Twelve-year old Lola Quicili wrapped up her seven years as a ringette player by winning a silver medal at the Western Canadian Ringette Championships in Winnipeg last month.
Ringette, by the way, isn’t just hockey for girls.
It did start that ways, says Lola’s mom, Laura.
“It was started about 50 years ago by a guy who wanted his daughter to play hockey, but the option wasn’t available,” she says. “But it is different than hockey. It is fully non-contact, and you have to pass so you can’t do a breakaway like in hockey. It is much more team-oriented than hockey, and so now there are actually boys playing.”
Lola’s team this year was at the highest level for the sport in B.C. She practised once a week, all over the Lower Mainland as far away as Hope and Delta.
“There were a few other players living on the North Shore so we carpooled,” says Laura. “But she will be transitioning into hockey next year because there are way more North Shore teams to play on.”