There is a talented team of athletes made up of 14 year-old females in Stittsville for whom we should be very proud – The West Ottawa Wild Ringette U14 AA Fioravanti team.
The game of ringette requires speed, agility, coordination, camaraderie and complete teamwork. All West Ottawa team members display these athletics. Home ice is Stittsville’s Cardelrec Recreation Complex-Goulbourn.
The team is proud to display on their jerseys the logo for True Sport and play in the spirit of the seven principles that True Sport signifies – Go for It; Play Fair; Respect Others; Keep it Fun; Stay Healthy; Include Everyone; and Give Back.
This team put every player’s skills in play to become Team Ontario by winning Gold at the 2019 Provincial Ringette Tournament in North Bay. They went into the tournament with a record of 34-10-4-1 (1 being an OT loss) after playing 49 season games of ringette. There was a three-way tie in the regional standings with Gloucester and Dorchester, but the West Ottawa Wild Ringette were ranked #1.
The team is made up of 8 girls from Stittsville; 2 from Kanata; and the balance coming from Fitzroy Harbour, Dunrobin and Arnprior. They are Coached by Bonnie Fioravanti, Dustin Leskiw, Jamie Barteaux, and Carrie Lindsay. Their Trainer is Jo-Anne Maguire and Derek Couturier is the Manager. The girls have only played together for one season, albeit they have played together on separate teams, but not all together. This is phenomenal considering the talent required just to make it to the tournament. Their winning showed a cohesiveness learned in a very short time – 1 season!
At the provincial championships in North Bay, the team placed third after an undefeated six-game round robin, only to meet the #1 ranked Waterloo Wildfire in the semi finals. West Ottawa won this game 5-2. In an exciting final game West Ottawa Wild were up against their rival, the Gloucester-Cumberland Devils Ringette. The game went into OT with West Ottawa scoring the winner in the 5th minute of OT to become the Provincial Champions! A win so deserved by West Ottawa who played the eight-game tournament with stamina and teamwork!
Huge congrats to a team of fantastic athletes who played by their True Sport principles! This is the first time a West Ottawa team has become a provincial champion.
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