Beth Fishwick from the Nepean Ringette Association’s U19 AA team was selected as the 2016-17 “Provincial Defensive Player of the Year” by the Ontario Ringette Association. Nominees from U16 and U19 teams across the province must have been involved as a player for a minimum of three years, have demonstrated exceptional abilities at an individual and team level and have exhibited high standards of performance and sportsmanship.
Beth began her ringette career at the age of 5, playing 2 years of Bunnies, then moving into Novice and playing each year at the PP or AA level for her entire career. Up to the end of PP Beth played exclusively at the forward position. In U14 Beth was asked to play defense and ended up finding her perfect “fit” in ringette as an offensive defence player. Beth has been called upon to play many positions over the past several years, but always prefers to be in the defensive triangle. At just over 5 feet Beth has had to make up for her lack of height with strength, determination, fitness, speed, agility and smarts.
In the 2016 Canadian Ringette National Tournament Championship round Beth was the highest scoring defensive player. She has played for United AAA and has been a 3 time team captain. In addition, she has been an Ontario Ringette Association Leader at Leadership Camp. She is an ambassador at the grassroots level as an articulate, intelligent role model spreading enthusiasm and respect for the sport. This year Beth continued to give back to the sport, running on-ice workshops, serving as a Coach in Training and working with less experienced players and coaches. She will continue to play for The Nepean U19 AA team while attending Queen’s University in the fall, pursuing a Bachelor of Science.