Stew Begg has officiated and administrated lacrosse officials at all amateur levels since 1962 when he started with the game in Cornwall, Ontario. Up until 1998 he had officiated at the Founders’ Cup, Presidents’ Cup and Mann Cup games as an official. After that he served as Referee-In-Chief (RIC) for the Founders’ Cup and Minto Cup, as well as the 2007 FIL World Indoor Championship (WILC) in Halifax.

From 1999 through 2008 Stew was the CLA Chair of the Nationals Officials Certification Program. He is one of four Master Course Officiating Clinicians in Canada. From 2008-2016 he was the CLA VP of International Competitions. 

Over his career he has assessed more than 2,000 officials locally, nationally and internationally. Begg was RIC of the 2011 WILC in Prague. Begg also has convened national championships at all levels from 2012-2019.

Stew Begg has also coached at minor, junior and senior levels in Alberta.He has received many awards along the way. His accomplishments include the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012, the 2011 FIL Recognition Award, the CLA Lester B. Pearson Award and he was made a CLA Life Member.

Begg has also been made a Life Member of these organizations: Alberta Lacrosse Association, the Alberta Lacrosse Referees Association, and the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation. 

Stew Begg will go down in history as one of Canada’s greatest lacrosse officials for all the on-floor and administrative work he has provided.


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