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March 23- AGM Postponed 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency and the continued restrictions on public gatherings, the SAWHA Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for April 18, 2020 is now postponed until further notice. We are exploring options for rescheduling the AGM including potentially hosting a web based video meeting.

We hope that you and your teams are healthy and safe and we will be in touch regarding details for the rescheduled AGM.

COVID-19 Update SAWHA Season Cancelled

Effective immediately the remainder of the SAWHA 2019/20 season is cancelled. 

We have been actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and working closely with Hockey Alberta, ASHL and CRZC. With the decision by Hockey Canada to suspend all league activity, SAWHA has been left with no other choice but to cancel the remainder of our season. The Hockey Canada decision had a direct impact on CRZC’s ability to provide referees for our games, without these game officials, we cannot continue our season.

SAWHA’s top priority is the health and safety of our players. By cancelling the remainder of our season SAWHA is doing our part to proactively take steps to protect our members and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. While we know that many of you will be incredibly disappointed to see our season end early, we need to think beyond the impacts of cancelling a few hockey games and consider instead, the potential implications of unknowingly contributing to the spread of COVID-19 through our community and how that might impact those most vulnerable.

The SAWHA Tier Championship plaques will read “Not Awarded” for the 2019/20 season.

Thank you to all of the Team Representatives, players, coaches, officials and fans for all of your effort and support this season.

SAWHA Board of Directors

 

THE LEAGUE

The Southern Alberta Women’s Hockey Association (SAWHA) was established prior to the 1977-1978 season.  SAWHA is focused and committed to the development and growth of female hockey.
SAWHA has four main objectives:

  1. To enjoy the game of hockey and to keep the game at a fun, yet competitive level.
  2. To ensure all interested females, 18 years of age and older, have an equal opportunity to participate and wherever possible, provide competition at the individual players’ level of skill.
  3. To promote, encourage and increase the growth and awareness in female hockey in Alberta.
  4. To encourage and foster personal development and leadership qualities of individuals through their participation in female amateur hockey.

PRESENT

Over the last seven years almost $1.4 million has been spent on improving the functionality, safety, and access of the Arena. Almost a million dollars was raised through federal, provincial and municipal grants and donations. Fairview is one of the busiest arenas in Calgary and services a wide variety of users, including figure skaters, and hockey and ringette players of all ages.

On February 20, 2018, SAWHA was devastated by the collapse of the Fairview arena roof. SAWHA had put significant resources into making the arena a place where community can come together to enjoy exercise, develop their on-ice skills and make lasting memories. We are grateful that no one was hurt and the building was clear when the roof collapsed.

SAWHA’s success would not be without the organizational skills, drive and passion of our membership. Volunteers are a key strength of SAWHA as volunteers are required to fill Board positions, coach and manage teams, organize Casinos, Provincials, Western Shields, Socials, and Charity events and help with Fairview Community events like Spring clean-ups and playground equipment builds.

SAWHA also represents its members in the various organizing bodies such as Hockey Alberta, Calgary Sport Council and City of Calgary’s Ice User Task Force.

As of the 2018/19 season, SAWHA will have 55 teams in seven tiers with over 1,000 active members registered in the league.  This season will see SAWHA schedule over 1,000 games, playing in 22 arenas within the City of Calgary and in eight arenas within 150 km of Calgary.