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A Historic Day

11/22/2021, 10:45am PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Saturday displayed the power of the CJFL

The CJFL National Semi-Final last weekend was a historic day in the long history of the Canadian Junior Football League.

This photo features just how powerful the CJFL is across the country and welcomes everyone to be part of the league.

In the photo from left to right:

Judith Tucker became the first female to be honoured with a CJFL Life Member Award last March.  She has been involved in junior football since 2005 and is currently the CJFL Registrar on the Executive Board.  Her first involvement was with the Langley Rams (called the South Fraser Rams at that time) as the team’s secretary. It’s fitting this photo was taken as the Rams hosted the National Semi-Final.

Emmarae Dale became the first female to play in a CJFL game earlier this season with the Saskatoon Hilltops breaking down the gender barrier in football.  She finished the regular season with a solo tackle, four assisted stops and four special teams tackles.

Tracy Paluzzi became the first female to officiate a CJFL National Semi-Final game.  She is in her 10th year of officiating and is a Level 3 official.  She is a member of the BC Football Officials Association.

Karen Shortt became the first female to be named the CJFL Executive of the Year back in 2003.  At that time she was part of the BC Conference Executive and was very active with the Victoria Rebels (now Westshore Rebels).  Under her watchful eye the Rebels won the Conference and played in the Canadian Bowl that year after two upset road wins in the Conference playoffs.

The CJFL continues to break down barriers each year.  If you want to get involved contact the CJFL team that is closest to your home and make a difference in junior football starting immediately.

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