August 7, 2013

Singapore Becomes FIL's 47th Member Nation

from Press Release

Singapore has been active in its first year of existence, being announced as the 47th member of the FIL.
@Courtesy Payu Nerngchamnong

The Singapore Lacrosse Association (SLA) has become the 47th member of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) as voted on by the FIL membership on July 30, 2013. The SLA was formed in October 2012 and is led by their President, Ed Burnam. The SLA has been recognized as an organization within the Government of Singapore. Mr. Burnam states, “The FIL’s recognition will help us meet one more of the Singapore Sport council’s criteria for full government support.”

Within its first year, SLA successfully competed in 5 official international men’s matches, with a record of 4 wins and 1 loss. 
On April 20th SLA hosted the Hong Kong men’s and women’s teams for the inaugural Lacrosse games in Singapore. Recently, both the men’s and women’s teams competed in the 2013 Asian-Pacific Lacrosse Tournament (ASPAC) hosted by China in June.

The SLA has already been very active conducting clinics in more than 10 area schools and holding numerous open clinics for interested players. The SLA has conducted a comprehensive coach’s education clinic and has presented the sport to over 90 delegates in the Singapore Sports Conference.

Tom Hayes, FIL Director of Development, had this to say about Singapore as the newest member of FIL, “Singapore’s membership represents the continued growth in the Pacific Rim. There are now eight FIL members; Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and Thailand in this region. We expect to add Malaysia, and the Philippines in the near future.”


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