Team Canada selection camp to be held in Toronto

Ottawa, ON – May 13, 2015 – Canada’s top ringette athletes will gather this weekend in Toronto in the hopes of securing a spot on Ringette Canada’s national teams. Following the selection camp, which runs from May 14-18 at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence in Etobicoke, athletes will be named to the junior and senior national teams that will continue to train for competition at the 2016 world ringette championship that will take place in Helsinki, Finland from December 28th, 2015 to January 4th, 2016.

“This is the first time we have hosted a joint selection camp for our junior and senior national teams and we are looking forward to bringing together Canada’s best athletes in this exciting next step of our national team program,” said Frances Losier, Ringette Canada’s Director of High Performance and Events. “These athletes will be leaving it all on the ice at this camp and the outcome will be the naming of two very strong and capable teams that we are confident will be set for success at the upcoming world championship.”

A full schedule for the selection camp can be found here.

The athletes vying for a spot on Ringette Canada’s senior national team are as follows:

Alberta

Breanna Beck, Red Deer AB
Jamie Bell, Lacombe AB
Dailyn Bell, Lacombe AB
Shaundra Bruvall, Calgary AB
Jenna Debaji, Edmonton AB
Jen Hartley, Balzac AB/Ottawa ON
Jacqueline Ho, Calgary AB
Bobbi Mattson, Calgary AB
Paola Romeo, Calgary AB
Dallas Robbins, Calgary AB
Jocelyn Stock, Calgary AB
Christianne Varty, Calgary AB

Manitoba

Lindsay Burns, Winnipeg MB
Amy Clarkson, St. Andrews MB

Ontario

Allison Biewald, Ottawa ON
Taylor Campbell, Tillsonburg ON
Melissa Findlay, Oshawa ON
Jacqueline Gaudet, Cambridge ON
Sydney Granger, Dorchester ON
Beth Hurren, Bowmanville ON
Elyssa Jasper, Ajax ON
Bryanna Kelly, Brantford ON
Paige Nosal, St. Clements ON
Ashley Miller, St. Marys ON
Meghan Pittaway, Cambridge ON
Shelagh Rouse, Waterloo ON
Jayme Simzer, Nepean ON
Kaitlyn Youldon, Nepean ON
Kelsey Youldon, Nepean ON

Quebec

Julie Blanchette, Montreal QC
Stéphanie Séguin, St-Laurent QC
Chantal St-Laurent, Charlesbourg QC

New Brunswick

Jasmine Leblanc, Moncton NB

The athletes vying for a spot on Ringette Canada’s junior national team are as follows:

British Columbia

Nina Tajbakhsh, North Vancouver BC

Alberta

Ellen Hoban, Calgary AB
Kelsie Caine, Red Deer AB
Annie Debaji, Edmonton AB
Justine Exner, Calgary AB
Robyn Gillespie, Sherwood Park AB
Lauren Henderson, St. Albert AB

Saskatchewan

Jesse Nimegeers, White City SK

Manitoba

Ryann Bannerman, Winnipeg MB
Nicole Desrosiers, Winnipeg MB
Talia Gallant, Winnipeg MB
Kinley Graves, Stonewall MB
Samantha Renooy, Oakbank MB
Keyona Tomiuk, Oakbank MB
Janelle Wotherspoon, Winnipeg MB

Ontario

Sarah-Lynne Begin, Ottawa ON
Chantal Gauthier, Pickering ON
Carley Heimbecker, Cambridge ON
Molly Lewis, Nepean ON
Sydney Nosal, St. Clements ON
Karli O’Brien, Ottawa ON
Shae-Lynn Reaman, Mount Forest ON
Abby Richardson, Guelph ON
Melissa Simone, Richmond Hill ON
Jenna van Koppen, Metcalf ON
Erica Voss, Etobicoke ON

Quebec

Justine Lapointe, St-Basile QC
Catherine Ruel, Mascouche QC
Laurie St-Pierre, Longueuil QC

New Brunswick

Dominik LeBlanc, Dieppe NB
Nathalie Poirier, Dieppe NB
Miguelle Proulx, Dieppe NB
Britney Snowdon, Moncton NB
Jenny Snowdon, Moncton NB

Nova Scotia

Ashley Maynard, Halifax NS

Barb Bautista (Calgary) leads the senior national team as head coach, along with assistant coaches Trina Janssens (Calgary) and Sharolyn Wouters (Brooklin, ON), team leader Stephanie Laurin (Kingston), head athletic therapist Connie Klassen (Victoria) and mental performance consultant Carl Nienhuis (Abbotsford). Wouters replaces previously named assistant coach Julie Blanchette (Montreal), who is now vying for a spot on the senior national team roster.

Lorrie Horne (Sherwood Park, AB) leads the junior national team as head coach and is joined by assistant coach Chris Belan (Calgary), team leader Jackie Deschenes (Ajax) and athletic therapist Melinda Watson (Red Deer). Previously named assistant coach Bryson Lamble (Nepean, ON) is no longer on the bench and his replacement will be announced following the selection camp.

Following the camp, both teams will continue to train for the upcoming world championship. The junior team will hold training camps in July and October, while the senior team will have a training camp in August. For more information on the 2016 world ringette championship, including a game schedule, please visit http://www.wrc2015.fi/en/Index.html.

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.

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. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada Web site at www.ringette.ca.

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