Michelle Ring

28 November 1967
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
168 cm
University of British Columbia
Where they grew up
Langley, British Columbia, Canada
International "A" - CAN WNT
45 Appearances
42 Starts
2 Goals
1 Assists


Michelle Ring

née Michelle Ring... speaks English... soccer family (great-grandfather Stan Wakelyn and great uncles Art and Ed Wakelyn as well as great-great-grandfather William Wakelyn)… her mother Holly was born in Victoria, BC... her father Arleigh was born in Southey, SK (1939-2002)... growing up, her family lived in Calgary, Victoria (from age two), Brampton (from age five), Port Coquitlam (from age nine), and Mount Lehman, BC near Abbotsford (from age 10)... grew up participating in basketball and soccer... both her maternal great-great-grandfather Stan Wakelyn and his brother Ed were Dominion of Canada Football Championship winners with Calgary Hillhurst FC in 1922... she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of British Columbia in 1993... she earned her Canada Soccer Coaching B Diploma in 2008...

honoured by the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2005... honoured by the Soccer Hall of Fame of British Columbia, the University of British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, and the Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame... she was part of the first Canadian team to play at the FIFA Women’s World Cup (Sweden 1995), recognised as a Canada Soccer Team of Distinction... her great-great-grandfather Stan Wakelyn is an honoured member of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as well as the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame...

represented Canada at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Sweden 1995... won two Concacaf medals with Canada (1993 bronze and 1994 silver)... represented Canada at the World Invitational Women’s Tournament (Chinese Cup 1987) and International Women’s Football Tournament (China 1988)... one of six original members of Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team in 1986 that also participated in Canada’s first FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1995 (Annie Caron, Carla Chin, Geri Donnelly, Charmaine Hooper, Michelle Ring and Cathy Ross)... career 45 international “A” appearances across 10 years from 1986 to 1995 with Canada Soccer's Women's National Team, which ranked second all-time when she left international football in 1995...

club career in Canada... with Surrey Marlins SC, a three-time Canada Soccer National Championships winner (Jubilee Trophy in 1991, 1992, 1993)... with the University of British Columbia, a CIAU Championship winner (Gladys Bean Trophy in 1987)...

attended the Final Match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Vancouver...

said Ring in the Abbotsford News in 1986, “when I made the National Team, I freaked right out. I called my dad and talked to his answering machine. I was really, really excited and nervous”...

wrote Sylvie Béliveau in 1995, “a physically strong player with great speed... she is a great player marker and she is strong in the air”... said Ring in 2006, “the big thing that I have and I’m so proud of is the heart and the desire”...

said Luce Mongrain in 2021, “Michelle Ring was a great leader, she was always there and she had the biggest heart... you want Michelle as a teammate and as a friend, she was pure gold”... said Suzanne Muir in 2021 of teammate Michelle Ring, “you knew when she was on the field, giving great direction and supportive to her teammates. She was a real pillar of the team and a really good teammate”...

For Country

she was one of 23 footballers that participated in the first-ever Canadian women’s national camp in July 1986 in Winnipeg... she was 18 years old when she made her debut for Canada (7 July 1986)... represented Canada at the 1988 Women’s International Tournament in China PR... finished third with Canada at the 1993 CONCACAF Women’s Invitational Tournament... won a silver medal with Canada at the 1994 CONCACAF Women's Championship / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for Sweden 1995... she scored her first international “A” goal for Canada on 19 August 1994 in Montréal (FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifier)… represented Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995... she played in a career-high 29 consecutive Canada matches from 1993 to 1995, at the time a national record shared with Charmaine Hooper (but surpassed by Geraldine Donnelly)... 

For Sport

served as a coach in Canada Soccer’s women’s national youth program in 2010 (with coach David Benning)...

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