ALA National Championships heading to regional Victoria
In a first for Lacrosse and Regional Victoria, Lacrosse Victoria has taken the historic step of appointing the Bendigo Lacrosse Association to host the 2014 Australian Lacrosse Association U/18 National Championships at the Epsom Huntly Reserve from April 18th to April 21st. The event will see nearly 200 participants and officials from across Australia and New Zealand descend upon Bendigo as the sports up and coming stars display their skills.
In making the announcement Lacrosse Victoria General Manager, Rod Kimmitt was buoyant at the opportunity to grow the game in Bendigo. “We often hear of Lacrosse being described as ‘sports best kept secret’. We are determined to change that and grow the game in new markets” He added “The support of the Victorian Government and the City of Greater Bendigo has been critical in allowing us to bring this showcase event to Bendigo exposing Lacrosse to a new audience.”
The Victorian Minister for Sport & Recreation, The Hon. Hugh Delahunty, said the Victorian Coalition Government is proud to support the U/18 National Championships with a $5,000 Significant Sporting Events Program grant. “We’re proud to support event organisers Lacrosse Victoria to bring this important event to regional Victoria. Events like the U/18 National Championships inspire more people to get more active, more often, and provide a significant boost to local sport, tourism and investment.”
ALA President Mike Slattery supported the comments of Minister Delahunty and Mr Kimmitt adding “The ALA applauds Lacrosse Victoria’s efforts at developing and promoting the sport of Lacrosse in Country Victoria through their staging of the 2014 Australian Lacrosse Association u/18 National Championships.”
“Their teaming with the City of Greater Bendigo, along with Victorian Government assistance will ensure a wonderful lacrosse experience for all participants and supporters.”
City of Greater Bendigo Major Events Manager Terry Karamaloudis says, “For Lacrosse Victoria to stage these National Championships in Bendigo is another positive endorsement for Bendigo and the quality facilities we have in this city. You just don’t win national competitions by chance or luck, you have to have the facilities, the personnel, the knowhow and the willingness to stage significant events like this, and Bendigo has the lot.”
As well as crowning both a boys and girls National champion, the event will also act as a key component of squad selection for the upcoming 2015 Women’s U/19 World Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland and the 2016 Men’s U/19 World Championships in Coquitlam, Canada ensuring fierce competition.
Widely known as ‘the fastest game on two feet’, with over 1 million participants, Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in North America with players and spectators alike drawn to the fast paced, physical, yet skilful nature of the game.
The Championships will be held from the 18th - 21st April 2014. For more information contact the host Association, Lacrosse Victoria.