Poland Confirmed as Sixth and Final Nation for 2019 World Juniors
POLAND - In the continued growth of international box (indoor) lacrosse International Indoor Junior Lacrosse (IIJL) will welcome Poland as the sixth (6th) and final Nation competing at the 2019 IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship.
In addition to volleyball, football (soccer), basketball, and handball sharing popularity, hockey is also widely played in Poland housing their own professional premier league. While lacrosse is an emerging sport in Poland, organizers of the Poland Lacrosse Federation see the opportunity to utilize arenas for box lacrosse in their continued effort to expand the lacrosse footprint domestically.
Poland box lacrosse squads enjoy active international participation including the 2017 ELF European Box Lacrosse Championships, 2017 & 2018 U19 European Lacrosse Challenge (pictured below), and the Aleš Hřebeský Memorial as the Polish Eagles.
“Brought to you by the Poland Lacrosse Foundation, the first-ever U20 Poland Heritage Box Team will be making their debut on the big stage for the 2019 IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championships. The Mission of the Poland Lacrosse Foundation is to develop the sport of lacrosse in Poland by bringing those with Polish lineage closer to their roots through coaching, playing, fundraising and donating equipment. Therefore, through participation, the U20 Box Team will not only be representing their heritage in Ontario, but their participation will also contribute to the advancement of lacrosse in Poland as well.” Said Christian Dzwilewski Co-Founder, Poland Lacrosse Foundation.
"Christian and Kyle [Plumly] have an unrivalled passion for developing lacrosse international and their Polish heritage. We're excited to welcome Poland to the World Juniors and to assist them in their growth and help them develop box lacrosse in Poland", said Chris Fox Chair of the 2019 IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship Tournament Chair and Canada General Manager.
Poland joins Australia, Canada, Iroquois, Israel, and United States, as the sixth and final Nation that will compete at the 2019 IIJL World Junior Championship in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
More information on the Poland Lacrosse Foundation can be found here.