Partners announced for 2015 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships

(Fort McMurray, AB, April 16, 2014) – Syncrude and Nexen Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Ltd., were announced as key partners in the upcoming 2015 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships to take place in the Wood Buffalo region March 29-April 4, 2015.

“I want to thank Syncrude and Nexen Energy for supporting this event,” said Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Councillor Jane Stroud, who also serves as the Honorary Event Chair. “It is a great opportunity to share our region with all of Canada and recognize the talented athletes who call Wood Buffalo home. Next year is shaping up to be very exciting for sports in Wood Buffalo and I am very happy the 2015 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships is a part of that.”

Jane Stroud was joined by Will Gibson, Media Relations Advisor and Spokesperson, Syncrude; Mark Coull, Production Supervisor-Field, Inlet & Deoil, Nexen Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Ltd.; Trevor Boe, Vice President of the Fort McMurray Ringette Association (FMRA) and representatives of the FMRA; members of the 2015 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships Organizing Committee; local dignitaries and community partners and members for the announcement on Wednesday afternoon at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre at MacDonald Island Park.

“Syncrude is proud to be a sponsor for 2015 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championship, which represents another chance to watch elite athletes perform in this sports-loving region,” says Kara Flynn, Vice President, Government & Public Affairs. “Not only does hosting these kinds of events enhance our quality of life, they also provide an opportunity to showcase the best of Wood Buffalo to the rest of the country.”

The 2015 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships are expected to bring more than 40 national ringette teams, 900 athletes, and coaches, families and supporters to the Wood Buffalo region.

“On behalf of Nexen Energy, we are very pleased to be a supporter of the 2015 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championship,” says Tony Mankowski, VP of Operations at Nexen Long Lake. “This event will surely highlight our vibrant region along with the state of the art facilities we have to offer. It also emphasizes the importance of amateur sports in the overall development of our community and youth. We are looking forward to this event.”

With more than 200 games scheduled over ten days, the 2015 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships will be played on ice surfaces from Anzac to Fort McKay, including all ice arenas in Fort McMurray.

“We truly want to extend our thanks and appreciation to Syncrude and Nexen Energy for their support of the 2015 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships,” said Jodie Mercier, 2015 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships Co-Chair and Director of Sport and Recreation of the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo. “Thanks to the partnership of our sponsors and our community members we are able to bring to the Wood Buffalo region an amazing event that embraces sport and celebrates youth development. I would also like to thank the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo for their ongoing support, the Fort McMurray Ringette Association for their work with this exciting sport in our region, as well as the Organizing Committee for all their hard work and efforts as we prepare to welcome this event to Wood Buffalo in 2015.”

Immediately following the announcement the Fort McMurray Ringette Association hosted a free “Come Try Ringette” event, designed to introduce interested participants to the sport and build awareness for ringette as the community heads into this national event in 2015. More information on the 2015 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships can be found at Facebook.com/2015CanadianRingetteChampionships.

 

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