely on ultimate.  He went to play for Carleton College – CUT and co-captained his team to a DI national championship in 2009.  Due to 4 ultimate-related surgeries, Dan has stopped playing competitively.  From July 2014 to May 2015, he bicycled from Seattle WA to the coast of Maine and then from Charleston, SC to San Francisco, CA.  Now, he is finishing up his...

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Dani Glass

Dani Glass

Dani has been a part of Ultimate Peace since camp of 2010 and has loved watching the organization, campers, and CITs grow into the amazing operation we have today. She recently graduated from Lawrence University, where she played varsity soccer for four years as a goalkeeper as well as club Ultimate for four years. Dani is looking forward to becoming a high school teacher, and plans to use teaching as a tool through which she can travel to many different regions to learn about the languages and...

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Deb Alper

Deb Alper

Deb started out as a NYC high school Frisbee freestyler, but once discovered Ultimate, she was hooked. Over the course of the next thiry-five years that she dedicated to the sport, Deb competed in hundreds of tournaments including dozens of regional and national championships....

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Elliot Blumberg

Elliot Blumberg is a multimedia photojournalist and Master’s candidate at The Corcoran College of Art + Design. His involvement in ultimate has led him to lasting friendships, priceless memories and a better understanding of sportsmanship. He looks forward to witnessing players seeing goodness in themselves and their teammates by experiencing the spirit of the game. Practice builds character, ultimate reveals it.

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Erin Curme Jacobs

Erin Curme Jacobs

Erin Curme, representing half of the dynamic Curme-sibling-duo with brother Dan Curme, is a seasoned UP coach and hopes to return to camp every single summer for the rest of forever. Her favorite parts of camp are dance parties, mealtime cheers, slip-n-slide, and spirit-filled games....

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Gabe Kaufman

Gabe Kaufman

I am from Leverett Massachusetts but grew up playing ultimate in Amherst starting at age 8. I played both years on the Amherst middle school team and was a captain in 8th grade and continued to play at Amherst High School with 2 years on varsity under the coaching of Tiina Booth. I have participated in tons of ultimate related things including 4 years of National Ultimate Training Camp. I heard about ultimate peace from a teammate and it sounded amazing, this is now my second year at camp UP....

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Jeff Landesman

Jeff Landesman

After 40 years of playing, coaching, and teaching Ultimate, Jeff is still enamored with Spirit of the Game. It is the reason why he started playing Ultimate, and it is the reason why he keeps playing as often as possible. Jeff began his Ultimate career as a junior in high school in New York City. His team won the New York state championship, and Ultimate has been a major part of his life ever since....

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Jeremy Aron

Jeremy Aron

Jez has been playing Ultimate since 1994. Inspired by the handout of free mini-frisbees at a promotional night at the student union, he became a founder member of Sheffield University “Phat-Eds”.  After playing with London’s “Violently Happy” he moved to Israel in 2002, and helped to establish Haifa’s “Hucking Crazy”. Jez currently plays (albeit slowly and poorly) with “The Basic Joy of Play”, a team built to exemplify love of the sport...

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Jim Levine

Jim Levine

I began playing in the late 1970’s at Tufts University. In the early 80’s seven members of the Tufts team joined with players from other teams to form the Hostages, a Nationals level club team that played together for four years and was regarded as a team that was way more than the sum of its quirky parts. In the late 80’s I played on the University of Michigan’s college national team, and then bounced around playing for ever more low key teams, winding up in the Mercer...

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Joe Gara

Joe Gara

Joe Gara has been a Ultimate Peace coach in the Middle East every summer since 2010.  He caught the Ultimate bug in 1994, started the team at Salisbury University making Nationals twice.  Joe lives with his UP coach wife, Becca Tucker, their 3 year old daughter, 6 goats and 120 chickens on a farm in New York near one of the best disc golf courses in the country. He knows a good disc golf course when he sees one,...

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Joey Shapiro

Joey Shapiro

Joey Shapiro has been playing ultimate for 14 years, first learning to play at Princeton University. After playing on Clockwork Orange from 2000-2003, he played for the Chicago open teams Stonecutters and the Aldermen, Weapons of Mass Destruction (mixed) and New Noise (open) out of Boston, and Illinois’s top mixed team ELevate in 2013. He also played on Harvard University’s Redline in 2005-2006 when they won their first Regional tournament and competed at College Nationals in Columbus,...

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John Booth

John Booth

I have been playing Ultimate for over 10 years. Even as a young child I was throwing a Frisbee around with my dad. Besides playing disc sports I enjoy playing music, being on the water, and just being a goofball. I attended Georgia State University where I studied Communications and Sociology. I love meeting new friends, especially if they play Ultimate!

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Josh Seamon

Josh Seamon

Josh has been playing, coaching, and organizing Ultimate for more than 25 years. After playing in High School in Amherst, MA, where he was on the inaugural HS national championship team, he migrated west and played in Claremont, CA. Two months after graduating from Pomona College in ’02, Josh found himself teaching HS Math at St. Johnsbury Academy in the northern reaches of VT, far away from large groups of organized Ultimate....

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Josh Wiseman

Josh Wiseman

Josh has been an avid Ultimate player and fan since he helped organize his high school’s first Ultimate team in 2001. He was a member of the Stanford University men’s team for 4 successful years, including three Nationals semi-final appearances. In 2005, Josh was co-captain of the Stanford crew and was voted to the UPA’s “All Nationals” team. Josh has been a member of Revolver, a San Francisco Bay Area Men’s club team, since its inception in 2006. As part of the...

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Joshua Rubenstein

Joshua Rubenstein

Josh first coached at UP in 2013 and is thrilled to return to camp this summer! He began playing ultimate at Garfield HS in Seattle and has since played for the Whitman College Sweets, IM champion Gummy Bears FC, and at pickup games on three continents and counting. In addition to ultimate, Josh loves spending time hiking, skiing, and biking. He can generally be found pondering the climate crisis and his next culinary adventure. If you spend too much time with him prepare yourself for puns of...

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Katherine Landesman

Katherine Landesman

Katherine started throwing a disc as soon as she could stand, since both her parents play and taught her well. She went on to help start the women’s team at Clark University: Joan of Clark. She now plays in Boston in various leagues and fun tournaments. Katherine was at camp in 2010, 2011, and 2013 and is looking forward to finally getting back after all these years.

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Kelsie Schmit

Kelsie Schmit

Kelsie co-founded Mahtomedi High School Ultimate and played four years of women’s Ultimate at St. Olaf. She went on to play two seasons of Club Ultimate on mixed teams Pound and Bird. She’s coached three seasons of HS Ultimate; two for South Squall High School and one for Minneapolis Women’s YCC. Previously, Kelsie coached sailing for four summers on White Bear Lake. She’s spent significant time studying/traveling in the Middle East.

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Lisa Kanner

Lisa Kanner

I grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts and started playing ultimate in 1998 as a junior in high school.  After playing for four years with the Carleton College team Syzygy, I moved back to New England and was a member of the Boston Brutesquad from 2004 to 2011.  I was involved with Ultimate Peace during the inaugural year in 2009 and starting coaching again in 2013.  I am now living in Los Angeles and a member of the mixed team, 7 Figures.  I love everything the sport and Ultimate Peace has to offer....

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Meredith Tosta

Meredith Tosta

Meredith has spent many years actively involved in youth ultimate growing and managing youth education programs, overseeing the Junior Nationals teams, and coaching youth teams. Meredith’s playing career started in college at the University of California, San Diego and continued in Seattle and Denver over the past decade.

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Mickey Pearl

Mickey Pearl

Michal (Mickey) Pearl was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. When she started high school, her family relocated to New York City. She fell in love with Ultimate in college, where she played for the Brandeis University women’s team. Mickey has been a summer camp coach in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. She was a UP fellow and spent the 2012-2013 year in Israel working with three communities and establishing the LIT program. Since then she has returned to New York, graduated from law school, and...

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Mike Glass

Mike Glass

After 35 years of Ultimate …… I still love this game!
Having been to 20 or more Nationals and Worlds and seeing Ultimate change my life in such a positive way, it was a no-brainer when David asked me if I wanted to join him on his quest to spread this great game to the middle east.
The idea of peace through sport is a powerful one.
My hope is that maybe….. we can change the world just a little bit through Ultimate Peace!
You bet we’re gonna have...

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Nadav Pearl

Nadav Pearl

I was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel in 1992, and moved to the states in 2003. At 12 years old I discovered Ultimate in summer camp, completely fell in love with the sport and have been playing ever since....

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Nancy Glass

Nancy Glass

An original member of the UP Team, Nancy started her Ultimate career in the early 80′s with Chicago’s Nemesis. She still lives in Chicago with her husband Mike, three children, two dogs and a fish. Nancy continues to play and coach both Ultimate and Hockey.
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Paul Corbett

Paul Corbett

Paul learned how to play ultimate from his cousins who were playing for their college teams. As it grew into a family reunion tradition to play, he fell in love with the sport and never looked back. After captaining his high school team, Paul moved on to play for UNC-CH Darkside and eventually captained that team as well. While at UNC he not only played for his college and various club teams, but also started and coached a local high school’s team that has since developed into a thriving...

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Phoebe Shambaugh

First introduced to ultimate at a sleep-away camp, I quickly found the local pickup game downtown and started learning throws. Moving from Vermont to study history and the Middle East at the University of Chicago, I discovered the ultimate team and never looked back. Now, graduating in the spring as a captain of two years, I’ve made friends through ultimate on three continents, and would love to make it a fourth.

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Rebecca Brown

I have been playing for the Salisbury University Ultimate Frisbee team for four years. I have attained a true passion for the sport and my senior year I became a captain. I have played in USA Ultimate sanctioned tournaments in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, New Jersey and North Carolina. I have a dual Degree in Conflict Resolution and Psychology. I dream of pursuing a life that promotes unity, equality and non-violence.

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Sarah Afromowitz

Sarah Afromowitz

Sarah first started playing ultimate seriously in high school at University Prep in Seattle. Her junior and senior year she co-captained both the coed and girl’s teams. For her senior year of high school, the girls’ team placed 3rd in state. Sarah plays in the adult summer league in Seattle and last summer she co-captained the YCC mixed team, which placed 2nd. Sarah is currently a student in the class of 2016 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and playing for their...

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Shira Bick

Shira was raised in Vancouver, Canada, where she first fell in love with ultimate while playing for the University of British Columbia’s women’s team. After gradating from UBC with a Masters degree in journalism, her passion for sports led her to the United Kingdom, where she worked as a Media Coordinator for the London 2012 Olympic Committee and played ultimate with Thundering Herd, a top UK mixed team, in her spare time.

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Tzvi Miller

Tzvi Miller

I’m from Berkeley, California. I graduated from the Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco last year and spent the summer working as a live-in bunk counselor at Camp Ramah in California. I am currently a freshman at Brandeis University,  where I play DIII Club ultimate with TRON, the Brandeis ultimate team.

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Wanda Yuen

Wanda Yuen

Wanda started playing ultimate in Hong Kong in 2009: she was watching one game and got kicked into action when one team was short of women. Since then she has fallen in love with ultimate and has been active in local leagues and Asian Tournaments – Hong Kong, various cities in China, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Japan. Wanda has been helping with beginners’ training program and tournaments in Hong Kong....

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Yuval “Zolo” Zolotushko

Yuval "Zolo" Zolotushko

Yuval’s first encounter with a frisbee was back in 2005 in the “Hashomer Hazair” youth group.   After a few short months he heard about the “Bula Flow” (First international event in Israel) and immediately joined the volunteer crew.  Since then, he got “infected” with the frisbee bug and hasn’t stopped playing ever since....

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Anna Glass

Anna Glass

Anna started playing Ultimate in 2012 at the Paideia School (Atl, Ga) and went on to play in college at Emory University. She says that Ultimate has brought her some of the most amazing opportunities, including international travel, close friends, and a connection to the worldwide frisbee community. She started with UP in 2013 as a CIT (now the LIT program), and has since worked through every coaching position at camp. After a summer away, Anna will be back for her 6th UP camp and can’t wait!...

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Hosa Roman

Hosa Roman

Hosa or Muhammed is from Ein Rafa and started playing Ultimate in 2010.  He began as a camper in the first UP camp.  He graduated in 2015 from the CIT ( coaches in training) program to become a UP coach....

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Shadda Daburii

Shadda Daburii

Shadda Daburii is from an Arab town in Israel she is 18 years old.
She joined UP and started playing ultimate in 2012, she is finishing high school this year.
She played with the national team of Israel for two years
Gratuated from the CIT (coaches in training) program in 2015 to become a UP coach.
Now she is a leader in the LIT program,
And assistant coach in Tamra practices.
Ultimate and Ultimate Peace has changed her life in many good different ways.
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Yonatan Ben Haim

Yonatan Ben Haim

UP is part of my life since 2010,where I’ve been to the first ever camp as a 12 years old camper. Since then I’ve been through the coaches-in-training program and became a coach, accumulating countless experiences:...

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Yuval Pearl

Yuval Pearl

Yuval Pearl, better known as UV, was born in Tel Aviv Israel but now lives in New York City. He has played ultimate for over seven years learning how to play in summer camp. He is currently playing in the New York City High School League captaining the Heschel Heat, and is a member of the New York City YCC team, Little Pony.

 

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Staff

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David Barkan

David Barkan - Camp Director

David lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He also volunteers year-round for Ultimate Peace, and is the Director of Camp UP in Acco Israel every summer.  David has led many Ultimate teams over the course of his thirty-year career to compete at the highest national and international levels of the sport.  He has coached youth Ultimate for over 30 years on 4 continents, won a world championship as a player in 1995, and was inducted into the USA Ultimate Hall of Fame in 2010....

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Linda Sidorsky

Linda Sidorsky - Deputy Director of Camp

Linda lives in rural western Massachusetts in the small town of Shelburne Falls. She is one of the co-founders of Ultimate Peace along with David Barkan and Dori Yaniv. As an unpaid volunteer she devotes her time and energy all year to Ultimate Peace as the organization’s COO. She is also the Director of Operations and oversees “Measurements...

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Nancy Melrose

Nancy Melrose - Director of Educational Programs

Nancy has been an avid follower and supporter of Ultimate for over 20 years.  She oversees and creates the daily schedule and programming for our campers!  She also supervises staff, advises the youth leadership/CIT program, and serves as a key problem solver.  Nancy resides in California but lived in Israel for many years where she received training in experiential/informal education and taught high school students and adults from around the world. This led her to designing and guiding trips...

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Karym Barhom

Karym Barhom - Director of Camp Life

In 2009, Karym was introduced to Frisbee at Ultimate Peace’s first event in Tel Aviv. From 2007-2011, Karym studied and received his Bachelors of Arts in Informal Education at Beit Berl College in Kfar Saba. Karym’s extensive background in playing and coaching soccer was a natural fit for Ultimate. His work experience includes coaching many kids and young adults in Soccer, which he continues today. He also worked for five years as an Activities Director for Noar HaOved in Tel Aviv...

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Tomer Levy - Director of Operations

Tomer had his first encounter with a Frisbee seeing people tossing a disc around Rabin Square in Tel Aviv while passing by on his way home....

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Randi Glass

Randi Glass - Gear Coordinator

I have never played Ultimate, but have been lucky to be surrounded by it through marriage for over 30 years! I joined UP in 2010 and am grateful to have been part of the Admin team since then. My daughter Dani has been to camp with me every year, and there are many more Glass family members who share in UP with us, always keeping that UP Glass half FULL!!

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Dan Tapuach

Dan Tapuach - Videographer

Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel
How long you have been playing frisbee: I’ve been playing Ultimate for 8 years.
With what community you work: Daburia, Kfar Tavor, Buena Nujidat, Tuba Zangaria
Brief history of playing experience: Playing ultimate since 2003. Have been playing in different club teams around Israel along the years, and some competitive ultimate in the States. In 2011 became a coach for the Israeli national youth teams and flew as a coach to EYUC 2011 in Poland....

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