Ringette Canada announces Team Canada squad

Ottawa, Ontario – January 7, 2010 – Ringette Canada today announced the 31 athletes who have been named to its senior national Team Canada squad. The announcement comes after the conclusion of a Team Canada selection camp that was held in Kitchener, Ontario this past weekend (January 1-4).

The 31 members of the Team Canada squad will continue training for participation in the upcoming 2010 World ringette championship being held in Tampere, Finland from October 31 to November 6, 2010. The playing roster, which will include 22 athletes, will be announced after a training camp being held in May. The team will also participate in training camps in August and September, prior to centralizing in Finland in November. Locations and details regarding the camps are still being finalized.

The 31 athletes chosen as members of the Team Canada squad include:

British Columbia
Jennifer Wakefield (Langley, BC)

Alberta
Barb Bautista (Edmonton, AB)
Keely Brown (Edmonton, AB)
Allison Cronin (Calgary, AB)
Kailee Dundas (Hussar, AB)
Jennifer Hartley (Balzac, AB)
Jackie Ho (Calgary, AB)
Abbey Hoes (Calgary, AB)
Bobbi Mattson (Calgary, AB)
Stacey McNichol (Calgary, AB)
Ashley Peters (Cardiff Echoes, AB)
Dallas Robbins (Calgary, AB)
Victoria Russell (Calgary, AB)

Saskatchewan
Erin Cumpstone (Saskatoon, SK)

Manitoba
Lindsay Burns (Starbuck, MB)
Andrea Ferguson (Winnipeg, MB)
Sheena MacDonald (Stonewall, MB)

Ontario
Vanessa Cowlen (Cambridge, ON)
Jacqueline Gaudet (Cambridge, ON)
Colleen Hagan (Manotick, ON)
Beth Hurren (Bowmanville, ON)
Katie Lugg (Ottawa, ON)
Christina Mascherin (Mississauga, ON)
Jenna McBride (Ottawa, ON)
Meghan Pittaway (Cambridge, ON)

Quebec
Julie Blanchette (Montreal, QC)
Jessica Pepper (Laval, QC)
Julie Primard (St-Constant, QC)
Stéphanie Séguin (Saint-Laurent, QC)

New Brunswick
Josée Doiron (Moncton, NB)

Nova Scotia
Kerith Gordon (Halifax, NS)

The three athletes who were released at the camp in Kitchener were: Jill Lange (Vancouver, BC), Melanie Thomas (West Vancouver, BC) and Stefanie McArdle (Ottawa, ON).

The Team Canada coaching staff consists of Toronto’s Lyndsay Wheelans as head coach, J. Jenson (Calgary, AB) and Julie Smith (Pointe-Claire, QC) as assistant coaches, and Tracey Tulloch (Bedford, NS) as team leader/manager.

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 27,000 players on nearly 2,000 teams across Canada with over 2,400 officials and 5,000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in 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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For more information or to set up an interview, please contact:

Alayne Martell
Media and Public Relations | Relations de presse et publiques
Ringette Canada | Ringuette Canada
Phone | Téléphone : (902) 839-2532
Cell : (902) 308-1067
alayne@ringette.ca
@: www.ringette.ca
@: www.nationalringetteleague.ca

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