The 2011/2012 season marks the Woolwich Girls Minor Hockey Association 10th anniversary, and to celebrate the occasion the association held a logo contest, with 11-year-old Elmira-resident Megan Chapman named the winner last week.
“Girls hockey has come a long way in 10 years, especially in Woolwich, so we decided to have a contest but we wanted the girls that are part of the association to participate in it,” said WGMHA vice-president Tammy Willms, who has been on the executive for four years and whose daughter has played for the Wild for the past nine.
“We just had our first bunch of girls actually leave the association since it first started, so that was a big milestone for us this year as well,” she added.
The contest was open the entire month of June, and the executive committee received 10 different entries. It was only open to players within the association, and Willms said they had a fairly simple time choosing Chapman’s design as the winner.
“It matched our colours and said everything we wanted to say,” she said, adding that it was a simple yet effective design. The logo features two blue hockey sticks crossed in the middle with the words ‘girls’ and ‘hockey’ written on the blades, and the association’s ‘Wild’ logo emblazoned across both sticks as well. There is also a large number 10 above the sticks.
Chapman’s design will be used in marketing material for upcoming Woolwich Wild events this season such as their annual tournament, and will also appear on all 10th anniversary commemorative clothing apparel items such as exercise jackets and pants, hoodies, t-shirts and even headbands.
These items will be ready for purchase by the beginning of the season in September.
“[I] tried to come up with ideas that would sort of commemorate the Woolwich girls’ 10th anniversary,” said Chapman of her inspiration for the logo. She said it felt good knowing that her design was chosen as the winner and that she is proud that will be on the clothing and worn throughout the season.
“It’s going to feel nice seeing it around and people wearing it and knowing I made that,” she said.
As the winner of the design contest, Chapman is entitled to $100 worth of free anniversary apparel, but perhaps more importantly it gives her bragging rights over her 15-year-old sister Emily, also a member of the Woolwich Wild.
“It feels good because I beat my sister and she entered too,” smiled Chapman, who will suit up as a winger for the peewee squad this upcoming season.