Lindsey Vivian joins Wildfire 300+ NRL Games Club

During Waterloo’s 4-game road trip to the Montreal region Feb 21 & 22, Lindsey Vivian played her 300th NRL game (regular season and playoffs) – all with the Wildfire. In a short ceremony prior to the Wildfire’s next home game Feb 28 vs Montreal Mission, GM Shelly Woodley presented Lindsey with a Wildfire 300+ games certificate and several gifts donated by Waterloo businesses. Late last season Tara Gross had been the first Wildfire player to reach this milestone.
Lindsey has had a long and illustrious ringette career:

Personal ringette experiences:
• Lindsey started in hernnies about 22 years ago in the Mitchell Ringette Association
• Played Petite AA for a Huron Perth team, then two years of tween AA, two years of junior AA and my third year of belle AA in Forest; first year of belle AA in Waterloo and second year of belle AA in Kitchener
• Played for the AAA Western Region team and finished with a silver medal at Ontario Winter Games; was named Western Region Offensive Player of the Year of the year
• Played in a World Club Ringette Tournament in Sault St Marie with the Richmond Hill Lightning NRL team
• now near completing her 10th season in the NRL
• Co-captain of the Wildfire in the past and current year
• Won Jackie Lajeunesse scholarship and Agnes Jacks Scholarship
• Earned way to Nationals 7 times (Waterloo (host with Waterloo), Winnipeg (picked up for Team Ontario/Ottawa), Longeuil l (picked up for Team Ontario/Cambridge), Charlottetown (Wildfire), Saskatoon (Wildfire but unable to attend due to work committments), Regina (Wildfire) and now Wood Buffalo (Wildfire)
• Won National Gold the year she played with the Turbos as Team Ontario
• NRL eastern rookie of the year, Canada rookie of the year for NRL 2005-06
• has coached in a smaller capacity in the past but this 2014/2015 season was the first head coach position she has taken on – U16A bumped to U16AA mid-season
o “Coaching is an amazing experience and a great opportunity to share my passion for the sport of ringette with girls eager to learn the game.”
o “I have helped to run camps in the past, have refereed the game, have played for many years and coaching is just an additional way to see the game in a different light.”
o “Passing on my ringette knowledge is very rewarding. There is really nothing better than seeing a player master a skill you helped them to develop!!”

Wilfrid Laurier University:
• Lindsey attended Wilfrid Laurier in the Bachelor of Business Administration program (accounting option) – 4.5 years of undergrad, then went on to pursue her chartered accounting designation
• Participated in the coop option at WLU and did all three terms with Famme & Co Professional Corporation in Stratford, ON.
• Received her official CA designation in 2010
• During university, ringette was her stress relief. “Participating in a demanding program, as far as academic workload, I always looked forward to getting to the rink to get away from assignments and studying.”

Career:
• After completing all three university work terms with Famme & Co Professional Corporation in Stratford she was hired full time in 2010.
• Although there is a struggle with the timing of her busy tax season at work and playoff/NRL Championships as they occur concurrently, Lindsey says,“I try to be at my best for each commitment.”

Diabetes and Ringette:
“Viv, are you winning?” This is a common question to Lindsey in the dressing room by her teammates before a game. ‘Winning’ to her means obtaining a blood glucose level between 6 and 10 mmol/L before heading out onto the ice. At the age of 17 Lindsey was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. At the end of her high school career, she was challenged with learning how to control her blood glucose levels by administrating insulin via needles. Despite her overwhelming fear of needles, this was not her first concern when hearing the news from her doctor. Lindsey remembers the day very well and recalls her first thought after being told she was diabetic, “Will I still be able to play ringette?”

Diabetes is a challenge, no doubt. There are days that I pray for a cure because it can be such a stubborn disease to live with. However, it is something I can manage and it will never hold me back. It means pricking my finger multiple times a day or more on game days to ensure adequate control (ensures I am within my predetermined ranges). It means counting carbohydrates I consume and taking the appropriate measurement of insulin to counteract that food (now through an insulin pump). It means adjusting for an activity, alcohol, stress, etc. It’s something I cannot turn off or just forget about, but I can control it, which gives me a great sense of accomplishment.

Diabetes is a condition that doesn’t need to hold you back and I certainly won’t allow that to happen. There are frustrating times, but I have a great team to help me keep on track. I make it my mission to maintain great diabetic control and reap the benefits of the new advancements with diabetic research. I have complete faith in the medical world that they will find a cure for this disease in my lifetime!