CALEDONIA— It was a season full of great gold medal accomplishments for Caledonia ‘B’ Lightning girls’ ringette goalie Mikenzie Sandy.
This veteran goalie, who also played some games this year for the London ‘A’ Lynx squad, was her usual confident stellar self in net as she helped Caledonia triumph in winning gold at the 2020 Paris Tournament which was held from January 31st.-February 2nd followed a few weeks by another gold which they earned at the Golden Ring tournament that took place from February 14-16th in Kitchener.
Reflecting on what ringette her team did well in winning those two gold’s Sandy stated, “In Paris for sure we really came together well and every person on the ice was giving it their all. I know we did that every game but sometimes it shows little more on the scoreboard.” Shifting focus to the gold medal won at the Golden Ring tournament, Sandy replied, “In Kitchener to, we played hard and saw this great outcome.”
All through her life Sandy has had a special passion for strapping on the ringette goalie pads and doing what she does best which is frustrate shooters.
“I’ve been playing now for about 12 years, holy that makes me feel old,” Sandy said with a laugh. ‘’People call me crazy for liking to play goal all the time but there’s just something about it that can’t be matched as being a goal scorer.”
In that Paris tournament the finals featured a rematch of last year only instead of Ajax winning again, it was Caledonia who this time came out on top with what was a 4-2 win. Meanwhile in the Golden Ring tournament, Caledonia went undefeated which concluded with a gold medal championship win against a shorthanded Guelph team who they defeated by a 6-0 score.
“They were down a handful of players but still put up a good fight throughout the first half but just ran out of steam.”
Sandy excels in multiple sports including fastball which she plays during the summer for the Haldimand Spitfires before competing come fall with the McMaster Marauders.
“Throughout my life I was very fortunate to have played so many different sports,” Sandy said. “I don’t think I could list em all without forgetting some. That being said all of the sports no matter how different they are from one another have all helped in one way or another to make me the athlete I am today.”
Unfortunately the ringette season was cut short due to the Coronavirus world wide crisis.