Alex Parker reaches new heights in ringette refereeing career
‘It is an unreal feeling to know that my name was even on that list as a consideration, let alone actually get the invite’
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For Alex Parker, a good thing happened when she was least expecting it. “I got the e-mail and kind of freaked out a little bit.”
Parker was selected to officiate the Eastern Canadian Ringette Championships in Dieppe, New Brunswick last month.
“I found out at the beginning of March and if I’m being honest, it was a bit of a surprise this year. I wasn’t expecting the invite this year, I was hoping for at least next year.”
Parker says the tournament was “an absolute blast” and she was one of three on-ice ringette referees selected from Ontario to go to the championship, along with two provincial-level evaluators for the tournament that included 27 teams from Quebec, PEI, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Ontario, with players in the U14, U16, U19 and 18+ age groups.
“If you look at the number of officials in Ontario, you could say there is a lot of competition. It is an unreal feeling to know that my name was even on that list as a consideration, let alone actually get the invite,” says Parker who was also part of the group that got to do one of the final games.
“Which was pretty cool,” says Parker. “Again there’s the selection process to even get there and then you’re being evaluated based on how you do over the weekend. If you have a terrible weekend you’re not seeing a final. My fellow Ontario refs and I ended up getting to do the underdog team final which is a big deal for anybody in our referee world who understands it, it is a huge deal to be able to do a final at a national event like that and to be able to do it at the eastern Canadian championships is just something else.”
During the weekend tournament, Parker was on the ice for 10 games, which makes for a busy weekend.