Team Canada selection camp to be held in Kitchener from January 1-4

Ottawa, Ontario – December 29, 2009 – Thirty-four of Canada’s top ringette athletes will be in Kitchener, Ontario this coming weekend (January 1-4) to participate in Ringette Canada’s final Team Canada selection camp. The athletes will be working hard to impress the coaching staff and hopefully nab a spot on the senior national team that will be announced prior to a training camp being held in May 2010. Team Canada will compete at the world ringette championship in Finland in November 2010 and will be looking to avenge the 5-4 overtime loss they faced to Finland at the last world ringette championship, which was held in Ottawa, Ontario in November 2007.

Throughout the weekend, the public will have the opportunity to watch the top ringette athletes in action, as three inter-squad games will take place at the Kinsmen Arena (400 East Avenue, Kitchener, ON). The games will take place at 6 pm on Saturday, January 2nd, 11:00 am on January 3rd, and 9:30 am on January 4th.

The following is a list of athletes who will be attending the selection camp:

British Columbia
Jill Lange (Vancouver, BC)
Melanie Thomas (West Vancouver, BC)

Alberta
Barb Bautista (Edmonton, AB)
Keely Brown (Edmonton, AB) – * Kitchener, Ontario native
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 (Pickering, ON)
Katie Lugg (Ottawa, ON)
Christina Mascherin (Mississauga, ON)
Stefanie McArdle (Ottawa, ON)
Jenna McBride (Ottawa, ON)
Meghan Pittaway (Cambridge, ON)
Jennifer Wakefield (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 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.

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
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