The Nepean Knights Minor Lacrosse Association (NKMLA) is proud to announce that seven of its players have been selected to represent 2016 Team Ontario Lacrosse at the Canadian Lacrosse Association’s (CLA) 2016 Box Lacrosse National Championships that will take place later this summer.
Athletes were chosen from a series of try-out camps that were held across the province. Earning a roster spot on Team Ontario is very difficult, as often one-hundred or more of the best lacrosse players from Ontario at each age level compete for a place on each team.
Cole Bowditch and Willem Firth – both 12 years old – will join young athletes from across Ontario as members of Team Ontario at the CLA’s 2016 Peewee National Championship to be held July 31 st to August 6th in Whitby, Ontario.
Fourteen year-old Will Johnston will play goalie for Ontario at the CLA’s 2016 Bantam National Championship, to be held in Saskatoon, August 2-6.
Hailey Gibbons and Kayle Smith Osborne will compete for Team Ontario at the CLA’s 2016 Bantam Girls National Championships July 18-23 in Calgary. Hunter Gibbons Brianna Rino won spots on Team Ontario and will compete at the CLA’s 2016 Midget Girls Box Lacrosse National Championship, also in Calgary, July 18-23.
“Playing for Team Ontario is among the highest honours a minor-aged lacrosse player can achieve,” said NKMLA President Andrea Firth. “But it doesn’t come easily. These players have worked hard for years developing their skills and knowledge of lacrosse. The Nepean lacrosse community is excited to send these players off to the Nationals and we know they will represent our province.”
Long-time Nepean Knights coach Matt Firth was also chosen to join Team Ontario’s peewee coaching staff.
“Coaching at the Nationals will be a great opportunity to learn and to help the players execute to their best at the highest level of competition in their sport. Trying to win a national championship is no easy task. There will be plenty of competition at peewee, especially from Team BC, Team First Nations and Alberta. It will take lots of work and a strong team effort for Ontario to win gold.”
An official press release can be found below:Nepean-Knights-Press-Release-June-23-2016