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How Tennis pro, Mia Gordon, fell in love with Lacrosse

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Hockey is known as Canada’s game. However, Canadian politicians, being politicians, decided Canada should have an official national sport not only in the winter — but in the summer too. How Canadian, eh?!

In 1994, Canada’s Parliament passed the National Sports Act of Canada. The Act reads that hockey and lacrosse are the national sports of Canada. (Sorry, soccer fans.)

“The game commonly known as ice hockey is hereby recognized and declared to be the national winter sport of Canada and the game commonly known as lacrosse is hereby recognized and declared to be the national summer sport of Canada,” the Act reads.

Now that you know what Canada’s summer national sport is, the National Lacrosse League (NLL) is the next thing you need to know if you don’t already.

You can read up on the nine teams in the league from Canada and the United States on the league’s website.

The teams are from Buffalo, Calgary, Colorado, Georgia, New England, Rochester, Saskatchewan, Toronto, and Vancouver. The Calgary and Saskatchewan lacrosse teams are filling stadium seats with 15,000 to 18,000 fans a game, and in Colorado; lacrosse fills more seats than their NHL team games.

If you’re not at a game in person, you can watch on the NLL TV website. It contains video highlights, and a Toronto connection –Mia Gordon.

Mia is not only an in-game host, she a Lead Reporter and Digital Content Creator at the National Lacrosse League.

If Mia’s name sounds familiar, she played professional tennis on the Women’s Tennis Association tour, and for CityPlace locals, you may have seen her at Spokehaus for a high intensity, low impact, spinning class.

Mia is a real athlete, and you’ll be lucky to keep up with her in the spin class or out trivia her on sports knowledge. 416 Mag met up with Mia and asked her how a tennis pro fell in love with lacrosse.

“The digital world is expanding and to be part of a digital network has been a real exciting experience,” Mia said. “I fell in love with lacrosse about three years ago. It’s such a high-intensity game with so much action and excitement that I just fell in love with it. When the opportunity came up with NLL TV, I just wanted to bring this sport to the people so much. Lacrosse is a sport I didn’t know much about and these players work so hard, and their stories about how much they care about the game were truly inspiring. Honestly, you just need to watch one game, you’ll be hooked just like I was.”

So Mia obviously loves lacrosse, so we had to ask her if she plays the game. She’s an athlete as well, and we couldn’t resist.

She admitted, laughing, that she didn’t and said learned the hard way that she doesn’t have the skill set required.

Even though you may think lacrosse and tennis may be similar because there is a ball, and you swing at it, lacrosse is a very intense sport.

When asked if she experienced any issues reporting on men’s professional lacrosse leagues, she said no. Mia’s golden rule is always to be prepared and knowledgeable, and that is true for whatever she does in life. Her professionalism and knowledge show that to be true.

Dean Maher

Dean Maher is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The 416 Magazine.