With the pagentry of the Opening Ceremonies now out of the way, it's time for the hundreds of athletes to get down to business as competition began on Saturday in Halifax at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.
Erika Kiviaho of Lively was among the four members of the Team Ontario ringette squad to find the back of the net, as the medal favourites opened with a 4-1 win over Quebec.
Emily Bakker, Paige Nosal and Kaylee Whitcroft joined Kiviaho on the scoresheet for Ontario, as the team prepares to face British Columbia Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m. in their second round robin game.
Ontario close out preliminary round action on Monday, facing Saskatchewan, though all nine teams move on to the playoff round on Tuesday. Despite the focus that comes with striving for a podium finish within their own sport, Kiviaho and others are trying to take full advantage of the unique opportunities that come with attending a multi-sport event of this magnitude.
"We also went to see the hockey team (Ontario) play Nova Scotia," said Kiviaho. "There were tons of people there and Ontario won 5-0. There is a guy on the Nova Scotia team that is expected to be in the NHL too."
"Tt is cool to be at a competition where there are so many athletes that are eventually going to be in places like the NHL and Olympics," she added. The Ontario ringette team members had the chance to chat a little with the provincial boys hockey team as the tandem waited in line at the Opening Ceremonies on Friday.