The Penticton Minor Lacrosse Association is “breaking the ground” for the Thompson-Okanagan region with a push to get more female lacrosse players into the game.
“There are no female only teams in our region. Penticton lacrosse wanted to take on the lead for the whole region to get more girls playing lacrosse and build a template for more associations to follow,” said Penni King, Penticton Minor Lacrosse Association vice-president and TOMBLC girls director. “The female side of lacrosse is struggling and there are lots of universities in Canada and the U.S. that are looking for players. There are scholarship opportunities. This is an untapped sport and players are in such high demand at the post-secondary level so there is a lot of possibility for girls to move on and have a great opportunity in front of them.”
It is why they are inviting females interested in playing, or have already been involved in the sport, to join them for a free clinic with Savannah Smith—a former NCAA division one field lacrosse player and the coach of the U19 Team BC female box lacrosse squad for the 2020 North American Indigenous Games. Smith played for North Delta as a youth, on boys teams, until she graduated to an intermediate program. She started playing for the South Fraser Warriors and the league that exists today is one that she helped start when she was just 16 years old.
“We are really excited to have her for this clinic as she is quite an accomplished female athlete. She not only will run a clinic but will share her passion for the sport. This is more than just a drop-in session for athletes that have never tried the sport before, it will also be educational for girls that have lacrosse experience and want to know how to get to the next step,” said King.
The girls lacrosse clinic takes place on April 26 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. (no experience necessary). Smith will be sharing her tips to becoming a better player and how her love of the game led her to play for La Salle University. To register contact firstname.lastname@example.org@gmail.com.
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