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Almaze Lema

Biography

Almaze (or Chupzi) has always stood out on Wreck. She brought a background of athleticism, defensive hygiene and competitive drive, even in her first year playing ultimate. She quickly became essential to Wreck’s offense, equipped with a wide arsenal of throws and the ability to get open regardless who her defender was. A threat on both sides of the disc, Chupzi is Wreck’s go-to defender for shutting down opponents’ key players. Chupzi has captained the team since spring of 2018 and constantly leads by example. She plays fairly and calmly, remaining composed except when hyping up teammates in huddles or from the sideline. Teammates match up on Chupzi in scrimmages to get better, and Chupzi plays as relentlessly during practice as she does during tournaments. She has consistently pushed the team to recognize both individual potential and the program’s potential to be nationally competitive – a goal Wreck met this year, finishing sixth in the nation at the end of the season.

Chupzi is also an influence in the Atlanta ultimate community, playing with club teams Outbreak and Bucket, and most recently, earning a roster spot on Atlanta Soul. She has advocated for further representation of black players, playing in Project Diversity’s Color of Ultimate showcase game and leading equity discussions to the Georgia Tech ultimate community. She commands respect on the field and demands respect off it. Chupzi has committed passion, tournament playlists and endless effort to Wreck. We are proud to nominate her for Callahan and put her on the platform she deserves.

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