Émilie P. Bélanger can now tell the world she is a World Champion. In fact, the Early Childhood Education student recently won gold in the 2012 U19 World Ringette Championship held in London, Ontario by beating Team Finland 6-2 in the final.
The St-Isidore De Beauce native helped Canada reclaim
international gold for the first time since 2002.
Emilie P. Bélanger began playing ringette when she was five and she credits the sport for motivating her to be the best that she can be. “Ringette motivates me to have a healthy lifestyle, to train and eat well and it also helps me set goals and work as hard as I can to reach them.”
Bélanger also thanks the sport for providing her with two female athletes who have had the most influence on her. “Julie Blanchette and Stéphanie Séguin are two of the most hard working athletes I know and they are always striving to get better and helping other ringette players to reach their full potential. They inspire me to work as hard as I can on and off the ice, to believe in myself and to never ever give up.”
Being part of Team Canada East is Bélanger’s greatest ringette accomplishments and she has high aspirations for being on the team. “I will work as hard as I can, become the best player I can be and give everything I have because we (as a team) do not want to have any regrets.”
Other highlights of her ringette career include being drafted by the National Ringette League’s Montreal Mission, winning provincials in 2010-2011 against Rive Sud, winning Jeux de Québec with Chaudière-Appalaches in 2007 and going to Finland to play ringette.
The best piece of advice she has ever received comes from Dan Gable – Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. “It means that you earn what you have worked for and I will work as hard as I can and never ever give up.”
Bélanger is currently studying Early Childhood Education and also coaches the Montreal Mission U16 AA ringette team.
Media Guide London 2012