The national women’s soccer team, which won a bronze medal at last year’s London Olympics, has been recognized on the Most Influential Women in Sport & Activity 2012 list by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women & Sport (CAAWS).
The organization publishes the list every year to celebrate and highlight Canadian women who influence sport and physical activity in Canada and on the international scene.
“Celebrating women leaders encourages women and girls, and indeed all Canadians, to look at these individuals and be inspired to lead their own way,” said CAAWS executive director, Karin Lofstrom. “Our goal is to create a ripple effect.”
The bronze medal team included Trinidad & Tobago-born midfielder, Candace Chapman, goalkeeper Karina Le Blanc, who was born in Atlanta to a Dominican father and Jamaican mother and defender, Robyn Gayle, whose parents migrated from Jamaica.
The national women’s team finished second in the just concluded four-team Yongchuan Cup tournament in China.
Canada and champions Norway played to a goalless draw after the national side defeated the host country 1-0 and lost 3-1 to the Korea Republic.
Coach John Herdman was pleased with the performance of the team that included several new faces.
In other soccer news, a late goal by skipper Seydou Keita provided Mali with a 1-0 win over Niger in the Africa Nations Cup tournament in South Africa. Earlier on the second day of the competition, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo played to an exciting 2-2 draw.
On the opening day last Saturday, host country South Africa was held to a goalless draw by Cape Verde while Angola and Morocco also played to a nil-all stalemate.
BY RON FANFAIR