Catriona Le May Doan to headline opening ceremony of World Ringette Championships
Mississauga, Ontario - November 20, 2017 - The Mississauga Ringette Association is pleased to announce that Canadian sports icon, Catriona Le May Doan, will be speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2017 World Ringette Championships on Monday, November 27. The ceremony is free and open to the public and will take place at 7pm at Celebration Square in Mississauga (300 City Centre Drive). There will be an opportunity for media to speak with Catriona just before the ceremony at 6pm.
The 2017 World Ringette Championships will see seven national teams competing for world titles. Junior national teams from Canada and Finland will compete in a best of three Junior Pool; senior national teams from Canada and Finland will compete in a best of three Sam Jacks Pool; and national teams from Czech Republic, Sweden and the United States will compete in a round-robin President’s Pool. Finland’s senior team and Canada’s junior team currently hold the world titles that were captured at the last World Ringette Championships in Helsinki, Finland. The event, which is held every two years, runs from November 27 to December 3 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga (5500 Rose Cherry Place).
Catriona Le May Doan is a three-time Olympic medalist and five-time world champion, who is known as the ‘fastest woman on ice’. She is the first Canadian individual, and only Canadian female, to defend a gold medal at any Olympic games. She is also an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Gemini award winner for Best Sports Analysts for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. In her spare time, she coaches her daughter’s ringette team.
Ringette was developed over 50 years ago by Sam Jacks in North Bay, Ontario. It’s only fitting that it comes home during Canada’s 150 birthday. Tournament chair and president of Mississauga Ringette Association, Abby Salb, promises diehard fans, as well as curious first timers that they will be treated to an exciting end-to-end fast-paced spectacle at this event.
Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. There are currently over 30,000 players on nearly 2,000 teams across Canada, with over 1,500 officials and nearly 8000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in more than a half a dozen other countries around the world. Ringette has been designated a Heritage Sport by Sport Canada and as part of the Sport for Life movement, ringette is well advanced at adapting Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model. As a proud member of True Sport, Ringette Canada is committed to sport that is values-based and principle-driven. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada Web site at www.ringette.ca.
For more information and to confirm your attendance to speak to Catriona LeMay Doan at the pre-ceremony media event, please contact:
Director of Marketing and Promotion
2017 World Ringette Championships
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National Ringette League | Ligue Nationale de Ringuette
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