Ottawa’s Laura Knowles elected as International Ringette Federation Technical Director

Ottawa, Ontario – April 18, 2016 – Ringette Canada is pleased to announce that Laura Knowles has been elected as Technical Director of the International Ringette Federation (IRF). The IRF has also elected Finland’s Anu Pitkänen as Director of Sport Development.

Knowles, who lives in Ottawa, has been involved with ringette in various capacities for over 40 years, including as an athlete, coach, instructor, official and administrator. She has been actively involved in rules development, as well as the development of officials.

During her officiating career, Knowles became one of the top officials in Canada and over the last 15 years has focused on the development of future high performance officials.

“Laura has made many valuable contributions to our sport in Canada,” said Natasha Johnston, Ringette Canada Executive Director. “We are very pleased that she will now be able to bring her expertise to the international table.”

The International Ringette Federation was founded in 1986 and currently has six member countries: Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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