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Northern ringette players embrace Terrace tourney

Tourney the first of its kind in the north since 2019
Young players from Houston, Prince George and Terrace learning the fundamentals of ringette made up a portion of the 225 players who gathered in Terrace for a tournament Oct. 21 to Oct. 23. (Photo courtesy Dinah Qualizza)

Local ringette players are looking forward to a Nov. 11-13 regional tournament in Prince George after 225 northern B.C. athletes came together in Terrace from Oct. 21—Oct. 23.

The Terrace Ringette Association is now the largest of its kind in northern B.C., which organizer Raeanne Vandenbroek attributes to their work promoting the sport with the help of volunteers.

“Terrace Ringette is growing fast and we are loving the way this sport is becoming as popular as it once was a number of years ago. This ice breaker tournament is the first in the league,” Vandenbroek said of the local gathering marking the start of the season.

“After three long years of our tournament being cancelled, we brought it back better than ever. We had people travel from Quesnel, Prince George and Houston to compete at all different age groups.

“It was so nice to see kids smiling and having the best time playing a game they absolutely love.”

Similar to hockey, ringette is played on ice and players wear skates, but it is a non-contact sport.

Players use a stick to propel, carry, pass or shoot a six-inch hollow rubber ring and a shot clock of 30 seconds is intended to keep a fast pace.
Jana Da Silva, Charlotte Johnson and Bella Macedo were happy participants in a regional ringette tournament held in Terrace Oct. 21 - Oct. 23. The three are in a group being taught the fundamentals of the past-paced and on-ice sport. (Photo courtesy Dinah Qualizza)