Calgary, AB–In recognition of the belief that good sport can make a great difference, Ringette Canada has declared the 2023 World Ringette Championships in Calgary a True Sport event. The event will commence in Calgary on October 29, 2023. The event will see five countries compete at the U21 and President’s Pool World Championships, as well as showcase a U18 International Development Festival and Ringette Canada’s annual U17 La Relève. Over 350 athletes, coaches, and officials will participate. 

Ringette Canada is dedicated to True Sport and is committed to inspiring youth to practice values-based sport. True Sport is Ringette Canada’s approach to values-based sport and is underpinned by seven principles. When “Go For It, Play Fair, Respect Others, Keep It Fun, Stay Healthy, Include Everyone, and Give Back” are activated in sport environments, it leads to a positive sport culture.

“As a passionate champion of True Sport and all that it stands for, Ringette Canada is proud to declare the 2023 World Ringette Championships a True Sport event,” said Julie Vézina, Executive Director, Ringette Canada. “We are excited to introduce competing nations to the True Sport Principles, and do our part to make the experience as positive and impactful as possible for all participants and fans of ringette. I encourage all those coming to Calgary to learn more about how they can live the True Sport Principles before, during, and after the event.”

As a declared member, Ringette Canada is already committed to True Sport. By declaring the 2023 World Ringette Championships a True Sport event, Ringette Canada aims to bring awareness to True Sport and show the international sport community the culture of ringette and bring values-based sport to ringette athletes, coaches, officials, associations, and fans.

There are many ways that True Sport will be brought to life during the Championships. The ringette community is invited join in and use the hashtag #TrueSportMoments to celebrate the values of fairness, excellence, inclusion, and fun in the lead-up and during the championships on social media. True Sport Principles banners will be at the venue to raise awareness of the seven principles and serve as a reminder of the behaviour that is expected during the championships. True Sport oaths will be included during the opening ceremony and True Sport videos will be played during the live stream.

“We applaud Ringette Canada, and the International Ringette Federation, on their commitment to incorporating the True Sport Principles into the World Championships. Their leadership showcases the importance of values-based sport to the international ringette community,” said Karri Dawson, Executive Director, Values-Based Sport at the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. ”We wish everyone involved a fun and memorable experience!”

Good sport does not happen by chance. Sport falls short of its potential when negative behaviour gets in the way of the positive things sport can teach us about working together, respecting each other’s efforts, and handling both victory and defeat with the grace of a champion.

For more information on the 2023 World Ringette Championships, visit https://worldringettechampionship.com/ and follow Ringette Canada’s social networks to be kept up to date on the event.

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About True Sport

True Sport is an initiative of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), which is designed to give people, communities, and organizations the means to leverage the benefits of good sport, from a platform of shared values and principles. As a values-based sport network leader, the CCES believes that activating the True Sport Principles, on and off the field of play, will contribute to a positive shift in Canadian sport culture. Learn more at www.truesport.ca

About Ringette

Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. There are currently over 30,000 players on nearly 2,000 teams across Canada, with over 1,500 officials and nearly 8000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in more than a half a dozen other countries around the world. Ringette has been designated a Heritage Sport by Sport Canada and as part of the Sport for Life movement, ringette is well advanced at adapting Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model. Learn more at www.ringette.ca.

Territory acknowledgement

While we are a proud Canadian organization, we acknowledge that our head office is located on traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People, and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Ringette Canada extends our respect to all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples for their valuable contributions to this land. We are committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.

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