G'Day, Mate! GW Lacrosse Heads to Australia Over Winter Break

GW will compete against four Australian teams throughout its tour.

Nov. 26, 2013

WASHINGTON – The George Washington University Department of Athletics and Recreation announced today that the lacrosse program will travel to Australia from Dec. 27, 2013-Jan. 10, 2014 to tour the country and play four games against top Australian teams.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the team to travel to Australia and we are extremely grateful for the support from the Athletics Department which has afforded our team the opportunity to embark on this amazing trip,” said Head Coach Tara Hannaford. “We will compete against some great competition as well as participate in community service throughout our stay. I am excited for our team to experience another culture as this trip truly epitomizes the philosophy of the department."

This will be the first international trip for GW lacrosse as the program enters its 13th season in 2014. The team will leave from Baltimore/Washington International on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 and will land in Cairns on Dec. 29 and immediately begin the 12-day tour, which features guided excursions of the country’s most popular attractions and competition against Australia’s premier lacrosse programs. In line with the GW Department of Athletics and Recreation’s mission to Raise High in the community, the lacrosse program will also partake in a two-day community service project while on its tour.



“There is no better way to enrich our student-athletes' collegiate experience and allow them to see what the world has to offer than through foreign travel,” said GW Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero. “This opportunity is about learning and coming to understand a global society, as much as it's about building and maintaining a high level lacrosse program. Part of our mission is to provide student-athletes with an environment where they can acquire knowledge on a global level, and by inserting them into other cultures we'll surely broaden their horizons.”

Throughout the two weeks the Colonials will spend time in the cities of Cairns, Adelaide and Sydney, and will get to participate in activities such as swimming and snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef and spending time at Seal Bay and Kangaroo Island. One of the seven wonders of the natural world, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system and contains over 1,500 species of tropical fish. The team will get the opportunity to swim and snorkel, enjoy an underwater observatory for coral and fish viewing and take a ride on a semi-submersible tour through the coral gardens. Throughout the tour of Kangaroo Island the Colonials will be surrounded by native wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies, little penguins, New Zealand fur seals and Australian sea lions.

“This is a once in a lifetime experience to take a foreign tour with my friends and my teammates,” senior Terasa Vassallo said. “It is great to have an athletics department that supports foreign travel and that allows us to compete internationally. This trip will allow us to grow even more as a program and will get us prepared for the 2014 season.”

The team will depart from Sydney on the morning of Jan. 10 and return to Baltimore on the same evening.

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