Central Alberta will be well represented on the world stage this fall in the sport of ringette.
There are four athletes from Lacombe and one from Red Deer who will be proudly wearing the Maple Leaf for Ringette Canada’s Senior and Junior National Teams at the World Ringette Championships in Mississauga, Ontario from November 27 to December 3, 2017.
Athletes competing from Lacombe are Dailyn Bell, Jamie Bell, Lindsay Vink (Brown) and Gillian Dreger, along with Red Deer’s Breanna Beck. Dreger is on the Junior Team, and the other four are on the Senior Team.
While it is an honour and a privilege for these athletes to compete for the Maple Leaf at this premier event, limited funding means they must bear most of the costs to attend.
As a way to raise funds for these dedicated competitors, a Road to Worlds Run/Walk will be held this fall at eight locations across Canada, including Lacombe on October 7th. All funds collected will go to the National Team athletes competing at the 2017 World Ringette Championships.
Not only will the event be a great fundraiser, but it is also an opportunity to come together to celebrate being part of the sport of ringette. Organizers hope local ringette associations will encourage all players, their parents, siblings and friends to attend. Coaches can even use it as a team building event. In fact, the team that registers the most participants will be able to meet these national ringette stars as they will run a practice for the winning group!
For the Lacombe Run, registration will take place online through the Running Room website. It’s just $20 to participate, or $35 includes a shirt. Registrations must be in by September 30th. The event features both a 2k and a 5k scenic course, on the new area of the Bill Nielsen trail system in northwest Lacombe.
More information on the National Ringette Team program can be found at www.ringette.ca.
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