Terry Foulds was tired of watching his kids have all the fun. His son Gordan was playing and officiating box lacrosse and then his daughter Heather started officiating. So he decided to do something about it and became an official himself.
After being a referee for three years, Terry received the Wayne Patrick Memorial Award, presented to the top head referee in the province, while his daughter Heather, 19, received the zone eight top minor lacrosse association official award.
But officiating is not all the two do. Terry is the head referee of the Prince George Minor Lacrosse Association, PG Senior Lacrosse and zone eight. He also is the head coach of the Prince George cerebral palsy Bocce program. Heather, along with refereeing, also does scorekeeping and is the zone eight tykes, mini tykes and novice commissioner.
Terry, who has always been involved in helping out around the community, thought by being an official he’d be able to spend more time with his kids.
“My two kids were doing it and it was something I could do with my kids. You don’t get many opportunities to do many things with your kids when they get older in their teens. I enjoy the game of lacrosse and that’s why I got into it. I got into coaching when Gordan started novice nine years ago. I coached hockey and baseball,” said Terry.
Heather grew up score keeping and decided she wanted to be a referee.
“My brother reffed for one year and I used to scorekeep and I started and I loved it and I just kept going. That was four years ago. He was playing and I went and scorekept and I got into it. I guess in our league it’s not that bad. With Gordan playing, I know a lot of the players. I enjoy it and it’s fun and I enjoy the game,” said Heather. She’ll be back scorekeeping when the Vancouver Ravens and the Calgary Roughnecks make their way to Prince George on December 5.