Ringette Canada announces National Team head coaches

Ottawa, Ontario – July 9, 2020 – Ringette Canada today announced the selection of its 2021 National Team coaches. Sherwood Park’s Lorrie Horne will lead Canada’s senior national team as head coach while Cap-Pelé’s Mark Beal will take on the role of head coach of our junior national team.

Lorrie Horne is no stranger to the Team Canada bench. She has been a ringette coach for over 29 years and was inducted into the Ringette Canada Hall of Fame in 2008. Horne has won 3 consecutive World Ringette Championships at the Junior level.  She was the head coach of the last Canadian senior national team to win gold at the 2002 world ringette championships.

I am looking forward to collaborating with Mark and his staff to build the high performance pathway and create a strong training environment across the country.” said Horne. “We have a deep talent pool and I’m very excited to work with Canada’s best to build a championship team to compete on the international stage.

Mark Beal brings with him 12 years of coaching experience which include leading New Brunswick’s 2019 Canada Games team and winning a U16 national championship in 2017. His motivation for coaching has always been to teach and provide a positive learning experience for athletes so they can realize their potential. Always willing to learn, Mark has also been an active and engaged participant in Ringette Canada’s high performance coach development initiatives over the past two years. He took part in the 2018 High Performance Challenge Cup as well as the 2019 U17 La Relève event. 

“I am very excited about this opportunity to lead Canada’s junior national team. The talent we have in this country is deep and diverse at all age levels and our goal will be to keep this group of high performance athletes evolving.” said Beal. “By being fully integrated with the senior team and its staff, we will provide the necessary alignment to ensure Ringette Canada’s high performance program has continued and sustainable success for years to come. I am truly honoured by the opportunity to be part of Team Canada.”

As Ringette Canada continues to build off of the success of its national team program and development pathways, the organization strives to continue to offer an optimal, safe and welcoming training environment for high performance athletes. The challenge brought on by the current pandemic has heightened the need to ensure stability and alignment and opened up the opportunity for innovative ways to continue to engage athletes and ensure they are ready to perform when the time comes. 

‘’We are confident that Lorrie and Mark can lead their respectives teams to success, while collaborating towards the further development of an aligned high performance system,‘’ said Frances Losier, Ringette Canada’s High Performance Director. ‘’I look forward to working with both of them as we take the next step towards being world leader in growing ringette.’’

Ringette Canada’s junior and senior national team assistant coach application process will close on August 1st, 2020. Click here for full details: https://www.ringette.ca/about-us/jobs-opportunities/

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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