In between games, Derek did not disappoint as he gamely posed for photos and signed autographs from Filipino fans who came to watch and cheer for the actor.
Although he has been playing competitively in various local and international tournaments for the past couple of years (with a stint in professional basketball when he first arrived in the country), matinee idol and multi-sport athlete Derek Ramsay can now say he has finally achieved one of his athletic goals last weekend, which was to win the Division A championship in the 2010 Singapore Ultimate Open held last weekend, September 18-19. Every year, asian countries like Hong Kong, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Japan, China, and the Philippines host their own major tournaments but the Singapore tournament is considered as most competitive Ultimate Frisbee tournament in Southeast Asia. Teams from all over train months in advance to compete for a slot in this prestigious international tourney.
The past two years have been bittersweet as Derek'rsquo;s team (who went as Team Pilipinas in 2008 and 2009) had made it to the finals in the past two years but fell short of bringing home the title. This year, his team was named Mixed Nuts and was composed of talented newbies and veteran players, which included his Magkaribal castmate and team captain Erik Waldie (who plays Alexander Jacobs in the series) and host/model Reema Chanco. Derek was visibly happy with his team'rsquo;s performance as they beat last years champions, Team Mo'rsquo;chi in the semis and afterwards had an exciting finals which led to a convincing win against Singapore-based team Freakshow with a final score of 17-14.
The Fil-Brit hunk, who had to fly in the day of the tournament because of previous showbiz engagements, said he had been looking forward to this tournament after taking a break from playing Ultimate for the most part of the year after having knee surgery a few months back. Despite his hectic taping schedule for Magkaribal, Derek squeezed this in because he had high hopes for their Philippine-based squad. It would be one of the best pasalubong to be able to bring home the medal finally this year. For the past two years, we'rsquo;ve won second place and this year I feel is the year for us," he was quoted as saying in an earlier interview during the Star Magic Ball a week before the tourney.
Derek was also chosen as one of the mythical Seven in the SUO. The hunky actor played excellent offense and defense all throughout the tourney despite dealing with chronic shoulder and knee pain. He wowed the crowds with his trademark dives and aggressive sprinting. In between games, Derek did not disappoint as he gamely posed for photos and signed autographs from Filipino fans who came to watch and cheer for the actor for the two whole days of games at the Sengkang fields. Barring any showbiz commitments, Derek says he now looks forward to repeating the feat this coming November as Manila plays host to its own tournament, dubbed the Manila Spirits, which will be held at the Clark fields in Pampanga.
To see photos of Derek in action at the Singapore Open, check out the photo gallery here.