Canadians to Officiate on the World Stage at the FIL U19 Men’s World Championship
Canadian Lacrosse Association – OTTAWA, ON (July 6, 2016) – With the 2016 FIL U19 Men’s World Championship quickly approaching, the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the Canadian officials that were selected to take part in the event.
These individuals have worked tirelessly over the years to learn the rules of the game, honing their skills at the local, provincial and national levels. Just like an athlete or coach, getting the opportunity to participate at an international competition is a tremendous accomplishment for an official.
“We are all very excited to have been selected to represent the Canadian Lacrosse community at the 2016 U19 World Championship this summer,” said New Brunswick referee Steve O’Shaughnessy. “It will be a great experience and I know that all of the officials involved are truly looking forward to it.”
The referees journey to the U19 World Championship began with a selection camp at the 2015 CLA Field Lacrosse National Championships. The camp included multiple levels of physical testing and rules testing, as well as a variety of on-field evaluations on rule knowledge, game mechanics, and in-game situations.
They will continue to be held to a high standard by FIL once they arrive on-site. Prior to taking the field, each referee will have to pass a fitness test and rules test. They have to be on the top of their game when taking the field with some of quickest and most talented athletes in the world.
The Canadian contingent includes six on-field referees and two assessors. The man in charge of the officials at the event is Dave Goulet, a long-time Canadian field lacrosse official with over 20 years experience. This is his first appointment as Referee in Chief (RIC) for a FIL event, after having been selected as Deputy RIC on two previous occasions.
- Lee Brien (BC)
- Mike Drake (ON)
- Steve O’Shaughnessy (NB)
- Jon Bennett (AB)
- Greg Fancett (ON)
- Ed Moffat (BC)
- Al Sleightholme (BC)
- Brian Huntley (ON)
Referee in Chief
- Dave Goulet (BC)
Congratulations to all of the officials selected. While they may be wearing the black and white stripes, there is no doubt that they are representing the red and white of Canada.
About the Canadian Lacrosse Association
Founded in 1867, the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 10 Member Associations representing nearly 80,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. The CLA’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. We strive to accomplish this while adhering to our core values of health, excellence, accountability, respect and teamwork. The CLA oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). The CLA is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners – Warrior Sports, New Balance Athletics, Westjet, and Baron Rings – as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation. For more information on Canadian Lacrosse Association and the sport of lacrosse, visit our website at www.lacrosse.ca and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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