While it hasn’t really kicked in yet for Jamie Beck, she and the other U16 AA ringette members of the B.C. North team will be going to Nationals later this month as Team B.C.
“I’m still in shock,” Beck said. “There was a possibility of us winning, but it didn’t kick in, it still hasn’t kicked in that we won.”
Beck has been in ringette for eight years now, three in the AA league, and the only Houston player in the U16 AA provincial tournament. There were seven girls from Houston in the U19 provincial tournament as well, who were unfortunately knocked out by Thompson Okanagan and the Lower Mainland ringette teams.
Beck practices with players from all around northern B.C. from as far away as Quesnel. It can be difficult at times to get in the practice and to travel to meet other teams for tournaments, but ringette is a sport that she’s just fallen in love with, Beck said.
“One of my friends brought me to the bring a friend night, and I loved it, it’s my favourite sport,” Beck said, who also plays hockey.
Beck is a forward, so more offence than defence playing, a position she loves. Last weekend it was extremely nerve-wracking, she said, but not for reasons one might think.
“It’s so hard to play at home, in Houston, I’ve never experienced anything like that,” Beck said. “We’ve had to go everywhere else, but never at home, so it was really scary, actually. It was the first time I’ve ever been nervous for a tournament.”
But, despite that nervousness, she and her team played extremely well, coming back in their final team against the Lower Mainland in the second period, going from a 3 – 0 score for the Lower Mainland to tying the game and winning in overtime.
“I think we jumped 50 feet in the air,” Beck said. “It was insane.”
There’s a lot of pressure playing at home rink, but it was a good experience and she’s over the moon to be going to Cambridge, Ontario to take on teams from all over the country.
For practice, she’s been skating with some of the boys hockey members, which has just improved her skating.
“I’m so excited, I just can’t wait to play these other best teams in Canada,” Beck said.