Every year, Edmonton ringette athletes from U-10 to open come together to show case ringette and raise funds for cancer at the Gayle Shaw Memorial Fun Day. For the last few years, WAM! has been responsible for organizing and running the event.
A bit of history on Gayle Shaw and Fun Day:
The ERC had a longstanding custom of holding a mixer for the teams near the beginning of each season to play mini games with teams blended from all age groups.
In 2005 following the loss of Gayle to cancer, ERC coach Kevin Harrison proposed to add a community fund raising component to the existing Fun Day event in Gayle’s memory. Since 2005 the annual event has raised money for cancer services.
Gayle Shaw 1953-2005
Gayle came from Coaldale, AB and grew up playing all kinds of sports. She later played softball with the Imperial Oil “league” and was a long time curler. She passed on this love of sports to her daughter Caleigh, encouraging her to try many different activities such as softball, soccer, volleyball, etc.
Gayle and John entered their daughter Caleigh in ringette at age 5. Gayle actively supported Caleigh’s teams as we progressed through Bunnies and Novice, became a certified manager, sewed various articles of “team wear” eg hats, scarfs, etc., helping out where ever she could.
Gayle was also active with Edmonton Ringette (EFCLRA), helping develop a skills evaluation program for team formation, similar to the new Ringette Alberta standardized testing.
When their daughter joined the Edmonton Ringette Club Petite AA team, Gayle continued her volunteering, and was deeply involved with all the team and club level activities. To this day John is still finding craft supplies Gayle amassed for the team bus trips to Saskatoon.
Gayle supported ringette because she knew the value of team sports, having played many herself. John believes she valued Ringette because as a female sport, it develops positive life skills and character traits for girls.