“It was the best thing ever when I first found out I made Team NB. I was smiling for days,” says Abigail Winters, as she recaps one of her most memorable moments.
Winters has been playing ringette for the past 11 years. Throughout her career, she has accomplished many things she is proud of. However, the one that stands beyond the rest is her spot on Team New-Brunswick.
Her love for the sport grew as she played for multiple teams. “It is such an amazing sport that brings incredible athletes with such great sportsmanship together, I could not imagine growing up playing another sport,” Winters states.
Winters first began her ringette career on a house league team. She quickly learned how to maneuver her stick and get around her opponents. Winters moved up the ladder and started playing competitive ringette with the Stingers.
Abigail says, “I would hear about how fun the team was and I liked that I would be representing my province.” At only the age of 10, this is what motivated her to try out for Team NB Ringette. Little did she know she would be representing her province for the next eight years.
Teammate, Britney Snowdon, comments, “She is always so positive and is such a great teammate. She tries her best every single game and practice. She is always making everyone smile and laugh, she is an awesome fore checker and never gives up. I love having her as a friends and a teammate.”
Her years with Team NB consisted of many tournaments. The team was fortunate enough to go to nationals twice. “It is an unbelievable feeling going to a national tournament representing my province. It is truly amazing feeling proud of the jersey you are wearing, practicing all year as hard as you can, and putting your all out on the ice. Hearing the chant ‘let’s go NB, let’s go’ over and over again in your head is one of the best things I have experienced.”
Winters’ teammate, Katie Beers, adds, “I enjoy having Abby play for Team NB with me. She has positively impacted our team. She was a friend on the ice, but she was one off the ice, too. It was very comforting having Abby join us this year as she is always been very dedicated and hard working. Her dedication rubbed off on the rest of us as she has always been a team leader. Abby was an older sister to me and someone to look up to. Not only can I speak for myself, but my team as well, when I say it was a privilege having Abby play for us this year.”
Winters’ years with Team NB Ringette came to end this past season. “Our team worked great together and everyone makes each other look good. We worked hard as a team,” Abigail adds. The 17 year-old athlete has the chance of playing for the Canada Winter Ringette Games (CWG) next season. However, she would have to dedicate many hours on the ice throughout university.