For Jenny and Britney Snowdon, it is a well-known fact that the ringette talent in their family (all four sisters play for the Atlantic Attack) has grabbed the attention of ringette fans in the Atlantic Provinces for years. Jenny took the NRL by storm as a 16 year old in her debut season and Britney is now following in her footsteps. Canada is now taking notice. But, they weren’t satisfied until they took on the world.
In a dominant performance, Jenny and Britney won gold medals with the U21 Team Canada program and by the looks of it, they should get used to wearing the red and white. Jenny had 9 goals and 11 assists for 20 points and landed 20th place in the world tournament scoring race. As the tournament went on, the tougher it became for the opposition to contain Jenny. Britney, who was one of the youngest players representing any country, scored at a torrid pace with 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points. Britney tied for the highest team Canada player statistic with teammate Abby Richardson, which held good for 10th place in the tournament scoring race. The team was undefeated heading into the gold medal game and as a surprise to no one, Jenny and Britney raised the bar even higher. Jenny scored a hat trick and added two assists while Britney scored the go ahead goal late in the game to give Canada a 9-8 lead.
Both of the girls took a chance to reflect on their experience from their holidays spent in Finland before getting ready to help the Atlantic Attack in their upcoming playoff run. “It was such an unreal experience,” says Britney. “Not only did I get to experience this with my sister, but I also got to represent my country and wear the maple leaf on my chest at a pretty young age. One moment when this experience really hit me was when our team stood on the blue line and sang along to our country’s national anthem. It gave me chills. I will never forget this experience, it’s for sure one of my best moments, not only in my ringette career, but in my life”
Older sister Jenny adds, “My experience was unreal! Being able to go to another country and play the game I love and represent my country was a dream come true. I couldn’t imagine living that experience any other way. I’m very proud of myself. I played the way I know I could and succeeded in scoring 3 goals and 2 assists in the final game. All the hard work I put into preparing for the worlds, the passion I felt on the ice, winning the gold medal, it was all a phenomenal feeling. I will never forget the feeling I had when I received the medal. Being selected to the all-star team along with Britney….it couldn’t be any better than that. Finland will be missed!
The golden girls will now switch their focus back on helping their team, the Atlantic Attack, secure playoffs on home ice. The Attack have six games remaining in the regular season and are currently in second place, closely chasing the Montreal Mission. In the remaining important games, it will be decided who plays at home and who must fight for their playoff lives in unfamiliar territory. Go Attack go!