St. George – Sara Ross, owner/personal trainer/group instructor at Results 360 Fitness & Wellness in St. George, loves hockey, whether it is ice or ball hockey – and she just returned from Bermuda, where she played with Team Canada to help them bring home the gold.
Ross said she was on the Team Canada ball hockey team this year, as well as in 2014 and 2016, representing Canada in the women’s masters’ competitions. The men’s team also brought home a gold medal for Canada.
“This is the third worlds for the women’s masters, and I was on all three teams,” said Ross.
“In 2014, it was in Tampa Bay, Florida, 2016 was Banff, Alberta, and 2018 was Bermuda.”
“I’m going to try and make the team again in two years. I’m still on a high. I need to get back to reality. It’s a surreal feeling,and I don’t want it to end.”
~ Sara Ross
Ross said she started playing hockey when she was in Grade 5, and got into ball hockey around 2004. She has continued to play in the Saint John league, and found out in December she had once again made the roster for Team Canada. She mentioned getting on the team doesn’t involve actually trying-out for it.
“They send out a notice to ball hockey players to apply,” she said.
“You submit your resume, and they pick the team from that. They don’t have open tryouts, and you have to have references. It’s a process, but it’s worth it.”
When not playing for Team Canada, athletes play in their own leagues, and prove they are fit. Ross is with the Saint John league, does fitness classes at her studio, and also does some running on the side in order to stay in shape for ball hockey.
Ross said the team was in Bermuda for a week, from September 24 to October 1, and they played a total of six games. When asked how it felt to win the gold medal, she commented it was the “best feeling in the world”.
“It’s unbelievable. I thought about retiring after this year, but I really don’t know if I can,” said Ross.
“I’m going to try and make the team again in two years. I’m still on a high. I need to get back to reality. It’s a surreal feeling, and I don’t want it to end.”
Ross said the support she has been given by the community has been “overwhelming”. She said she did a fundraising video on Facebook before leaving, and was stunned by the support that it garnered, with people she had never met messaging her to offer words of support and encouragement.
“It’s amazing that people I don’t even know are supporting me. I just want to say ‘thank you’ to everyone. Charlotte County is amazing!”