Historic Milestone: Three Female Officials Shine in a Single Hockey Game

November 10, 2023

In a major achievement for D-12 hockey officiating, the Cumberland Referee Association, witnessed history in the making as three talented young female officials shared the ice in a single game, Trinity Clarke, Kaitlin Inomata, and Elizabeth Bernardi. This monumental achievement not only marks a significant step towards gender inclusivity in the sport but also highlights the growing presence of women in traditionally male-dominated roles within the hockey world.

The historic game took place on 24 Oct 2023 at the Navan Arena and featured the Cumberland Jr. Grads and the Nepean Raiders. The three accomplished female officials who made this exceptional moment possible were Kaitlin Inomata, Trinity Clarke, and Elizabeth Bernardi.

The game proceeded smoothly under the watchful eyes of these three trailblazing officials. Their presence not only showcased their talent but also sent a powerful message to aspiring young referees, especially female referees, that they can shine in a field historically dominated by men.

The game's significance was not lost on anyone present, and it served as a symbol of progress in promoting diversity and inclusion in hockey.

The Cumberland Referee Association plans to continue its commitment to diversity and gender inclusivity in officiating, recognizing that the contributions of officials like Kaitlin, Trinity and Elizabeth are instrumental in shaping the future of the sport. Their remarkable achievement is a reminder that hockey is for everyone, regardless of gender, and the game itself is richer for it.

This historic moment in the Cumberland Referee Association is a testament to the dedication, skill, and determination of female officials in the world of hockey, inspiring future generations to break barriers and achieve greatness in their chosen fields.

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