Accomplishments: Canadian Ringette Champions, 1988
The 1987–88 Regina Optimist Stingers were the Regina representatives in the 1988 provincial ringette championships. They posted a perfect record in the round robin portion of the championships and went on to become our province’s entry in the Canadian Ringette championships.
The team had enjoyed much success during the season having won tournaments in Brandon and Saskatoon and finishing third in Calgary and Edmonton tournaments.
The team, which was deemed an underdog at the start, showed great tenacity in the Canadian championships. After recording a 7-2 record in the round robin portion of the championships, they went on to win both the semi-final and final games in double overtime.
While becoming the Canadian champs, they did not place any players on the first or second all-star teams. They won, not because they were composed of a few great stars, but because they worked so well as a team.
The team was chosen as the Sask Sport Athlete of the Month in April 1988 and several members went on to represent their province and their country in ringette events like the Canada Winter Games and World Ringette Championships.
Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on June 16, 2001.
Left to Right:
Front Row: Marliss Klewchuk, Tawny Lipinski, Regan McNamee, Tanya Mather, Cy-Lyn McEachern, Ronda Halbgewachs, Leanne Shirkey
2nd Row: Joe McEachern (coach), Kelly Fraser, Rhonda Holt, Michelle Duperreault, Martine Lussier, Debra Kerr, Laurel Marshall, Jodi McEachern, Janine Donaldson, Peter Perry (assistant coach)
Missing: Erin Huck, Sandy Fraser