Girl's Field Lacrosse: An interesting history with a bright future in Owen Sound
In 1978 Paul and Stan Gilkinson were looking for an alternative to box lacrosse and established the first women's field lacrosse club in Canada, the Etobicoke Tomahawks. Two years later, the first Canadian women's field lacrosse house league was formed in Ontario. Later the sport was introduced to the Owen Sound community and championed by the late Jeff Tait.
Today, women's field lacrosse has a bright future in Owen Sound with a record breaking number of girls registered for the learn to play program. Owen Sound also has 5 divisions that travel around the province to represent our city. In addition to our rep teams, a new house league program has been developed. It focuses on fun, recreation, meeting new friends while building solid fundamental skills for those players wanting to move into the rep program.
Further supporting the future of the sport, is the development of our players with some becoming youth mentors, coaches, and umpires; a way of building the sport and giving back to the organization. A few have gone on to play at University and several played at the Ontario summer games last year. Currently five Owen Sound athletes have been invited back on July 9th to vie for a spot on the U17 Team Ontario roster. Kelly Wilkins, head coach for the U19 Owen Sound team, was also named the assistant coach for the U17 Team Ontario program.
To see girl's field lacrosse in action, everyone is encouraged to come out to the Owen Sound Kiwanis Soccer Complex July 8th and 9th. Owen Sound will be hosting more than 30 teams from across the province with the under 9 to under 19 age divisions competing. Bring your lawn chair, enjoy the games while taking in the BBQ and cheer on our local North Star girls. For more information on girls field lacrosse, or the weekend schedule, check out the website.
For more information contact:
Owen Sound Host Planning Committee
[email protected] 519-372-1563