SportsFest kicks off in Gander today
GANDER, NL – The largest sport and fitness event in the province gets underway in Gander today.
Wants to see girls involved in sport earlier
Debbie Bouzane of Gander was appointed as Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador’s chair for female hockey during the organization’s recent annual general meeting.
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GANDER, NL - Gander’s Debbie Bouzane is the province’s new female hockey chair following Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador’s annual general meeting last weekend.
Bouzane is taking over from Carolyn Yates, who stepped down from the position after two years.
“There’s still a lot that I have to learn, but I’m up to the challenge. The biggest thing for me is the promotion of female hockey,” said Bouzane.
Bouzane, who has over five years experience with the Gander Minor Hockey Association, noted the importance of continuing to encourage girls to participate and to make the game accessible.
“Female hockey has been growing in Newfoundland and Labrador over the last few years,” she said. “I’d like to continue that growth.”
Last year, Hockey NL reported an 11 per cent jump for participation in female hockey.
Bouzane noted that she plans on encouraging involvement at younger ages, specifically promoting the under-9 program. Also, she said she’d like to organize more events, such as a ‘bring a friend’ night, to introduce the sport to young girls.
Bouzane’s appointment lasts until 2019.