Women to play exhibition game Jan. 4 readying for World Championship
By Mike Williscraft
The Town of Lincoln has been chosen as one of three host communities for an entrant in the women’s U-18 World Hockey Champioship.
The Worlds will be hosted in January at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines.
In the first week of January leading up to that competition, the Swedish national U-18 women’s squad will make the Fleming Centre their home.
“It is very exctiing. The Town has never been a host facility for this type of event before and we are looking forward to hosting Team Sweden!” said Stephanie Hutchison, Lincoln’s coordinator of sports services.
The process actually started back in August when Hockey Canada and the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association issued invitations to Niagara communities to act as hosts.
Lincoln, Niagara Falls and Port Colborne were chosen.
The team will be at the Fleming Centre from Jan. 3-6 and have an exhibition game scheduled for Jan. 4 at 3 p.m. The opponent has yet to be announced.
The practice schedule is:
• Jan. 4 – 9-10:30 a.m.
• Jan. 5 – 9:30-10:30 a.m.
– 4-5:30 p.m.
• Jan. 6 – 9-10 a.m.
As part of the application process, town officials had to coordinate fitness facilities and food services as well as accommodations for the team.
Sport, Recreation and Culture Committee chairman, Coun. Dave Thompson, said the activities at the Fleming Centre are welcome.
“This great opportunity has been brought about by the diligent observation of Coun. JD Pachereva and the quick and effective response and application of our Sport, Recreation and Culture Department facilities manager Chuck Judson and Interm CAO John Nichol,” said Thompson.
“This U18 women’s world hockey tournament will allow Lincoln to showcase our brand new facility, the Fleming Centre, and also allow Beamsville Minor Hockey to garnish the extra traffic to fundraise for local causes during the tournament.”
Thompson said making whole thing happen was a excellent example of teamwork.
“We were chosen through a process which required our town staff to be nimble and get the appropriate application information together very quickly and put Lincoln forward as the right choice for this World event,” said Thompson.