Many athletes in many sports often experience a so-called sophomore jinx in their second year with their team. Not so for Wildfire second year forward, Taryn Collins. In fact, at the writing of this story, she is tied (with veteran centre, Bryanna Kelly) for the team lead in goals scored with 21 after 17 games and is presently second on the Wildfire this season in total points with 39.
The 20-year old Fergus, ON native has been playing ringette for 11 years beginning with the Elora-Fergus Ringette Association. This is her second full season in the NRL, having also been an alternate player for the Wildfire in 2 previous seasons. She has been to Nationals twice (once with the Wildfire – in Fort McMurray, AB in April 2015), played twice on the Western Region AAA team, winning a silver medal in 2014 and won a bronze medal at Provincials in U19AA in 2012 with Waterloo, coached, coincidently, by her present Wildfire head coach, David Duncan.
It is also interesting to note that ringette is not Taryn’s only sport. She also excels at lacrosse (not surprising since the town of Fergus has been a hotbed of lacrosse for many years) and has competed in the national championships 5 times, winning gold 3 times and silver twice, all with Team Ontario.
When not playing ringette or lacrosse, Taryn works as a dental assistant in the nearby village of Elora, being a graduate of the dental assistant program at St Clair College in Windsor, ON.
When preparing for a big game (every game in the NRL is a big game), Taryn has a good meal, listens to music and drinks lots of fluids. Her inspirational quote is “When your legs give out, skate with your heart”.
Taryn prefers country music. Her favourite movie is The Notebook and her favourite TV program is One Tree Hill.
When asked how she feels about playing in the NRL, Taryn replied, “It is a really great experience! It let’s me continue to play a sport I love and to play it at the highest level in Canada”.