Featured Team –February
This month, Ringette Ontario would like to recognize an extraordinary team for our February ‘Team of the Month’ feature: The Upper Ottawa Valley U16A Team!
“We Will STAY FOCUSED and PUT IN EFFORT EVERY SHIFT! That has been the team motto since the beginning of the season for this small town U16A UOV team. Being a small association, they could only find enough players to fill the roster with 11 skaters and 1 goalie. Some girls on the team are playing at the competitive level for the very first time! With the help of the amazing coaching staff and the focus and effort of each individual player, these girls have become quite a team. With a short bench, the girls have all had to work very hard for their successes this season. Finding ice time can be challenging in the small town of Renfrew, Ontario. The girls only get ice time once a week and then try to pick up extra ice whenever they can.
Once a week the team meets for dryland training at the nearby high school where they engage in chalk talk and work on mental and physical preparedness for the games. This team has just finished their 4th tournament and at each tournament they have been faced with various illnesses and injuries. At 3 out of 4 tournaments they have welcomed call-up players from other associations across the province whom they have never met or played with before. Parents and coaches would agree that they have seen this team of girls grow and develop over the season and their hard work and dedication is paying off.
In the Mississauga Tournament they had 3 wins and a 1 tie in round robin play and in the Whitby Tournament they finished with a record of 3 wins and 1 loss. They have secured their place and will compete with the top teams at the ‘A” Provincials and they will continue to play and prepare according to their motto on the road to the Provincials…. FOCUS and EFFORT. I am an experienced ringette mom (8 years with 2 daughters playing ringette) and this was my daughter’s first time wearing the infamous pink Upper Ottawa Valley jersey. She will have to return to her home association next year but the friendships, memories, and skills she has developed will last a lifetime. WE WILL give FOCUS and EFFORT EVERY SHIFT!”
Interested in being featured on Team of the Week? Submit your team below!
HOW TO BE FEATURED
Ringette Ontario has some of the best students, athletes, community volunteers and coaches in the province and we want the world to know it!
Each month we will feature a team that has displayed how they will and have committed to accomplishing goals in different areas of their lives this season (ringette, academics, community involvement, etc). Interested in nominating your team? Fill out the form below and share some of your teams highlights with us.
Ensure your submission includes the following:
- Team Name
- Team picture
- How your team worked towards reaching a goal they set for themselves this season (on the ice, in the classroom/workplace or in your local community) or how they managed to overcame a challenging moment this season.
Review the Team of the Month example to ensure you submit correctly.
Team of the Month submissions will be on a rolling basis and winners will be selected announced on the 30th of each month so be sure to submit your team information on time. This season, teams will be rewarded with awesome gift cards to a local, healthy restaurant in your community.
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