(Kerrianne) Kerri Hardill received her first lacrosse stick for Christmas when she was just 4 years old.  She remembers attending a lacrosse school for girls in Peterborough at 11 and 12 years old (in 1974), and playing on the first girls’ teams in Lakefield and Peterborough.  From 1975 to 76 she played on a bantam boys’ team in Bridgenorth, while also playing on a girls’ team.  In high school, she was invited to play for the high school boys’ field team by Coach Don Barrie.

In 1978, she received an invitation to try out for a women’s field team started by Paul and Stan Gilkinson. This team marked the beginning of women’s field lacrosse in Ontario and Canada and would lead to a tryout for Team Canada in 1981. Hardill would play in the inaugural women’s World Cup in Nottingham England in 1982 with Canada, who would win bronze. She would then go on to play for her provincial team from 1983 to 1984, a lengthy stint with the Ontario Women’s Field Lacrosse team. They would win several bronze and silver medals, finally capturing gold in 1994. 

Hardill remained involved with Team Canada from 1983 to 1994, where the team finished in fourth at three consecutive World Cups. In 1993, she began a girl’s field program in Peterborough under the PMLA, as well as at the high school she taught at. She would continue to coach club and high school lacrosse for 20 years. Hardill also served as an Organizing Committee member for the World Championships held in Canada (2007, 2013, 2019).

For these achievements, Hardill was inducted into the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame as a Player in 2000, the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a player in 2001 and was the first female player inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2007.

 

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