With all three coaches from Team Toba’s gold-medal-winning ringette team at the 2015 Canada Winter Games back behind the bench for these Games, the ringette squad is in very capable hands.
We sat down with head coach Rob Walker and assistant coaches Andrea Ferguson and Ashley Lutz and asked them about their goals and expectations for these Games.
Q: What is your expectation for the ringette team for these Games?
A: Our expectation is to play to the potential we know this team can play - which will translate into results.
Q: As returning coaches, how has this experience differed so far from your last? Did you do anything differently this time?
A: We haven’t done a lot different. We’ve mirrored the program to the 2015 team. This however, is a different group of players and a different dynamic so we need to cater to the needs of this group.
Q: How does this team differ from the 2015 Canada Games ringette team?
A: This is a different group of players with different needs, however the ultimate goal remains the same!
Q: What are you looking forward to at these Games?
A: We are looking forward to watching and guiding the team to achieve their goals and watching the athletes live out their dreams.
Both assistant coaches participated in Canada Winter Games, Ferguson in 1999 and Lutz in 2003, and both teams brought home the silver medal in their respective tournaments.
Team Manitoba ringette hits the ice today at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. before being seeded into playoffs.