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2017 Western Canadian Ringette Championships

Winnipeg, Manitoba has been chosen to host the 2017 Western Canadian Ringette Championships once again.  This year, the event will take place from March 22 – 25, 2017 at Seven Oaks Arena and Gateway Arena.  This event is an excellent opportunity to showcase the fastest game on ice and the capacity of women in sport.  We feel that it is important to promote this event to encourage more young girls and women to become active in sport and see how it can contribute to a healthy lifestyle and create lifelong memories and relationships.

The Western Canadian Ringette Championships provides teams at the levels of U14AA (14 and under), U16A (16 and under), U19A (19 and under) and 18+A (18 and over) with the opportunity to compete at an elite level in the western region. The winners of the provincial championships in each division represent British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba with a fifth team from Manitoba in each division representing the Host Association.  For the U14AA level, we will be welcoming two teams from each province as well as two “wildcard” teams to make the competition more inclusive at the younger level. In total, there will be 25 teams competing in this event.

 

Ringette History

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.

For ten years play centered in Ontario and Quebec, however the sport quickly spread across Canada and is now played in all ten provinces and the Northwest Territories.

In fact, the sport has become one of Canada's favorite activities for females, with over 50,000 participants including players, coaches, officials and volunteers.  A remarkable growth rate for such a young sport!

Ringette is played internationally in Finland, Sweden, the United States, France, Slovakia, Russia, the Czech Republic, and Abu Dhabi.

 

Ringette in Manitoba

The sport of Ringette was introduced to Manitoba in 1967 in Fort Garry, with the Manitoba Ringette Association being established in 1972.  Currently Manitoba has just under 3000 registered players ranging in ages from 3 to 50.  There are also over 800 bench personnel and 125 officials.   There are many teams and associations across the City of Winnipeg as well as throughout Manitoba. With teams from such areas as Brandon, Portage la Prairie, Grunthal, Steinbach, Lorette, Selkirk, Oakbank, the Interlake, Macdonald, Warren, Stonewall, Ste. Agathe, St. Andrews, and more, it is safe to say that Ringette has become a popular sport among females in Manitoba.

 

 

Host Committee Welcome

 

Minister's Greeting

 

Sport Manitoba Welcome

 

Ringette Manitoba Welcome

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