Local ringette player to compete at Alberta Winter Games
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Jan 02, 2014 11:58 am
Since she is only in her first year of playing for the Airdrie U16 Sting ringette team, 14-year-old Breanna McCullough wasn’t expecting to be a part of the Zone 2 squad at the Alberta Winter Games.
However, the Airdrie native will be doing just that from Feb. 6 to 9, when she will compete at the provincial games in Banff and Canmore as the lone Airdrie player on the Zone 2 team.
“I wasn’t expecting to make the team at all, and I was pretty surprised when I found out at the start of December that I made the team,” McCullough said. “It’s going to be a little bit hard at first as I’m the only girl from Airdrie that is on the team, but I’m looking forward to making friends with the other girls on my team.”
McCullough made the Zone 2 team, which consists of players that live in communities outside of Calgary, as a result of her play during a month-long tryout process in November.
“There were about 65 girls, including 10 from Airdrie, that were at the camps, and the cut-down process took place throughout the month,” said Gareth, who is McCullough’s father and one of the coaches on the Sting U16 team.
“I think what made her stand out from everyone else was the effort that she put in. She was one of the youngest girls there, but she never gave up and brought a strong effort every time out, even if she didn’t have the ring on her stick,” he added.
“We had to do a whole bunch of things during the camp, such as skating and passing drills, and then we had our scrimmages,” McCullough said.
“I remember doing really well on the backwards skating drill, but it was such a blur throughout the whole process.”
McCullough, who plays on defence, is anxious to get things going at the Alberta Winter Games and has been gearing up by playing some tight games with her club team, such as a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over Cochrane on Dec. 21, 2013 in Airdrie.
“Having a game like this one where we come back to win is always exciting, but it’s also good for the mental side of things,” she said. “If I keep things strong in my head, I can do really well as a player in the big games.”
“I’m going to try as hard as I can to do well,” Breanna added.