Hundreds of volunteer hours go into hosting a sports tourney, and the Newmarket and District Ringette Association’s 12th annual Ignite the Ice was no different.
The Feb. 15 to 17 tourney held at the Magna Centre is the local organization’s largest annual fundraiser and this year’s event set the stage for a successful 2019. About 620 players from 47 teams across Ontario descended on Newmarket to play in the 85-game tourney.
The Newmarket Rays’ teams hit the ice and battled their way to the following final placings, including the U8 team, for which the score isn't kept:
- U19B - 4th place
- U16B - 3rd place
- U14B - 4th place
- U12PP - 6th place
- U12B - 4th place
“We hear often from our guests that they enjoy coming to Newmarket because everyone is so friendly, they love our Magna Center, and the tournament runs smoothly,” volunteer Alanna Jarvis wrote on the association’s blog. “As this tournament is our association's major annual fundraiser, the more teams we host, the more funds we have to support extra ice time and instructors to improve our game.”
The Newmarket and District Ringette Association is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit group co-founded in 1995 by Charles Middleton and Sheri Lee. The association serves players aged four to 70 in Newmarket, Aurora, East Gwillimbury and Bradford West-Gwillimbury.
The Newmarket and District Ringette Association will host two free Come Try Ringette learn to play events for the community.
The first free session will be held Saturday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the East Gwillimbury Sports Complex, 1914 B Mount Albert Rd. in Sharon, and on Sunday, April 14 at 11 a.m. at the Magna Centre, 800 Mulock Dr. in Newmarket.For more information on the Newmarket Rays, visit here.