Toronto Beaches Lacrosse Hall of Fame Inductees
Yvonne Harding began her life in lacrosse as a career trainer for the girls field program from 2013-2019, aiding and supporting several players on their way to silver and bronze medal provincial finishes.
Going through the registration process as a parent for box, field, and girl’s field as well as a volunteer and trainer, Yvonne experienced everything wrong with the system firsthand, taking it upon herself to become the club’s registrar.
Over the years, through many conversations about zoning laws and releases, she learnt the system better than anyone else and moved it to an efficient online platform before transitioning to be the Director of Registrations for the whole of Ontario Women’s Field Lacrosse (OWFL).
During her role as Director of Registrations, Yvonne facilitated the integration of several new clubs into OWFL, helping to grow the game for girls across the province, increasing accessibility and competition for the league.
At the same time, she continued her involvement as a passionate volunteer for The Beaches organization, on the bench as a trainer and at McCowan and Cherry Beach with the girls’ house league program on Tuesday nights.
Yvonne helped foster a safe environment for girls of all skill levels to push themselves as athletes, encouraging them to be confident in their mistakes and proud of their accomplishments.
A prime example of which was the introduction of OWFL Play Day’s for the new U9 “Minis”, focused on fun and play rather than the competition.
Yvonne has spent close to a decade supporting and creating sustainable opportunities for girls lacrosse in order to grow the sport and fulfill players’ dreams.