FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2020
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, USA — World Lacrosse completed Day One of the 2020 General Assembly today, utilizing technology and a virtual format to bring together its membership from around the globe for its annual business meeting. The General Assembly consists of delegates from the World Lacrosse Board of Directors, Full Members, Associate Members and Continental Federations.
Among key actions taken today:
- The General Assembly approved the creation of a new position, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, on the Board of Directors. The position will be filled by election of the General Assembly and will have voting privileges as a member of the Board.
- The General Assembly formally approved the change in title for the Board position that previously had been called “Secretary General” and will now be called “Finance and Governance Director.” Sallie Barker MBE (bio follows) was recently elected to this position and will assume her duties following the conclusion of the 2020 General Assembly later this year.
- The General Assembly approved a recommendation to change the name of the indoor discipline of lacrosse to Box Lacrosse.
- The General Assembly received a report from Michael Kennedy, Co-Chair of the Governance Working Group, on the substantial progress of that group and agreed to extend the appointment period for the Governance Working Group by one year, with a report and series of recommendations to be presented to the General Assembly in 2021.
- The General Assembly received a report from Chief Executive Officer Jim Scherr on major organizational achievements since the last General Assembly (August 2019 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada), along with continued progress against the approved Strategic Plan for World Lacrosse.
As part of her Opening Remarks, President Sue Redfern discussed the unprecedented challenges the world of lacrosse — and the wider family of international sport — has faced in 2020 as a result of the global pandemic, and expressed optimism for the future. President Redfern also welcomed Marc Schreiber, Vice President of the St. Louis Sports Commission, for a presentation to Ireland Lacrosse, which is being recognized as a recipient of The 2020 Musial Award in recognition of exemplary sportsmanship (full announcement on World Lacrosse website).
Day Two of the 2020 World Lacrosse General Assembly will be Sunday, November 15, also in a virtual format.
“Despite the uncertainty and unknown that has defined so much of 2020, we have never lost our faith in the power of sport to unite and uplift. We have never lost our belief that the day will come when gradually, safely, we can all return to the game we love,” said President Redfern in her Opening Remarks.
Sallie Barker MBE was recently elected to a position that is now titled “Finance and Governance Director” on the World Lacrosse Board of Directors and she will begin her duties with the Board following conclusion of the organization’s General Assembly later this year.
Barker brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in the sport sector to her new volunteer role, including serving as Chair of the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (now known as World Lacrosse) Women’s World Cup Local Organizing Committee.
At the national level, she has held numerous volunteer positions with England Lacrosse (EL), including serving on the Board of Directors (2002-present), Chair of the National Lacrosse Committee (2015-present) and Chair of the EL Events Committee (2018-present).
At the international level, Barker is Chair of the GB Lacrosse Council (2008-present), has served as a delegate on behalf of England Lacrosse to the World Lacrosse General Assembly (2018-present) and was a delegate to the International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse Association on behalf of England Lacrosse (2003-2008). She also served as a member of the Transition Committee that successfully merged the two organizations governing women’s and men’s lacrosse to form a single international federation, known then as the Federation of International Lacrosse, in 2008.
For her service to sport, and in particular her leadership in expanding opportunities for women and girls to participate in sport, she was awarded the MBE in 2016 by Her Majesty, The Queen.
As a member of the Board of Directors, the Finance and Governance Director is responsible for oversight of financial and governance business of the World Lacrosse. The position ensures that World Lacrosse demonstrates transparency, accountability and responsibility to its members and advises the Board on compliance issues with policies, procedures, constitution and bylaws.
The Finance and Governance Director chairs the Finance, Audit, Risk and Governance Committees of the Board, as well as other committees and working groups, as appointed.
The position works closely with both the President and the Chief Executive Officer to prepare Board and General Assembly agendas and supporting papers. The position is a further evolution of the role that had previously been titled Secretary General and is currently held by Ron Balls, whose term expires at the conclusion of the 2020 General Assembly.
Media Contact: Darryl Seibel
About World Lacrosse
World Lacrosse is the international federation for men’s and women’s lacrosse, responsible for providing effective leadership and governance of the sport internationally while supporting the continued growth of lacrosse worldwide. In November 2018, World Lacrosse was officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The President of World Lacrosse is Sue Redfern of England.