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2019 CWG Team BC

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Meet the Team

After numerous ringette skill selection camps and speed, agility and conditioning testing the official Ringette CWG Team BC has been selected. The athletes are from all over BC and are committed to traveling to training camps and tournaments through the 2018/19 season. This program will consist of on and off-ice training and Pre-Canada Games competitions throughout Canada leading up to the Games in February 2019. This will be a very challenging program that will require commitment to the program, discipline to the athlete’s body and passion for this sport.

Courtney Bacon

Salmon Arm ~ Forward

My name is Courtney Bacon and I am 17 years old.  I was born in North Vancouver and my family moved to an Alpaca Farm in Salmon Arm when I was 4 years.  I started playing ringette with Shuswap Ringette when I was 5 years old. My ringette highlights include 2 Western Ringette Championships in Regina, SK and Winnipeg, MB, 3 Canadian Ringette Championships in London, ON, Leduc, AB and Winnipeg, MB.  In 2014 I competed in BC Winter Games in Mission, BC.  In 2016 I played ringette in Helsinki, Finland Ringette Festival. I have competed in the following sports – Volleyball, Tennis, Skiing, Soccer and Badminton. In my spare time I like camping, hiking, fishing.

Katherine Carter

Maple Ridge ~ Defense

I’ve been in rinks since before I was even born. My older brother played hockey and my sister played ringette. I grew up in the bleachers of the local rinks and as soon as I was old enough to walk, I had a pair of skates strapped  to my feet. I started playing ringette when I was four, so I’ve been playing for thirteen years. I’ve always craved competition. I love playing on a team and I love having opportunities to play against the best of the best and show them what I’m made of. Just some of the highlights from my ringette career are: competing at BC winter games, representing BC at many ringette nationals over the years, and becoming a more versatile ringette player by learning how to play different positions.

Kristen Hunter

New Westminster ~ Goalie

I have been playing ringette for twelve years and have been a goalie for seven years. I love so many things about ringette but my favourite has to be the intensity and speed and the challenges they bring to the game, especially as a goaltender. Another one of my favourite things about ringette is how much passion and love everyone has for the sport on and off ice. I am very excited to play on Team BC for the Canada Winter Games, not only for the experience but to challenge myself to be the best player I can. Outside of ringette I am working towards getting my Bachelor’s of Science Degree at Simon Fraser University.

Amanda Mott

Delta ~ Defense

My names Amanda Mott and I love ringette! I started playing when I was 5 years old, fell in love with the sport and have continued to play ever since. I’m a competitive person and I’m always wanting to improve myself which is why I tried out for the LMRL AA team as soon as I was old enough and have continued playing with this program. Playing on the BC Canada Winter Games is a huge accomplishment for me. I plan on growing and improving myself more and to one day be good enough to play for Team Canada. Some of my ringette career highlights would be attending Nationals for 4 years and playing against the best as well as being team B.C at westerns in 2017 and being awarded the defensive position on the all star team! Outside of the rink I love to go hiking and am in the process of receiving my kinesiology degree.

Ashley Robb

Coquitlam ~ Forward

My name is Ashley Robb and I have been playing ringette for the past eleven years. Ringette has helped me become the person that I am.  It has taught me to always try my best, to be someone that others can depend on, and to play as part of a team rather than just as an individual.  I have attended Western Canadian Ringette Championships in 2015 and 2016, and Canadian Ringette Championships in 2017 and 2018. I also attended BC Winter Games in 2016.  Some individual ringette career highlights for me have been scoring the overtime goal in my team’s game against Team Alberta in 2017 at Nationals, and the overtime goal for provincials in 2015.   Team highlights include winning Silver at Westerns in 2015 and Silver at BC Winter Games in 2016.  I have also been honoured to be named as captain on my teams for the last three years, including at BC Winter Games.  When I am not playing ringette, I ref and coach younger players, hoping to inspire them and provide some guidance in my favourite sport.

Abygayle Williamson

Vernon ~ Forward

I have been an athlete for as long as I can remember.  At any given time, I have always been playing some sport.  I first started in ringette and soccer at age 4 and then Fastball at around age 12.  In school I have participated in volleyball and basketball from grade 4 on.  Ringette has been the one sport that has kept me engaged, focused and happy. This will be by fourteenth year in ringette and I have been playing at a AA level since 2013.  I made the 2016 BC Winter Games Team where I was named Assistant Captain. My team represented our Zone and won Gold.  I have also won several awards in Volleyball and Basketball including Most Versatile Player and the Heart and Soul Award.  I also tried out and made the 2016 BC Summer Games for Fastball.  Ringette has alwaysbeen my center and I have worked hard to make the AA teams which has allowed me to attend Westerns in Winnipeg, MB in 2014 and Nationals in London, ON (2016), Leduc, AB (2017) and Winnipeg, MB (2018).  Making this team has been an honour and a privilege.  I am not sure where I will be going or what I will be doing after graduation but right now I am focused and working hard to get into top shape to represent BC with my team at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, AB.

Fiona Briner

Langley ~ Forward

Hi my name is Fiona Briner. I have been playing ringette for 12 years. This year I am lucky enough to be apart of the AA program for my 6th year and also have the chance to play in the CWG program. Some highlights I’ve had over the years would be placing second in the Western Canadian ringette Championships and traveling all across Canada to play the sport I love. A goal I have in ringette would be winning a national title at the CRC’s and now at the Canada Winter Games. I also have a goal to grow the sport of ringette all across British Columbia. I plan on playing ringette for as long as possible and eventually coach when I am older. One day I hope to play for the BC Thunder. Outside of ringette I am going into my last year of high school, I plan on pursuing a degree related to sports medicine or nursing.

Sidney Crowe

Maple Ridge ~ Center

My name is Sidney Crowe. I’ve played ringette since I was 5 years old and AA since 12 years old. I love the sport because it challenges me both mentally and physically. In 2015 I played for team BC, received a silver medal and was chosen to be on the U14 all-star team at the western Canadian ringette championships. In 2017 I played for team BC and was chosen to be on the U16 all-star team at the national ringette championships. My main goal in ringette is to be apart of team Canada and go to worlds representing my country in the sport that I love.  I also enjoy coaching ringette and helping girls develop the same love for the sport that I have. Outside of ringette I enjoy boxing with a couple of my ringette friends.

Brooklyn Keller

Kelowna ~ Defense

My name is Brooklyn Keller and I was born 18 years ago in trail BC.  When I was five-years-old I moved to Kelowna with my mom, dad and little brother Sam. From a young age I was quite a shy introverted kid. I really struggled to make friends and feel comfortable around my peers. Realizing that I was quite shy, my parents decided to put me into sports to help bring me out of my shell.  I started off with Tae Kwon Do, which helped me build an incredible work ethic, taught me discipline and showed me that hard work pays off.  When I was 10 years of age I started playing soccer and ringette which gave me the courage to be part of a team and work well with others.   Ringette is what I have been most passionate about for most of my athletic career and is what made me who I am today. Ringette has brought out my competitive nature and the drive to never give up. It has taught me my best leadership skills not only in sport but in my life as well. Today I am an accomplished AA player who has competed in almost every Province in Canada and was very fortunate to have the opportunity to play in the Lions Cup in Finland during the during the World Ringette Championships.

Emma Paradis

Langley ~ Forward

Ringette has always been a huge part of my life, I’ve been active in the sport since I was 5 years old. Over the course of the years I’ve had the chance to represent Bc while playing in the Lions Cup Tournament in Helsinki, Finland and also to played in multiple provincial championship in BC; winning in 2014 at the U19A level. Following, I was invited to play in the Westerns Ringette Championship in 2016, 2017 and 2018. During my times at westerns we brought home gold in 2016 in Richmond and in Saskatoon in 2018. In Saskatoon I also receive the all star award and was top point leader for the tournament at the U19A age division. I was always active in sports in high school and the community whether it was basketball, ringette, lacrosse, rugby or softball but ringette was always the sport that I had the most passion for.

Hailey Takasaki

Richmond ~ Center

I have been playing Ringette for 15 years. Some of my Ringette career highlights would include being selected for the all-star team at the Western Canadian Ringette Championships in 2015 and winning gold at the Western Ringette Championships in 2015 and 2018. When I am not playing Ringette, you can find me teaching children how to skate and attending school at Langara College. My goal for the games would be to represent BC and play to my best ability by using determination, teamwork, and passion. The goal of my team is to win gold at the Canada Winter Games 2019.

Hannah Woodman

Langley ~ Defense

I love ringette for so many different reasons. I love its pace, intensity, competitiveness, and its use of teamwork. I have been playing ringette for 14 years and love it more and more every moment. Growing up being part of such a great sport contributed to the person I am today; it taught and is still teaching me so many things about the world and myself. This year with the CWG program, I am excited to push myself as an athlete as well as a leader to improve every chance that I get, and to face the variety of different challenges that are to come. Outside of ringette, I attend school at the University of British Columbia studying sciences, as well as work within my community. I have worked in recreation for 5 years and this summer I worked for Ringette BC as the Community Sport Outreach Coordinator being an ambassador for ringette and promoting the sport across BC. Teaching the sport that has effected me so positively is a huge part of my life and is what makes my work so enjoyable. In the future, I am looking forward to continuing in the things that I am passionate about and pursuing what makes me happy.

Alyssa Carter

Coldstream ~ Forward

My name is Aly Carter, I am 17 years old and I play forward for Team BC. I have played ringette for 12 years and have played for the TORL AA team for 5 years. This year I will be participating in the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta. I am a multi sport athlete and have participated at the provincial level for various sports besides ringette, including hockey, fastball, basketball, volleyball and track and field. I am looking forward to my grade 12 year of highschool and being apart of the 2019 Canada Winter Games!

Kiana Heska

Surrey ~ Goalie

 I started to play ringette when I was 7 years old, I quickly fell in love with the sport. I started my ringette career as a forward, but every time my coach asked someone to play as our goalie I often put up my hand, much to my parents dismay, this is where my desire to be a goalie began.  I have tried many sports throughout the years such as soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, even hockey for a few years. This gave me the opportunity to participate in 4 BC Provincial Championships.  Throughout all of this I quickly came to realize that my heart was in the game of ringette and I am happy that I made the return.  I love ringette because it is a unique sport with a great sense of community.  This season is my 4th year playing at the AA level, attending Westerns twice and Nationals once, as well as Participating in the 2014 BC Winter Games finishing with a Bronze Medal.  Outside of ringette my hobbies are training dogs in Agility, teaching kids skating, refing hockey, walking on the beach and having campfires. I am also attending  Douglas College with the intention to pursue a career in either teaching or counselling.  “I don’t fear stopping a 100 mph slap shot.  I fear not stopping it.”  (Roberto Luongo)

Kailey Magrath

North Vancouver ~ Defense

For the past 11 years I’ve played numerous sports, but ringette has been my greatest passion. Starting at 6 years old with my home association of North Vancouver all the way to Team BC, I have never doubted my commitment to this sport. One of the highlights from my ringette career was at the 2018 Canadian National Championships. My team won the overall skills competition, and I won both the fastest skater and agility awards. I am proud to have earned a spot to represent BC at the 2019 Canada Winter Games. My goal of this experience is to do whatever it takes to compete at the highest level and ensure the success of my team. I also enjoy inspiring other people to get involved with ringette. In North Vancouver I help coach in the U12 and U14 divisions. Out of province, I work as a counsellor at a ringette camp in Ontario to spread my love of this sport and encourage others to join! I wish for the sport to grow, not only in BC, but all across Canada, and I’ll do everything to be a part of its development!

Alyssa Racine

Coldstream ~ Defense

My name is Alyssa Racine, I am 18 years old.  I play defence for Team BC and will be participating in the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta.  I have been playing Ringette for 14 years. I recently graduated as a bilingual, honour roll student.   I enjoy being involved in my community and have coached a U11 Vernon Minor  Baseball team for the past 2 years.  I am a multi sport athlete and participate on numerous high school and community sports teams.  I will be attending the University of British Columbia Okanagan in the Human Kinetics program starting in the fall of 2018 with a goal to become an Occupational Therapist.

Brooke Valancius

New Westminster ~ Forward

My name is Brooke Valancius. I have been playing ringette for 12 years. I am currently in my last year of AA. I have been a part of the program since U14, I think my favourite part about AA was being able to travel across Canada, especially for nationals. I am a skating instructor at my local arena teaching kids how to skate and throwing in a good mention about ringette to them 😉 I just graduated grade 12 and I am taking a year off to work, play ringette and figure out what I want to do. I plan on continuing with the sport for as long as possible, maybe play for BC thunder, NRL with my sister but it all depends on my post secondary and work. I have always been drawn to the creative arts field. In high school I took classes such as drama and creative writing, which I very much enjoyed. I got the opportunity to write scripts and perform in front of my entire school as well as younger kids. I hope to find something through this field. Ringette has been such a big part of my life, it’s the reason I have one to be honest, so to be playing in the Canada Winter Games for something I love is unbelievable.

Katie Young

Quesnel ~ Center

Sports have always been a large part of my life. I have been playing ringette since the age of 5, meaning that 14 years of my life have been dedicated to the sport. I am from Quesnel, a small town in Northern B.C. Growing up in this small town made it difficult for me to play the high-level sports that I wished to play, as there were not many players in my age group to form a team. This caused me to have to play in an older age group, and then eventually having to play in other cities, some being more than a 6-hour drive away. I have travelled to many ringette tournaments across Canada, including Canadian National Championships, and Western Canadian Championships. The biggest highlights of my ringette career would be winning provincials in 2014, and 2015, and becoming a member of Team B.C. for the Canada Winter Games. I am currently going into my second year of Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. My career goal is to be a Physiotherapist, as I would love to be of help to the sporting world, and guide injured athletes to recovery so they can play to their full potential.

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