The top ringette players of the nation met at the Prince George Coliseum in B.C. last week for the Canada Winter Games.
Lacombian Kensey Lunn, 19, competed with Team Alberta in a quest towards a gold medal in the ringette quarterfinal on Feb. 19th.
Alberta took on Quebec, but with the game going into overtime, the previously undefeated Team Alberta was left with a devastating 4-3 loss.
“The loss in overtime took us out of the running for a medal,” Lunn told the Lacombe Express on Feb. 23rd.
Team Alberta started off fiery winning all of the first four games in the round robin tournament, first leaving Saskatchewan in their wake (6-3) on Feb. 14th.
“The first game was a learning point for us,” she said. “But eventually we got our legs going, kept getting better and really clicking as a team.”
Team Alberta extended their winning streak by smashing Prince Edward Island on Feb. 15th (11-4), defeating Nova Scotia on Feb. 16th (5-1) and finally taking down B.C. on Feb. 17th, (11-3).
It all led down to a boiling point last Thursday, where many thought Team Alberta would have rose easily above Team Quebec, following a clear path through to the semi-finals and finals. But that last loan game cost Team Alberta a chance of a medal.
“It was an unfortunate ending but an awesome experience,” said Lunn.
Although Team Alberta didn’t move forward into the semi-finals, Lunn said the experience of attending the games was second to none.
“It was unbelievable,” she said. “It was so cool to compete alongside other athletes of different sports.”
Lunn and her Alberta teammates had a pretty full slate for ice time but managed to squeeze in some time to watch some high-caliber wheelchair basketball and speedskating.
“It really felt like the Olympics,” she said of the overall experience.
For Lunn, competing in the Canada Winter Games was four years in the making.
From the selection of coaches to being picked to tryout last April and then from there, once the team was formed this past June, attending training camps in the summer and throughout the season, the formation of Team Alberta was a process and Lunn came out on top.
Now in her second year attending Red Deer College, Lunn has been playing with the Edmonton WAM!, the national ringette team for the past season.
Before that, she played with the Central Alberta Sting once she reached U12 and had her start with the Lacombe Ringette Association.
Next Lunn will be competing in ringette nationals at the end of March.
“It’s one big competition, and then onto the next one,” she said.