The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) has decided to double up on Coquitlam by awarding the community both the boys and girls 2019 national box lacrosse youth championships next August.
The CLA announced in May that Coquitlam will be the host for the peewee, bantam and midget boys championships. According to Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse president Garrett Ungaro, after some additional negotiations the national body decided to also award the city the girls bantam and midget championships. He said it would be the first time in memory all five national tournaments will be played in one spot.
“There will be over 500 athletes for 10 days calling Coquitlam home, not counting the parents, grandparents and others who will come to this event during the competition. The additional economic impact will be huge for our city,” said Ungaro in an email circulated to city councillors and staff.
The boys competitions will feature teams from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and First Nations. Provinces participating in the girls tournaments will be B.C. Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia.