(OTTAWA, ON) The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) has selected Canadian official, David Goulet, as the Referee-in-Chief for the 2016 FIL Under-19 Men’s Field World Lacrosse Championship.
Goulet, of Abbotsford BC, is not new to the international stage. In 2008 he was Deputy Referee-in-Chief for the U-19 Men’s World Championship, and most recently was an assessor at the 2012 U-19 Men’s Field World Championship held in Turku, Finland. Prior to that, he was an official at both the 2003 and 2006 World Championships.
“David … brings with him a diverse and long-spanning officiating resume, that showcases not only a solid foundation of officiating leadership but previous international lacrosse experience, making him a great fit for this role.”
—Don Blacklock, FIL Chair of Men’s Officiating
“The applicants for these positions are always highly qualified, and we are fortunate to be able to choose from such a widely qualified group of officials,” said Don Blacklock, chair of the FIL Men’s Officiating Committee. “David emerged as the leading candidate from a competitive applicant pool,” continued Blacklock, “he brings with him a diverse and long-spanning officiating resume, that showcases not only a solid foundation of officiating leadership but previous international lacrosse experience, making him a great fit for this role.”
Since 2006 he has been the Canadian Lacrosse Association’s (CLA) Men’s Field referee-in-chief and has been a member of FIL’s Men’s Officiating Committee since 2008. He began officiating in 1994 and has officiated FIL World Championships at the senior and under-19 levels. He has officiated and been RIC for several CLA national championships and in the twenty years he has been officiating he has worked at all levels of lacrosse – from local to provincial, from national to international. Goulet is a CLA officials’ clinician and played both field and indoor lacrosse, winning two CLA national championship in his playing career.
“The hard work within our program has paid off with a great number of Canadian officials attending world competitions, and David’s selection as RIC adds to an already impressive list of incredible Canadian officials taking leadership positions at the international stage.”
—Stewart Begg, CLA Director of High Performance and International Relations
Stewart Begg, the CLA’s Director of High Performance and International Relations fully supports FIL’s appointment of Goulet and was not surprised with his selection amongst a very qualified pool of international officials. “Canada has always been proud of our world-class officiating program and the devotion of our officials. The hard work within our program has paid off with a great number of Canadian officials attending world competitions, and David’s selection as RIC adds to an already impressive list of incredible Canadian officials taking leadership positions at the international stage.” commented Begg.
“This is one of the highest honors a lacrosse official can achieve,” said Goulet. “I am honoured and look forward to leading the officials of the 2016 FIL Men’s U-19 World Championship.”
Goulet will lead the team of international officials to a world-class showing when the 2016 U-19 Men’s Field World Championships take place in Coquitlam, British Columbia, July 7-16, 2016.
For more information contact:
Events and Communication Coordinator
Canadian Lacrosse Association
613-260-2028 ext. 302
Chair of Men’s Officiating
Federation of International Lacrosse
+44 (0) 77.1782.3821
About the FIL
The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is the international governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. The FIL currently has 50 member nations and sanctions five World Championships (women’s and men’s field, women’s and men’s U19 field and men’s indoor.) The FIL is responsible for the governance and integrity of all forms of lacrosse and provides responsive and effective leadership to support the sports’ development throughout the world.
About the CLA
The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. The CLA mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members and leading our partners and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. We value health, excellence, accountability, respect and teamwork. For more details on the Canadian Lacrosse Association and the sport of lacrosse, visit www.lacrosse.ca.