Ringette Canada hosts 50th anniversary all-star festival
Ottawa, Ontario – February 27, 2014 – As part of its ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations, Ringette Canada will be hosting an all-star festival on March 8th in Broisbriand, Quebec. The festival will include a National Ringette League (NRL) game featuring a number of the league’s Eastern Conference all-stars, an NRL all-star skills competition, a youth skills event and a practice with NRL athletes. The festival will take place at Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau (3600, boulevard Grande-Allée, Broisbriand, QC).
“The all-star festival is a continuation of the 50th anniversary celebrations that we have been hosting across the country since the beginning of the season,” said Frances Losier, sport development director with Ringette Canada. “What’s great about this event is that our younger players will have the opportunity to interact and meet some of the ringette athletes that they look up to all season long.”
The NRL all-star game will feature athletes from the league’s Eastern Conference and the game will be webcast live through the following link: http://new.livestream.com/ringette. The athletes participating in the all-star game can be found below.
During the NRL all-star skills competition, top NRL athletes will show off their skills as they compete in a team event. Each athlete will compete in one skills event in the hopes of gaining points for her team. Contest winners from the 50th anniversary roadshow that was held across Canada in the fall will compete in this event alongside their NRL heroes. A full list of contest winners can be found below.
The youth skills event will allow young athletes registered for the festival to participate in a series of Ringette ABC skills events. Participants will receive a report card with their individual results along with an event souvenir. Lastly, athletes registered for the festival will get to practice with the NRL athletes.
50th anniversary roadshow contest winners are as follows:
Lindsey Hood – Charlottetown, PEI
Moriah Hennessey – Moncton, NB
Lianne MacMillan, Pointe-Claire, QC
Ashley Belanger – Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC.
Caitlyn Fischman – Beaconsfield-Kirkland, QC
Tatyana Pillay-Noel – Pierrefonds, QC
Alessia Ferraresi – St. Laurent, QC
Laney Frost – Ajax, ON
Tamara Buhler – Winnipeg, MB
Brianna Lacquement – Beaumont, AB
Emma Lacquement – Beaumont, AB
In addition to all expenses paid trip to the all-star festival, each contest winner will receive: an all access VIP passes to all events for family (up to 4), participation in all Festival activities, one mini-camp session, a spot in the youth skills event and certificate of participation with results, VIP seats for the NRL all-star game, on-ice participation in the NRL all-star skills event, an official NRL all-star jersey, and the opportunity to meet all 30 NRL all-stars.
The following are the NRL athletes who will be participating in the all-star festival:
Jasmine Leblanc – G – Gloucester Devils – Moncton, NB
Sam Nosal – F – Richmond Hill Lightning – St Clements, ON
Bryanna Kelly – F – Waterloo Wildfire – Brantford, ON
Cathy VanOosterhout – D – Waterloo Wildfire – St. Marys, ON
Brittany MacDonald – F – Ottawa Ice – Osgoode, ON
Carrie Lugg – D – Ottawa Ice – Ottawa,ON
Jenn Hartley – F – Ottawa Ice – Calgary, AB
Elsa Fougère – D – Ottawa Ice – Nepean, ON
Jackie Gaudet – F – Cambridge Turbos – Cambridge, ON
Sydney Granger – D – Cambridge Turbos – Dorchester, ON
Elyssa Jasper – F – Cambridge Turbos – Ajax, ON
Jena Kivihao – D – Atlantic Attack – Whitefish, ON
Tori Goble – G – Ottawa Ice – Carleton Place, ON
Myriam Lavergne – F – Gatineau Fusion – Gatineau, QC
Chantal St-Laurent – F – Gatineau Fusion – Charlesbourg, QC
Claudie Carpentier – G – Rive Sud Revolution – Gatineau, QC
Amanda Leblanc – D – Rive Sud Revolution – Laval, QC
Sarah B-Lacaille – D – Lac St Louis Adrenaline – St. Eustache, QC
Andrée Anne P. Lajoie – D – Lac St Louis Adrenaline – Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC
Courtney Keeble – F – Lac St Louis Adrenaline – Lachine, QC
Carolyne Laroche – D – Le Royal de Bourassa – Montreal, QC
Austin Lancaster – D – Le Royal de Bourassa – Pierrefonds, QC
Alexandra Lacharité – F – Le Royal de Bourassa – Ste-Julie, QC
Julie Blanchette – D – Montreal Mission – Montreal, QC
Catherine Cartier – F – Montreal Mission – Montreal, QC
Stéphanie Séguin – F – Montreal Mission – St-Laurent, QC
Claudia Jetté – G – Montreal Mission – St-Laurent, QC
Julie Primard – F – Montreal Mission – St-Constant, QC
The schedule of events for the all-star festival is as follows:
10:00 to 13:30 – practice with NRL athletes
13:30 to 16:00 – NRL all-star game
16:00 to 17:00 – NRL all-star skills competition
17:00 to 20:00 – Youth skills event
Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. There are currently nearly 30,000 players on more than 2,000 teams across Canada with over 2,400 officials and 5,000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in half a dozen other countries around the world. As part of the Sport for Life movement, ringette is well advanced at adapting Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada Web site at www.ringette.ca.