Laura Knowles began in ringette as a player and started officiating in her early teens. Her officiating career spanned over thirty years during which she became Level 5 official. Laura has been very involved in the development of the rules of ringette, including the thirty-second shot clock and the “move it or lose it” rule, as well as the development of high performance officials. She has been a master instructor since 1991 and has officiated and supervised at numerous provincial championships and has officiated, supervised and been the director of officials at the Canadian Ringette Championships, Canada Winter Games and World Ringette Championship. She has held the positions of director of officials and technical director with BC Ringette; director of officials with Ringette Nova Scotia; VP of technical for Ringette Canada; the eastern region rep for Ontario Ringette’s officiating committee; and she has also been both a member and the chair of Ringette Canada’s officiating committee.
When asked what the induction meant to her, Laura commented, “Being inducted into the Ringette Canada Hall of Fame is truly an honor and I am thrilled to be inducted alongside some great people that have done so much for our sport. To join the ranks of the other officials in the Hall of Fame, many with whom I officiated with over the years, is amazing and humbling.”