Bautista rings up new challenge

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:23 AM ET

OTTAWA - Barb Bautista has a long list of achievements as a ringette player.

She’s long been one of Canada’s best.

Now, she’s going to pass some of her knowledge along to the next generation of ringette stars.

Ringette Canada announced Monday that Bautista, who lives in Calgary and plays for the RATH, will be an assistant coach for Team Canada, along with Montreal’s Julie Blanchette, building for the world championships, which will be held in North Bay in 2013. The pair will work under coach Glen Gaudet.

Bautista started playing ringette when she was 10 and has made four appearances on the Team Canada roster, winning one gold and three silver medals. She has also participated in numerous national championships, winning six gold medals as an athlete and two as a coach. Most recently, she was an assistant coach with Team Alberta, picking up silver at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.

To coach, Bautista will stop playing at the international level.

“My focus is working on the bench with Glen — to help build the program,” said Bautista. “I was fortunate to be part of a world championship team in 2002. Along the way, I’ve learned from some amazing coaches and players.

“I don’t consider it being over for me. It’s a continuation of what I’ve been doing. I’m looking forward to supporting the athletes. It’s such a great opportunity. I’m really looking at the big picture here.”

Bautista tried a few sports until she found ringette as part of an after-school program.

“Barb has always been a big game player, a relentless checker and her decisions under pressure have always been beyond belief,” said Gaudet. “Her willingness to sacrifice everything for the end result is second to no one in the sport.”


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