Here are the newcomers to Waterloo Wildfire this season.
#1 McKayla Jarvie
I started playing ringette in Paris before heading to Cambridge in tween for AA level play until belle. I played for Southern AAA during my second year of U19AA and decided to play Open level and enter the draft instead of playing in Cambridge for my third and final year of U19.
I couldn't have been drafted to a better team to begin my NRL career! Waterloo has taken me in as one of their own and I couldn't feel more at home with the Wildfire. Being from a completely different association, I thought the transition would be hard as I didn't know anyone very well but the whole team was encouraging and friendly. I am extremely grateful to get to play with such a great and talented group of ladies and am looking forward to what the rest of this season and seasons to come have in store!
#4 Tara Burke
Tara has been playing ringette for 12 years and this is her third season playing in the NRL. She played the previous two years as an RAP.
Her major ringette accomplishments include winning a gold medal at Eastern Canadian Ringette Championships in 2013, a silver medal at Ontario Winter Games with Western AAA in 2014, captain of Western AAA in 2016, an undefeated season and first in Ontario with Western AAA in 2016, a gold medal at Ontario Provincial Championships (Team Ontario U19AA) in 2016, and a silver medal at Canadian National Ringette Championships in 2016.
When Tara isn’t playing ringette, she enjoys playing field hockey, and is in 2nd year of Health Studies at the University of Waterloo. In order to prepare for a big game, she listens to pump up music. Her favorite quote is “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. Her favorite music is country, her favorite movie is Mean Girls, and her favorite TV show is Friends. Tara also has a twin sister on the Waterloo Wildfire NRL team.
#9 Erin Markle
Erin has been playing ringette for 14 years. This is Erin’s first year in the NRL, playing as an RAP last year. Her major accomplishments include silver medal in the 2015 Canada Winter games, winning U19AA provincials 2015-2016, silver medal in 2015 Canadian Ringette Championships, named to the U19 All-star team at Canadian Ringette Championships, undefeated in all challenge cups while playing for Western Region AAA in 2015-2016, being named RAP for Waterloo Wildfire NRL in 2015-2016.
When not playing ringette, Erin loves to play lacrosse or just lie in bed watching Netflix. She is currently taking a 5th year at Kitchener-Collegiate Institute. Before a big game, music is her go to. Music pumps her up so she is ready to hit the ice hard when game time comes. Her favorite quote is “Better than yesterday”.
She says every practice, game or work out session makes her a better player. She knows she can improve if she keeps working hard in every aspect of the game. She enjoys listening to anything with a good beat, whether it’s pop, rap or EDM, a good song is a good song! She likes all movies as long as it isn’t horror, and her favorite TV shows include One Tree Hill, Prison Break, White Collar, 90210, Gossip Girl – the list could go on forever.
Erin is more than excited to be a part of the 2016-2017 Waterloo Wildfire NRL team. Growing up playing with the Waterloo Ringette Association – she can’t imagine putting anything other than a Wildfire jersey on!
#10 Erika Kiviaho
Erika has been playing ringette for 19 years and this is her fifth season playing in the NRL. Her major ringette accomplishments include winning a gold medal at Canada Winter Games, and a silver medal at Nationals.
Erika also plays varsity hockey for Wilfrid Laurier University, and she works with different teams on development skills and power skating. Before a big game, Erika eats a good meal a few hours before, snacks, and listens to music. Her favorite music includes The Weekend, Fetty Wap, and her favorite movie is Sleepover. Her favorite TV show is The O.C.
What is the most important thing you have learned from a coach? Teamwork in Ringette beats individual skill every time.
What is the most important thing you have learned from a teammate? Communication. It is much easier to make a pass if your teammate lets you know where they are on the ice or they are headed.
#17 Amy Burke
Amy has been playing ringette for 12 years and this is her third season playing in the NRL. She played the previous two years as an RAP.
Her major accomplishments include winning a gold medal at Eastern Canadian Championships 2013, gold medal at Ontario Provincial Championship (Team Ontario U19AA) in 2016, and a silver medal at Canadian National Championships in (U19AA) 2016.
When not playing ringette, Amy is at the University of Waterloo in her second year of the Kinesiology program, plays field hockey, volleyball and track & field and works part time. When preparing for a big game, Amy tries to eat well, listens to music and stays focused on the game at hand. Her inspirational quote is “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. Amy enjoys all music. Her favorite movie is Divergent and her favorite TV program is Grey’s Anatomy. Amy is a twin – her twin sister Tara is also a member of the Waterloo Wildfire NRL team.
#18 Christiane Varty
After playing ringette for 16 years in Calgary, Christianne was excited to be drafted to the Waterloo Wildfire for the 2016-2017 season. She brings five years of National Ringette League experience from the Calgary RATH, where she won an NRL Championship in 2013. As well, Christianne has represented Canada three times in international competition, playing for Canada West in 2009 at the Junior World Ringette Championship and for Team Canada at the 2013 and 2015 World Ringette Championships. She moved to Waterloo for graduate school in Fall 2016 and has enjoyed living in a new city (although it’s much cloudier than Calgary, it is warmer!). She has also enjoyed the opportunity to play for the Wildfire and has appreciated being able to get to know and play with the dedicated group of athletes on the Waterloo team. She’s looking forward to the rest of the season and is hoping to face her former team at the NRL Championship in Leduc in April!
#23 Kelsey Youldon
Kelsey has been playing ringette for 20 years and this is her sixth season playing in the NRL. Kelsey’s major accomplishments in ringette include being on Senior Team Canada 2014 and 2016, Team Ontario, Canada Winter Games Gold Medalist 2011, and Team Canada East 2009.
When she isn’t playing ringette, she is probably relaxing, working out or sleeping. She also enjoys hanging with friends, going shopping or grabbing a coffee. She loves going for hikes and exploring.
Before a big game, Kelsey tries to eat a routine meal – something she knows her body responds well to (example oatmeal or rice cakes with peanut butter). She likes to hang out with her teammates, listen to music, warm up, and get pumped up as a team.
Her favorite quote is “Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable” – Mary Oliver.
Kelsey’s loves country music including Lee Brice, Jason Aldean, and Dierks Bently. Her favorite movies are Taken, and The Replacements, and her favorite TV shows are Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder.