Lacrosse Canada Officially Recognized by Canadian Olympic Committee

Jun. 19, 2024

Oshawa, Ontario, June 18, 2024 - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) announced the official recognition of Lacrosse Canada (LC) as the National Sport Organization (NSO) governing Lacrosse in Canada, effective April 21, 2024. This recognition underscores Lacrosse Canada's pivotal role in overseeing and promoting the sport across the country.

In addition to this significant recognition, Lacrosse has been included in the LA2028 Olympic program, marking a historic moment for the sport.

"We are overjoyed by the recognition bestowed upon Lacrosse Canada by the Canadian Olympic Committee," said Shawn Williams, President of Lacrosse Canada Board of Directors. "This momentous occasion underscores the dedication and passion of everyone involved in the sport of lacrosse across Canada. With lacrosse set to debut in the LA2028 Olympics, we eagerly anticipate the opportunity to showcase Canadian lacrosse talent on the global stage."

The inclusion of lacrosse in the Olympic program not only highlights the sport's popularity and growth but also represents a significant milestone in Canadian sports history. Lacrosse Canada is committed to preparing its athletes, coaches, and officials for Olympic competition and is enthusiastic about the prospects of forming Canada's first Olympic lacrosse teams.

"We cannot wait to see our athletes proudly represent Canada in the Olympic Games," added Terry Rayner, Lacrosse Canada Interim Executive Director. "This is a moment of immense pride for our organization and the entire Canadian lacrosse community. We look forward to continuing to promote and develop lacrosse at all levels across the country."

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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 11 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 - Nike, CoachThem, Gait, Cascade, Normatec, Zoll, Signature Lacrosse, and Baron Rings - as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation. 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Marisa Di Bari

Lacrosse Canada 

BOD Director, Marketing, Communications and Sponsorship



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