Earlier this month, the Chilliwack Ringette Association teamed with ISPARC (Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council), Skwah First Nation, and Ringette B.C. to introduce ringette to local Indigenous youth.
Three ‘Come Try Ringette’ camps were held at the Sardis Sports Complex, with 15 youth experiencing the sport on ice for the first time. Volunteers, youth helpers and coaches from the Chilliwack Ringette Association worked with instructors from Ringette B.C. to help the new players learn the game.
Chilliwack Ringette is hoping to continue the program through the remainder of the season, and is looking for young adult sized equipment to lend to the participants who are between the ages of 10 and 16. Chilliwack Ringette is searching for good quality adult-sized CSA approved helmets and ringette facemasks, adult ringette sticks, gloves, shin pads, hockey pants, and jerseys. Cash donations are also welcomed.
“This program for Indigenous youth introduces new participants to ringette and helps build healthy and active communities through sport and recreational opportunities,” said Chilliwack Ringette president Shannon Bettles. “Chilliwack Ringette is a young association looking to increase participation. We welcome new athletes to enjoy the sport we love.”