The 1980’s

  • 1980:   Second Canadian Ringette Championships are held in Waterloo. The Ontario juniors of Sudbury, belles of Waterloo and debs of Etobicoke win Canadian championships.
  • 1981:   The third Canadian Ringette Championships are played in Sudbury. The Ontario juniors of Kitchener and belles of Gloucester, plus the debs of Fort Richmond-Winnipeg, Manitoba, win the Canadian titles. The Manitoba debs are the first non-Ontario team to win a Canadian Ringette Championship title.
  • 1981:   Quebec teams participate in the Canadian Ringette Championships for first time, represented by teams from the Lac-Saint-Louis Regional Ringette Association.
  • 1981:   New Brunswick becomes the eighth provincial ringette association.
  • 1982:   Newfoundland forms provincial ringette association.
  • 1982:   The fourth Canadian Ringette Championships are held in Dartmouth-Cole Harbour, with the Sudbury juniors, Gloucester belles and the Kildonan Transcona (Winnipeg) debs capturing Canadian crowns. Newfoundland participates for the first time with a belle team.
  • 1982:   First Ringette Canada Women’s Leadership Workshop is held in Ottawa.
  • 1982:   Ringette Canada achieves full residency status at National Sports and Recreation Centre in Ottawa.
  • 1982:   Ringette Canada hires first full-time employee.
  • 1982:   Ringette Canada officiating program is developed, complete with manuals and resources for the certification series.
  • 1983:   Ringette Canada gains control of the official ringette rules and ringette rulebook copyright with cooperation of the Ontario Ringette Association.
  • 1983:   The fifth Canadian Ringette Championships are staged in Sherwood Park, Alberta. The Waterloo juniors of Ontario and the Transcona Belles and Kildonan-Transcona debs of Manitoba win the Canadian Ringette Championships.
  • 1984:   Tom Mayenknecht, Ringette Canada director of public relations, wins first-ever national sports award for ringette. Ringette Review is awarded the Doug Gilbert Media Medallion at Canadian Sports Federation National Awards, selected as the best Canadian amateur sports magazine produced by a volunteer editor.
  • 1984:   Ringette Canada coaching program and officiating manuals achieve bilingual status.
  • 1984:   The sixth Canadian Ringette Championships are held in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia.
  • 1985:   Ringette Canada representatives travel to the Soviet Union, Finland and Sweden to promote Ringette.
  • 1985: St. James Ringette Association of Winnipeg introduces ringette to the Soviet Union.
  • 1985: Barry Mattern introduces ringette to Japan.
  • 1985:   Ringette Canada breaks reaches 20,000 player mark with registrations.
  • 1985:   Prince Edward Island becomes the 10th provincial ringette member.
  • 1985:   Ringette Canada holds first marketing meeting.
  • 1986: Members approve change in rules to “extended zone” concept.
  • 1986:   Northwest Territories becomes the 11th provincial ringette member.
  • 1986:   Betty Shields becomes a finalist for the Air Canada Executive of the Year.
  • 1986:   International Ringette Federation is formed. Canada, Finland, France, Sweden and the United States are the founding countries.
  • 1986:   First International ringette tournament is held in Finland.
  • 1986:   Ringette is introduced to Australia and New Zealand by the Maples ringette tour.
  • 1987:   New format adopted for the Canadian Ringette Championships.
  • 1987:   Graeme Rodden wins Doug Gilbert Media Award from the Sports Federation of Canada.
  • 1988: Ringette Canada’s Hall of Fame established.

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