August 18, 2016 · 0 Comments
Eleven Orangeville Northmen female field lacrosse players were selected to take part in the Ontario Summer Games held in Mississauga, Ont., on August 11-14.
The event brings top amateur athletes from across the Province to compete in 32 different sports.
The Ontario Games Program started in 1970 in Etobicoke as a showcase for amateur sport.
They have now become Ontario’s largest multi-sport even including both team and individual sports.
Provincial level athletes from ages 12 – 18 qualify through a regional selection process conducted by the Provincial Sport Organizations.
The Games take place every two years. For many young athletes, the Ontario Summer Games is the highpoint of their sporting career. For others it is a stepping stone for the Pan Am Games or even the Olympics.
The young lacrosse players from Orangeville are all members of the Orangeville Northmen who had to go through a try-out session in Oshawa on June 19.
Around 165 lacrosse players tried out for positions on Summer Games teams with the final count being 108 players who were selected to form six teams for competition.
The Orangeville contingent will not be playing as a team. They are assigned to different teams for competition purposes and will find themselves up against teammates during the Games competition.
The idea is to create six teams that are evenly matched for the games.
Although the games are based in Mississauga, the venues for various sports are located around the region depending on the nature of the sport.
Field lacrosse events were held at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus.