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Blue Knights winter development program keeps lacrosse strong during off-season

By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express

The Lady Blue Knights Lacrosse Club is offering an opportunity for current players to brush up on their skills and for those interested in joining the sport to see what it’s all about.

The club is offering a winter development program from Nov. 30 to Jan. 18.

The development program offers separate training for players born between 2000 to 2005 and 2006 to 2013.

Barb Boyes, executive director of the Lady Blue Knights club, says the program is open to all skill levels.

“We can accept beginners and we can accept elite level players,” Boyes notes. “We have run an off-season program in the past, but this is a new and improved version where we can include more skill levels.”

To Boyes, the strength of the program is boosted by a number of high-quality instructors and coaches.

Head coaches for the program include Katie Guy, a four-time member of Canada’s World Cup lacrosse team and Jacqueline Boissonneault, a member of the 2011 bronze-medal winning U19 Canada team.

Joining them are Corina Mahorn, a U19 provincial champion with the Lady Blue Knights between 2006 and 2008, and Lindsey Palmer, a U19 Elite provincial champion in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Guest instructors will be Katie Rhodes, an assistant coach at Colgate University and Lady Blue Knight alumni Rachael McKinnon.

The program will focus on specific game situations in a controlled, small-group situation, which Boyes says will allow for plenty of time for participants to learn and understand.

“Players will experience increased confidence as their fundamental skills, situational play, fitness and overall game sense improve,” Boyes says.

Registration for the program is $175. There is also a session between late-January and March. Participants can choose to register for one or both of the programs.

To register or for more information visit ladyblueknights.ca

Durham Region has long been a hotbed for lacrosse, and the Lady Blue Knights club has carried on that tradition.

Since the club’s inception in 2000, teams have captured 47 provincial championships and produced numerous players who have had provincial, national and international success, including 50 who have been offered NCAA scholarships.

“We currently have about 450 members, which makes us the largest women’s field lacrosse program in the country,” Boyes says.

Boyes attributes the success of their program, and others in the region, to solid coaching, leadership, and a high profile in the community.

“If you promote your program well it will be successful, which I think is a constant with all the programs in Durham Region.”

“It also doesn’t hurt that some well known NHL players have played in the area,” she adds.