The Waterloo Wildfire are proud of their three 2015-16 rookies. Here is a close up look at each of them:
#8, Jill Schouppe, Forward – Heidelberg, ON
Jill has been playing ringette for 14 years and this is her first full season in the NRL having been a Wildfire AP last season. She has been to Nationals once, played twice on the United AAA team and won a silver medal and 2 bronze at AA Provincials.
When not playing ringette, Jill is a nursing student in the McMaster University BScN program.
When preparing for a big game (every game in the NRL is a big game), Jill listens to music practices her shooting in her driveway and takes time in the change room to visualize and “get in the zone”.. Her inspirational quote is “Hard work beats talent, if talent doesn’t work hard”.
Jill prefers country or Top 40 music. She doesn’t have a favourite movie and her favourite TV program is Criminal Minds.
When asked about her impressions of her first year in the NRL, she replied: “I’ve always wanted to play in the NRL. It’s an amazing experience to be playing my favourite sport at the highest level possible. The Wildfire team is a great group of girls and they’ve made the transition to the NRL easier by being supportive and motivational.”
#10, Carley Heimbecker, Defence – Cambridge, ON
Carley has been playing ringette for 12 years and this is her first season in the NRL. She played on the Southern Region AAA team, winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Ontario Winter Games and on Team Ontario at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, winning a silver medal.
When not playing ringette, Carley is a student at the University of Guelph in the Criminal Justice and Public Policy program.
When preparing for a big game (every game in the NRL is a big game), Carley drinks lots of water and listens to upbeat music. Her inspirational quote is “Once you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful”.
Carley prefers EDM music. Her favourite movie is Hunger Games and her favourite TV program is Heroes.
In a little twist of fate, Carley fell in love with ringette at an Edmonton WAM game. Her grandmother was driving the bus that took the WAM to a game and invited Carley and her younger along sister to watch. She thought the sport was pretty amazing and joined Cambridge Ringette the next season when she was 8 years old.
When asked about her impressions of her first year in the NRL, she replied: "Playing for the Waterloo Wildfire NRL team this season has been a fun experience. It is a different style of play and much faster than playing in Belle AA; however as the season progressed, with the help of my coach and fellow teammates I have been able to adapt. I greatly enjoy playing for the Wildfire as the girls are very friendly and have made me feel very welcome. I look forward to another great year playing in the NRL next year."
#30, Emily Ferguson, Goalie – Waterloo, ON
Emily has been playing ringette for 8 years and this is her 1st season as a roster player with the Wildfire having served as an AP for two years. She has been to Nationals twice, winning the U19 Consolation in 2013 and was a U16 All-star in 2011. She played twice on the Western Region AAA team, winning a Silver medal at Ontario Winter Games 2014, was a six-time medalist at AA Provincials and played on the 2014 U20 Team Ontario.
When not playing ringette, Emily plays field hockey and field lacrosse. She also coaches goalies and ringette teams both in Waterloo and other local associations.
When preparing for a big game (every game in the NRL is a big game), Emily studies the other team and their shooters. She tries to focus on the game and nothing else from the time she gets in her car to go to the arena until she leaves to go home. Her inspirational quote is “Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard”.
Emily prefers any music she can dance or sing to. Her favourite movie is Rudy and her favourite TV program is Duck Dynasty.
When asked about her impressions of her first year in the NRL, she replied: “After being around the Waterloo Wildfire NRL team as an AP and DAP for the last two years, being able to call myself an official roster member was amazing! When I first started playing ringette in grade seven and saw my first NRL game I knew that was where I wanted to be one day. This is because the NRL is home to the best ringette players in the country and I wanted a chance to compete against the best of the best. Being on the Waterloo Wildfire NRL team this year has allowed me to make new friendships, play with some of my oldest friends and teammates, and gave me the chance to travel across the province and country playing the game that I love. “