July 12, 2011 – Ottawa, Ontario – The National Ringette League (NRL) is pleased to announce that Shelley Derewianka has been appointed as the league’s Western Conference governor. League governors work with the conference commissioner to develop schedules and conference guidelines, set conference fees and operational rules.
“I am very pleased that Shelley will be taking on the role of governor in the Western Conference,” commented Jim Feasby, NRL Western Conference Commissioner. “We are fortunate to have added someone to our NRL leadership group with a wealth of elite ringette playing experience. Shelley can offer a player’s perspective and draw on her experience from the early years of the NRL.”
Derewianka is no stranger to ringette. She was introduced to the sport in 1983 when she started playing at the age of eight. She had only been playing for five years when she was picked up by a team in Calgary to play at nationals, winning gold. She continued to play ringette for 25 years, competing in 13 national championships and winning five gold medals. She also made four appearances on Team Canada, winning gold in 1992 and 1996. Shelley also spent a year playing ringette in Hyvinnka, Finland where her team captured the national championship title. This past June, she was inducted into the Ringette Canada Hall of Fame for her contributions to the sport.
“I am happy to be a part of the National Ringette League,” said Derewianka. “This is a very different role for me and I am looking forward to continuing giving back to the sport. Being the Western governor for the NRL is the start of my administrative role in ringette and I hope to assist Jim with the running of the Western Conference of the NRL.”
About the National Ringette League
The National Ringette League (NRL) is the showcase league for ringette in Canada and strives to be the premiere women’s sports league in the country. The league has 19 teams participating in two conferences – a Western Conference with six teams and an Eastern Conference with 13 teams. The objectives of the NRL are to move ringette into the mainstream of Canadian sports activity, encourage greater public awareness of ringette, create more and better competitive opportunities for athletes, and achieve positive financial results at both a league and team level. For more information on the NRL, including schedules, team rosters and athlete profiles, please visit our website at www.nationalringetteleague.ca.
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