Life as an Official has Strengthened Bond Between Crystal Blakley and Ringette, News (Oshawa Ringette)

PrintNews Article
Click to view full-size image
Life as an Official has Strengthened Bond Between Crystal Blakley and Ringette
Submitted By Darryl Mathers on Friday, August 31, 2018
Crystal Blakley can’t imagine her life without ringette. She fell in love with the sport as a 10-year-old playing out of a small association within the City of Kawartha Lakes.

“I didn’t know how to skate and went out to my first practices in sweat pants, a helmet and a cut off hockey stick,” Blakley recalls.

She soon found appropriate gear and played through to high school before taking time to concentrate on her education. She returned to game as a coach after completing university. It wasn’t long after her return to the game that Blakley decided to become a ringette referee.

“I had heard about a referee clinic that was being offered and I thought I could understand the rules and application of the game better in my coaching role,” she says. “After the taking the clinic I thought I would give it a shot and I loved it.”

Blakley says the ringette officiating community is both encouraging and supportive.  

“It’s been incredibly rewarding,” says Blakley who continues to officiate while also serving as Referee-in-Chief for the Oshawa Storm Ringette Association (OSRA). “I have met some amazing people who I am proud to call friends and have developed more of a passion for the sport than ever before.”

She also has a passion for developing new referees. Playing experience is not essential to becoming a referee, she says. Blakley notes the supportive ringette community assists greatly in the development of officials. What potential referees do require is determination, dedication and a passion for the sport.

“You are well supported when you enroll to be an official,” she says. “It’s a perfect outlet with an amazing community of people and a great way to stay active.”

As a mother of two young boys with a challenging career, Blakley juggles the demands of life with her passion for ringette. It’s a balance she plans to continue striking for the foreseeable future.

“I can’t really see myself without the sport in my life,” she says. “I hope to continue, in some capacity, for years to come.”

This article has been viewed 3273 times.
Social Networking
Follow Us On
Follow Oshawa Ringette on Twitter
- and -
Visit Oshawa Ringette on Facebook
- and -
Follow Oshawa Ringette on Instagram
Manage Subscriptions
Signup to receive email or text messages for the teams you want to follow.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 11
    Feb
    Organization
    Family, friends and ringette players gathered in a crowded Rink 6 at the Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby on Saturday as the Oshawa Storm’s junior house league players took part in the first of four exhibition games with the Whitby Wild. For ...
  • 04
    Feb
    Organization
    The Oshawa Storm came just a goal shy of earning gold in Richmond Hill thanks to a 2-1 loss to Forest in the championship. On the way to the final, the Storm defeated Richmond Hill 4-2, London 5-3 and Newmarket 5-4 while mixing in a 2-1 loss to ...
  • 04
    Feb
    Organization
    It was a golden weekend for a pair of Oshawa Storm teams participating in the Kitchener Golden Ring Tournament last weekend.  Both the U9 and U10 Oshawa teams captured gold in their respective divisions. In the U9 final, Oshawa used three ...
  • 29
    Jan
    Organization
    The Oshawa Storm used a total effort to earn a 5-5 against the Whitby Wild in U10 action on Saturday at the Delpark Homes Centre in Oshawa.   Laura Cooper and Addison Wright shared 'Workhorse of the Game' honours, while Alexis Petrie served as ...
  • 16
    Jan
    Organization
    Is your daughter interesting in trying out for a higher level?  Now is the time to signal your intent to the central region. https://centralregionringette.ca/Articles/1433/2019_2020_AA_Intents_are_Due/ Deadline to provide intent is February ...
  • 15
    Jan
    Organization
    Despite a late surge, the Oshawa Storm dropped a 7-6 to the Pickering Lightning in U12 Regional action on Saturday at the Delpark Homes Centre in Oshawa. Rachael Bryan, Ellie Sargent and Beatrice McAdam each scored two goals for the Storm, while ...
  • 14
    Jan
    Organization
    In U8 play on Saturday, the Oshawa Storm turned in another victorious performance against the Barrie Blizzard at the Delpark Homes Centre. Olivia Byrom led the way with a hat trick while Jackson Missons, Adele Keeler and Harper McAlister all ...
  • 08
    Jan
    Organization
    The Oshawa Storm U8 team had a great time playing a pair of games in the Whitby Ringette Association’s Annual Tournament last weekend.   Early Saturday morning the Storm took on the Forest Xtreme ‘B’ and posted an 8-3 victory.
Printed from oshawaringette.ca on Monday, February 18, 2019 at 1:55 AM