Local Ringette Athlete Makes it to Big Leagues

Halifax, NS – (September 14, 2009) Halifax native Kerith Gordon, drafted by the Waterloo Wildfire of the Nation Ringette League (NRL) earlier this year, has made the team. 

With their sights set on a return to the National Ringette League Championships next April in Saskatoon, the Waterloo Wildfire have completed their 2009-10 tryouts at RIM Park in Waterloo, their new home base for the coming season.

The Wildfire play in the four-team Southern Ontario Division of the NRL’s 12-team Eastern Conference. Cambridge, Richmond Hill and Whitby round out the division. There are six teams in the league’s Western Conference, for a total of 18.

Kerith will join many of the veterans from last year’s NRL Championship’s in Charlottetown.  “Since the National Ringette League was started I dreamed of someday  being part of the action, “ said Kerith “Now that the dream has come true I’m thrilled!  I have been so lucky to have had such a rewarding ringette career with Halifax Chebucto, and am looking forward to this new experience with the Waterloo Wildfire.”

According to the Wildfire website, General manager Gerry Kraemer says “It will be a tough task to make it to Saskatoon  — the whole division is stronger than it was last year, so we’ll have our work cut out for us”

“This it great for Ringette in Nova Scotia”, said Tom McLean, President of Ringette Nova Scotia.  “It shows our developing athletes that there are opportunities to play the sport at a competitive level beyond the U19 national championships.  I know many of our young athletes look up to Keirth”

Ringette Nova Scotia is a provincial sport organization with over 1000 members across Nova Scotia.  Ringette is a Canadian game that was first introduced in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario.  Developed originally for girls, Ringette is a fast-paced team sport on ice in which players use a straight stick to pass, carry and shoot a rubber ring to score goals.

More information on the sport and how to become involved can be obtained from the Ringette Nova Scotia website at http://www.ringette.ns.ca

For more information, contact:
Janet Martin, Executive Director
Ringette Nova Scotia
Telephone: 425-5450 ext 335
Email:  ringette@sportnovascotia.ca