Interview with WAM! veteran Dailyn Bell

Dailyn Bell is a veteran of the Edmonton WAM! , a coach for the Central Alberta U19AA’s, and a member of Team Canada. She grew up playing ringette in Lacombe, AB and developed a love for the game ever since she started playing at the age of 6.

According to Bell, she started playing because ‘My two cousins played and when gymnastic and figure skating failed…It was meant to be’.

What is the best piece of advice that you’ve ever received? In ringette, if you are not the hardest working player on the ice you don’t deserve to be there. It is hard to beat that person that just never gives up.

What is some advice for aspiring ringette players? Every time you are on the ice push yourself to be better, be willing to learn from team mates, coaches, role models and always be a good team mate. The person willing to take advantage of every opportunity will come out on top. Stick with this amazing sport; it becomes who you are not what you do.

What are some of your ringette career highlights? Well growing up, definitely Canada Winter Games with Team Alberta, and being a part of the old national format-adding players to your roster or getting added to Team Alberta. Winning and competing in many medal games at Nationals-winning in 2010 and 2011. Playing for Team USA in the developmental program for the 2010 WRC… and recently being selected to compete with Team Canada at the 2013 WRC. But also a huge highlight for me is the amazing friendships I have developed through all these experiences.

What are your thoughts regarding the young age (the average age is 21) of Edmonton WAM! ? I love the young age of the Edmonton Wam!, we have an amazing group of athletes and tons of energy. Means we are willing to grow together year after year.

What do you think is in store for this very young team? I think that this team can do anything we all decide to…together. I am so excited to be a part of it.

How do you think that the league has evolved since you began playing? Unfortunately in the West we have started to take some steps back since I started in the league, lost quite a few Western teams. On a plus, the new rule changes are making the sport a lot faster.

What does it mean to be part of the NRL? Being a part of the NRL is a huge accomplishment. It is the best ringette a ringette player can play, unless selected by the national team. It means that you can compete against and with the best players in the country. The NRL makes the sport, ringette players young and younger are striving to play in this league one day.