"Lacrosse" has long been a popular sport in the West. In 2013, "lacrosse" began to make its reputation in here as Taiwan Lacrosse (TWLA) set the wheels in motion to develop the sport. It took almost three years for the Men’s Lacrosse to establish in Taitung. It has been solely Men’s Lacrosse until August, 2016, when TWLA decided to hold the very first Women's Lacrosse Camp. On top of that, TWLA pushed it even further and formed the Women's Team Taiwan by the end of 2016. These girls are going to make their debut in the 2017 Greater China Cup in Hong Kong.
Since the growth of Men's Lacrosse has surpassed our expectation, TWLA has been cultivating the idea of promoting Women's Lacrosse as well. Sarah Lin, the Chairwoman of TWLA, said, "At first, girls were not really familiar with the sport at all, and we did not have the human resources to facilitate the development. Nevertheless, a comprehensive model of lacrosse development ought to encompass both genders." She continued, "Ever since our girls saw the boys having so much fun playing on the field, they started to express their interests in the sport. That was the time when we were sure about starting Women’s Lacrosse." This gave birth to the formation of our first Women's Lacrosse Camp in Taiwan.
To lay a good foundation for the girls, TWLA invited six oversea players to demonstrate some basic rules, skills and plays of Women’s Lacrosse. Besides getting to experience women’s lacrosse, these girls also learned more about one another and the bonding has built up ever since. The guests were amazed by the energy and the eagerness to learn these girls showcased on the field. Their effort and determination have touched the hearts of their parents, convincing them about the educational cause of playing lacrosse in Taiwan.
Surprised by the astonishing outcome of the camp, TWLA decided to hold another series of Women’s Lacrosse Camp focusing more on techniques and teamwork as well as selecting the squad which would participate in the 2017 Greater China Cup in Hong Kong. To the youngsters, not only did such opportunities bring about self-fulfillment, but also the chances of better prospects in their study. Despite the three-day intense training and selection process in Taitung, the girls never thought about quitting but going on. Their perseverance, toughness and hard work were beyond everyone’s imagination. Eventually, 20 girls stood out and made the team for the 2017 Greater China Cup.
Women’s Lacrosse in Taiwan is definitely a whole new challenge yet an opportunity for all players and coaches, not only because of the different regulations and equipment required, but also the different ways and methods to instruct both genders.
While for TWLA, it is a concern that we have to sustain the development of Women’s Lacrosse with limited local human resources. We look forward to overcoming challenges ahead.
Women’s Lacrosse in Taiwan requires strong passion and support from players and coaches. As it has now rooted in Taitung, we are eager to see more girls picking up a stick and get to know about this intriguing sport!