They may not be well known yet on the local scene, but that may change for the Fort St. John Thunder midget lacrosse team. The squad will be heading to provincials in Prince George starting tomorrow and will be the first Fort St. John based lacrosse team to take part in a provincial tournament.
Coach Tracy Travis said the team has been around in the community for nearly a decade, and that hopefully the trip to provincials will help with their popularity around Fort St. John.
“We’ve been going, I think this is our ninth year. Unfortunately there’s a lot of people that don’t know that this has been going on but the kids really enjoy it. Our lower program, our younger kids have come up quite a bit and hopefully we can continue on with the growth of the program.”
The games in Prince George will be the first formal contests that the Thunder have played this year as they weren’t able to secure a spot in leagues for the season.
“This year we didn’t do any travelling,” Travis admitted. “Unfortunately we didn’t have anybody to play. They all had a league and unfortunately we weren’t invited. Next year we’re hoping to be part of the league, it’s based out of Prince George.”
Travis said that the opportunity for the players to take part in an event like provincials will be big for helping them grow their respective games.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for these guys to go to provincials. Hopefully participating in the provincials will help us to promote the program across the board and have younger guys have an opportunity to go. It’s going to be a fantastic experience and find out what lacrosse can be at this age and going forward.”
Travis will be joined behind the bench by assistant coaches Alexander Travis, and Brian McAdie.
Anyone wanting to get involved with lacrosse is encouraged to visit the leagues section of Fort St. John Now under Fort St. John box lacrosse. Boys and girls between the ages of 8-16 can play if interested.