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The Seattle Rainmakers are elated to have super speedster Elliot Trotter on their side heading into the season.
Elliot Trotter is the definition of speed. With relentless hustle and incredible hops, Trotter brings unparalleled dedication to the sport on and off the field. In addition to wearing #77 for the Rainmakers, Trotter currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Skyd Magazine and as Business Director for RISE UP Ultimate. Trotter knows a thing or two about making an impact in Ultimate.
“Being a part of the Rainmakers is a tremendous opportunity to represent the city of Seattle in the sport I love. My involvement with Ultimate derives from my passion for seeing something I appreciate grow. I’m pleased to see that my involvement has helped to encourage other talented people to get involved with the sport and make big things happen,” says Trotter.
Trotter hails from Highland Park, IL and came to the Pacific Northwest to study at the University of Puget Sound. “I love the outdoors and I wanted to try something different from the Midwest. Coming out here was the right choice. Seattle is the mecca for the sport and after I graduated and realized I wanted to play high level Ultimate, moving up north from Tacoma was the right fit.”
Trotter founded and played on the University of Puget Sound’s Postmen, and on Seattle club teams Outlaw and Voodoo, where he was captain in 2012. Trotter is not shy about what he hopes to accomplish as a Rainmaker, “I intend to make a name for myself as one of the most hard-working, explosive and dangerous players in the game.”
An openly gay athlete, Trotter also hopes to make an impact beyond the game itself.
I’m not being open about my sexual orientation because I feel that being gay is what defines me any more than the fact that I have really pretty green eyes. I’m not necessarily looking to wear my homosexuality on my sleeve. In today’s society, being gay is still taboo. The fact that in baseball, basketball, football and soccer there are so few openly gay male athletes is a symptom of a culture that has not created a safe environment for those individuals to be open about who they are. Having that rallying point would inspire others to believe in themselves and serve as a reminder that achievement knows no sexual orientation.
When I think about being “openly gay” as a professional athlete, I think about the LGBT kids that don’t have someone in sports they can look up to. I don’t necessarily mean to be a role model as much as I mean to inspire others to reach their own heights. It’s my intention that by being open about my sexuality as a professional athlete and leading by example I can help to signal positive change.
Assistant Coach Andy Lovseth is elated to have Trotter on the Rainmakers’ roster. “Elliot is fast. And quick. And bouncy. His speed fools throwers because he can make up so much ground while the disc is in the air. I think we’re going to see Elliot making impact plays in MLU this season.”
With game one against Vancouver only weeks away, Trotter is already focused on a championship. “The Rainmakers are going to win the title belt and we’re going to have the most fun out of any team in America doing it. No team is better prepared and more experienced. It’s not just a game here, it’s our lives.”