Womens Soccer A History
HISTORY of the PRINCE GEORGE WOMENS SOCCER ASSOCIATION
by Gwen Crossman
In1983 the first woman’s soccer team was formed in Prince George. Jackie Collins helped to spearhead the formation of the first women’s team by placing an ad in the local Citizen newspaper to encourage any interested women to come out to play. Steve Lamble was the inaugural coach that first season. Prince George had the one women’s team up to 1985 -they competed against high school and youth teams locally, and with the Quesnel team.
In 1985 a four team league was struck playing games on Monday and Wednesday evenings at P.G.S.S. soccer pitches. Patty Smith was the first president of the Women’s Soccer League when it was initially formed. In 1989 an executive committee created a constitution and set of bylaws for the league. Patty Smith also became the Director for the North Cariboo Senior Soccer League, as a liaison to the women’s league.
In 1990 the Women’s Soccer League entered two teams in the B.C. Summer Games in Prince George and one team came away with a fourth place finish.
Patty Smith pursued officiating within the men’s and women’s and youth soccer leagues after 1993, as well as continuing to play soccer and coach her daughters in youth soccer.
Other presidents following Patty included: Sheila Brygadar, Allison Blair, Karren Behiel and, presently, Gwen Crossman is the president of the PG.W.S.A. Over the last five years the PG.W.S.A. has initiated their goals of becoming an association and working towards their long term goal of acquiring their own fields. Acquisition of the financial backing necessary to under take such an important task of purchasing land and developing fields for the women’s association is a strong mandate and ongoing goal.
As for the up and coming soccer season for 1999 – the negotiations with the city have resulted in the P.G.W.S.A. acquiring exclusive use of the Ron Brent fields. The ongoing liaison with the P.G.Y.S.A. has allowed the women’s league to continue to work very cooperatively with the youth soccer league and utilize their fields for this up and coming season, as they have done so in the past.
Their has been a gradual increase in the number of women who are pursuing the active role as referees – as officials within the women’s, men’s and youth soccer leagues. Patty Smith initiated the process in Prince George, followed by Tammmy Kosolofski and Nikki Maslen . Both Patty and Tammy have had the honour of being invited to officiate in the B.C. Summer Games – which exemplifies the quality of officiating by both of these individuals. The women’s association has an ongoing mandate to promote and develop female officials as role models within our association and within the sporting community of Prince George.
Presently, the P.G.W.S.A. has four competitive women’s teams, seven recreational teams and four youth girl’s teams which play within the women’s competitive division. The growth is strong and the future is very bright for women.
Gwen Crossman 1999
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