Ringette pride

U12 Selkirk Stingers player Ellie Tolpa, who wears No. 27, shows off the silver medal her team won at the annual Rings of Steel ringette tournament at the Selkirk Recreation Complex in Selkirk, Man., on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (Brook Jones/Selkirk Journal/Postmedia Network)

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The annual Rings of Steel ringette tournament in Selkirk brought plenty of smiles to hundreds of ringette players.

The five-day tournament put ringette in the spotlight in the City of Selkirk and the RM of St. Andrews as both communities hosted games from Jan. 7 to 12.

Ten-year-old Ellie Tolpa competed as a member of the U12 Selkirk Stingers and earned a silver medal with her teammates and coaches.

“I enjoy having an audience that applause,” Tolpa told The Selkirk Journal.

The Grade 6 student at Ecole Bonaventure said that she is never going to stop playing ringette. She noted that her team is undefeated in league play this season. She said that her team is good at passing the ring and also spearing the ring.

Taylor McKenzie, who plays for the U12 St. James Boom, is the youngest player on her ringette team, but that doesn’t slow her down as she scored a hat trick on Jan. 12.

The 10-year-old said that she does a lot extra skating.
“I practice lots,” she exclaimed.

When asked why she plays ringette she said that ringette is a fun game and that she enjoys playing with a team and scoring goals.

The tournament featured 28 games and teams competed in the following categories: R4U, U10, U12 and U14.