Ottawa, ON—Lacrosse Canada is proud to announce that the inaugural Chris Sanderson Award recipient is Norman Cédilotte. This award was established by the Board of Directors in 2019, and will be presented annually to an organization or individual affiliated with a Member Association that has demonstration passion and commitment to grow lacrosse in their provinces, territory, or area.
Norman Cédilotte has been credited with the implementation and development of several programs in Québec, including bringing together a women’s field team for the 2019 National Championship, an all-girls box lacrosse team, and the revival of the Association de crosse St-Eustache.
Cédilotte recognized a need in his community for more female box lacrosse teams and put together the first female box lacrosse teams for players who had ‘aged out’ of other co-ed programs. He was determined that girls should have equal opportunities to the boys’ teams and developed that programming. Currently, there are two U19 rep teams for girls, on the North and South shores of Montreal, that exist because of Cédilotte.
Most recently, Cédilotte spearheaded Team Québec’s participation in the female week of the 2022 Canada Summer Games. According to FCQ Directeur Général Jean-François Manouvrier, the team has been one of the brightest spots in Québec lacrosse over the past several years.
“During the last year, few have given as much time as him for our sport in this province,” said Manouvrier. “Our sport is stronger because of him.”
Cédilotte currently serves as the Vice President of women’s lacrosse for La Crosse Québec and has for several years. He’s been an influential force in creating and inspiring girl’s lacrosse in the province. In the past 5 years, he’s helped to recruit over 120 girls’ lacrosse players, and continues to seek opportunities for equity in lacrosse.
It is Lacrosse Canada’s honour to recognize Norman Cédilotte as the 2022 Chris Sanderson Award winner.
About Lacrosse Canada
Founded in 1867, Lacrosse Canada is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 10 Member Associations representing nearly 85,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. Lacrosse Canada’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. Lacrosse Canada oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by World Lacrosse. Lacrosse Canada is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners - NormaTec Recovery Systems, RockTape, OPRO, Canadian Red Cross, Westjet, and Baron Rings - as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation.
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