Team England Lacrosse Coach Carries Olympic Flame
Recent European Champion Sarah Butt achieved another great success yesterday and carried the Olympic flame through Chideock. Sarah has represented England in 5 World Cups, winning a total of 3 silver medals and 2 bronze. In total she has won over 100 caps playing for England and captained the team from 1998 until 2005.
Upon retirement from playing Sarah moved into the world of elite coaching, taking the role of Assistant Enland Coach in 2009 at the Women’s World Cup in Prague. Sarah will be looking to build on the fourth place finish in Prague next year at the Women’s World Cup 2013 in Canada, this time as Head Coach.
Lacrosse in the Olympics
Lacrosse has in the past been an Olympic sport, 1904 and 1908. It has also been played as an Olympic demonstration sport in 1928, 1932 and 1948. The Federation of International Lacrosse has taken the first step on the pathway to modern day Olympic recognition for the sport and become a member of SportAccord. The FIL see its membership with SportAccord as an opportunity for increased cooperation, access to services and promotion as well as being the first step on the pathway to Olympic recognition.
Membership of SportAccord represents an exciting day for FIL, we are honoured and will continue to strive forward in our pursuit of the Olympic dream. Stan Cockerton FIL
Another exciting step on the Olympic dream ladder is the inclusion of lacrosse into the 2017 World Games. Lacrosse is one of five new disciplines to become part of the existing 37 sports to compete at the games. The World Games take place one year after the Summer Olympics with the intention of bringing promotion to none Olympic sports. Both Taekwondo and Triathlon were added to the World Games platform before becoming Olympic Sports.