Calgary RATH launched the 2012-13 NRL season with an enthusiastic combination of rookies and veterans that can’t wait to take its game on the road.
Created in 2004, the same year the NRL began, Calgary RATH has competed at every national championship, bringing several medals back to a city where ringette has been played for more than 40 years.
Calgary RATH also qualified and competed at the first World Club Championship (WCC) in 2008. RATH’s bronze-medal finish at the 2011 Canadian Ringette Championship qualified the team for a spot at the 2011 World Club Championship in Finland. (The team opted against the overseas event.)
Every Calgary member of this year’s team has medalled at a Canadian Ringette Championship. This year’s roster includes four members of the 2010 Senior National Team and three players from the 2009 U19 Team Canada West. Five rookie RATH players are on the current roster for 2012 U19 Team Canada West.
Cliff Lawrick’s decision to step down as head coach at the end of the last season opened the door to major staffing changes. This year’s team is led by long-time coach Trina Janssens, with Jodi Gach (nee Jensen), Robyn Fraser (nee McNeil) and Paul Geddes as assistants. The coaches boast an array of ringette achievements, including several national championships. Gach (a former world champion) and Fraser are also former members of the Calgary RATH.
In addition to pursuing success on the ice, RATH plays a pivotal role in the development of community- and elite-level ringette in Calgary. Recruit the RATH and a series of U12 Development Camps with Bilt Rt Ringette Training are key examples of RATH’s ongoing commitment to ringette development.
RATH salutes its sponsors and fans! Thank you for helping us make ringette the #1 ice sport for girls and women in Calgary!