Ringette Canada awards scholarships
Ottawa, Ontario – June 3, 2015 – Ringette Canada today announced the recipients of the 17th annual Agnes Jacks Scholarship Awards, the 15th annual Cara Brown Ringette Scholarship Awards and the 1st annual 5-Count Ringette Goalie Scholarship Awards. Receiving Agnes Jacks Scholarships are Teagan McMillan (Regina, SK), Sophie Vautour (Cole Harbour, NS), Jillian Buckingham (Fredericton, NB), Shaye Demke (Winnipeg, MB) and Heidi Riek (Airdrie, AB). Receiving Cara Brown Ringette Scholarships are Kara Hueniken (Chatham, ON) and Brigitte Savoie (Dieppe, NB). Receiving 5-Count Ringette Goalie Scholarships are Sydney Durnin (Goderich, ON) and Sarah Cram (Ottawa, ON).
Agnes Jacks, who sadly passed away on April 1, 2005, was the widow of Sam Jacks, who invented the sport of ringette back in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario. While the sport lost Mr. Jacks’ guiding hand through his untimely passing in 1975, the ringette community continued to benefit greatly from Agnes’ dedicated and enthusiastic promotion of the sport, and the ringette community appropriately laid claim to Mrs. Jacks as their very own goodwill ambassador. The Agnes Jacks Scholarship Award is presented to ringette players, coaches and/or officials who have demonstrated a strong academic performance and a commitment to the sport of ringette. Recipients receive a $1,000 scholarship towards post-secondary education and also receive a scholarship award certificate recognizing their achievements.
Cara Brown played competitive ringette in Sudbury and Calgary and participated in 17 Canadian ringette championships, as well as serving as team captain at the World ringette championship in 1990, 1992 and 1994. The Cara Brown Ringette Scholarship was originally formed to recognize Cara’s involvement in ringette and is awarded to a registered ringette player who is actively playing ringette at the elite level, who is entering a Canadian university on a full-time basis for the first time, who combines academic excellence and a minimum of a B average with a strong commitment to the sport of ringette. Recipients receive a $1000 scholarship towards post-secondary education and also receive a scholarship award certificate recognizing their achievements.
The 5-Count Ringette Goalie Scholarship provides two scholarships in the amount of $250 each and are awarded annually to registered players who are actively playing as a goalkeeper and the scholarships are to be used for a unique opportunity that will benefit them as a goalie, their team, and/or ringette in general. The scholarships have been made possible through the support of Keely Brown, Heather Konkin and the program they co-own, 5-Count Ringette Goalie Instruction.
2015 has been proclaimed the ‘Year of Sport’ in Canada, which aims to celebrate the role that sport plays in our Canadian identity. Ringette Canada fully supports this proclamation and encourages all Canadians to celebrate sport in their communities.
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. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada Web site at www.ringette.ca.
For more information, please contact:
Media and Public Relations | Relations de presse et publiquesRingette Canada | Ringuette Canada
National Ringette League | Ligue Nationale de Ringuette
Phone | Téléphone : (613) 748-5655, ext. 226
Cell : (902) 308-1067
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