There was no lack of support shown today (Oct.7) for five Central Alberta athletes, and their road to the World Ringette Championships.
Not everyone gets the chance to represent their country on a national stage, but for Lacombe’s Dailyn and Jamie Bell, Lindsay Vink, Gillian Dreger along with Red Deer’s Breanna Beck, it’s a dream come true.
Lacombe was one of eight communities across the country holding a Road to Worlds Run/Walk fundraiser to help them get there.
Dailyn and Jamie have played for the national team in the past, something their mom Sherry said has made the entire family proud.
“They’ve always had a really strong work ethic and loved the game. They have always been very committed, wiling to go the extra little bit just to make themselves better and personally, they are really driven.”
“They do it for the family that love watching them too. The girls lost their dad last year and he was the biggest ringette fan.”
Road to Worlds Run/Walk isn’t just happening in Lacombe, but all over the country as chair of the event Jackie Lunn explains.
“Between the junior and senior team, there’s 40 athletes participating in the upcoming World Ringette Championships and they are self-funded for the week away. We thought we would do our part in raising a little bit of money to help them out.”
The girls couldn’t make the event because they are in Ontario for training camp, but Lunn said they made sure they were informed on how it was going.
“They’ve bene texting and wondering how it’s going. They were very excited for it and they did a big part in organizing it.”
The World Ringette Championships take place in Mississauga from Nov. 27 to Dec. 3.