July 31, 2017 For Immediate Release

Peterborough to host under-19 World Women’s Lacrosse Championship in 2019

2007 organizers partner with Trent University, Fleming College and City for 20-team event


PETERBOROUGH - Ten years after hosting the wildly successful world women’s field lacrosse championship, the same team of volunteers has announced it is hosting the same event — but larger — in Peterborough in 2019.

In 2007, the Peterborough committee hosted 11 international teams at Trent University, drawing record crowds. The 2019 Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s Lacrosse World Championship is expected to draw 20 teams as games are played at Trent and Fleming College.

The games open on Aug. 1, 2019 with the finals taking to the Trent University field on Aug. 10.

The event will be co-chaired by long-time lacrosse organizer and coach Fred Blowes and world-level official Cheryl MacNeill. Both were deeply involved in the 2007 event and have recruited several key volunteers to return with them.

“I was watching the 2015 world championship and asked who was hosting the 2019 event,” says Blowes, who has coached several Peterborough athletes who have advanced to U.S. colleges and Team Canada. “What we did last time was kind of magical. People really came together to support Canada and we’re now a more dominant force in the world in women’s lacrosse.”

“Hosting the Women’s Lacrosse World Championship is an exceptional opportunity for our community to showcase its remarkable spirit and offerings as a region to an international audience,” adds Mayor Daryl Bennett.“I know the residents of Peterborough will once again show up to cheer on these elite athletes from around the world,” said Daryl Bennett, Mayor of the City of Peterborough. “Peterborough is able to host this premier event because of the inspiring level of talent and volunteerism that we have in our community.”

“Trent was the proud host of the 2007 Women’s Under‐19 World Field Lacrosse Championships and we’re pleased to welcome this international competition back in 2019,” said Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University. “We look forward to profiling Trent’s impressive Athletics Centre and to have the opportunity to showcase Peterborough and the Kawarthas to athletes from around the world.”

“Fleming College is very pleased to be involved in this event. We look forward to hosting the athletes and anticipate a great tournament involving outstanding under-19 women lacrosse players,” adds Dr. Tony Tilly, president of Fleming College.

The list of participating teams will be announced in 2018.

Volunteers and sponsors are welcome to participate in this international showcase. To find out more, email 2019u19wclax@gmail.com.

For media inquiries only, contact Lois Tuffin at 705-930-2613.