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Victoria female minor hockey league scores huge sports award

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Female hockey players, whether you’re a young beginner or have been playing your whole life, this is your moment!

Monday, February 26th marked a huge accomplishment worth celebrating for the Capital Region Female Minor Hockey Association (CRFMHA)!

The Greater Victoria Sports Awards announced that CRFMHA has been named the 2023 John & Marilyn Bate Organization of the Year—the first female-focussed organization to receive this recognition.

An award well-earned, a media release states that since the pandemic began to subside, the CRFMHA has grown more than 70% and is expecting to welcome 180 beginners for their introductory programs over the next six months. 

This is both due to the exceptional effort volunteers have put into these opportunities for women and young girls as well as the launch of the Professional Women’s Hockey League (PWHL)—which has given a lot of young players the inspiration to try out the sport and reach for the stars.

“Our organization is run entirely by volunteers who work tirelessly to create opportunities for beginners, recreational players and competitive players alike,” said CRFMHA President, Ian Fleetwood.

“To be recognized with an external award like this is very special for them”.

The CRFMHA hosts a total of 23 teams in the current playing season, with age groups ranging from U7 (ages 5 and 6) to U21 (ages 18 to 20).

They were also recently selected for the Frank Spring Award as BC Hockey’s  “Minor Hockey Association of the Year” for 2022-23!

To learn more about what they do and how you can get involved, you can visit their website.

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