Winnipeg selected to host 2018 Canadian Ringette Championships
Ottawa, Ontario – October 23, 2015 – Ringette Canada today announced it has selected Winnipeg, Manitoba as the host for the 2018 Canadian Ringette Championships. The 2018 event will be the fifth time that Winnipeg has hosted the Canadian Ringette Championships after the inaugural event as held there in 1979, as well as the events in 1988, 1995 and 2005.
“The bid by the Winnipeg hosting committee was solid, factored in little details that set them apart from the other bids presented and ensures concrete legacy plans that will benefit the sport in the area moving forward,” Frances Losier, Ringette Canada’s Director of High Performance and Events. “We look forward to working with this group to deliver an outstanding event in 2018.”
The event will be held April 7-14, 2018 and will see teams from across the country competing in three divisions – U16, U19 and the National Ringette League (NRL) division (19+). The 2018 championships will be held at the MTS Iceplex and Seven Oaks Arena, both new state of the art facilities in close proximity to the downtown core.
Ringette Canada recently changed its hosting guidelines policy to include a formal bid and review process, whereas past events were awarded based on a vote at the Ringette Canada annual general meeting. The 2018 event represents the first time the event has been awarded using the new policy and also saw bids from Mississauga, Sault Ste Marie, Burnaby and Ottawa.
The 2016 championships will be held in London, Ontario and the 2017 event will be held in Leduc, Alberta.
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 nearly 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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