Rhian Wilkinson

May 12, 1982
165 cm
University of Tennessee
Where they grew up
Baie d’Urfé
International "A" Level - CAN WNT
181 Appearances
174 Starts
7 Goals
22 Assists


Rhian Wilkinson
Rhian Emilie Wilkinson... sports family (rugby father Keith Wilkinson, lacrosse cousin William Evans)... speaks English and French... has her own website, rhianwilkinsonsoccer.com... her father was born in København, DEN (his English father was in the military) while her mother was born in Cardiff, WAL... she was 10 years old when her family spent a one-year sabbatical in Cardiff, WAL... Rhian grew up participating in hockey, ringuette, rugby, badminton, basketball, swimming, horesback riding, track and field (“I did anything and everything”)... she was seven years old when she started playing soccer at CS Lakeshore (with Linda Consolante for the “Strawberries”)... enjoys reading, writing, travel... favourites have included Ryan Giggs, Michael Owen, Liverpool... other favourites have included Roger Federer, Montréal Canadiens... has served as a brand ambassador for Umbro Canada... ran her second marathon on 26 September 2016 (the Montréal Marathon)... 
earned a Bachelor of Arts, communications, from the University of Tennessee in 2005... earned a degree in Anatomy and Physiology from Athabasca University in 2011... granted her Canada Soccer Coaching B Licence in 2015... served as an ambassador for Canadian Tire’s Jumstart program... one of four members of iS4, a group that is dedicated to empowering others through workshops, speaking engagements, team building, and soccer camps...  
as part of the Canadian Soccer Association’s Centennial Celebration in 2012, was honoured on the All-Time Canada XI women’s team... one of several players that had a cameo appearance in the “Colouful Canada” video that was produced to help unveil the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Official Emblem on 14 December 2012... one of several players that participated in FIFA Live Your Goals festivals ahead of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014... attended the Final Match of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 in Montréal... attended the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League Grand Final at Stade Olympique in Montréal (with an memorable 61,004 fans in attendance for the 29 April second leg)... attended the Final Match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Vancouver (she sat close to Prime Minister Harper during the match)... 
once said of playing for Canada, “I think we are everyday Canadians: we work hard and we are very proud of the ability we have to represent our country and to wear the maple leaf”... said coach Angela Kelly in 2002, Rhian “is so incredibly fast and deceptively quick”... said Karina LeBlanc in 2017, “you could never outwork Rhi; she was willing to put in the time, the work and the energy that some other people wouldn’t have”... said Shelina Zadorsky in 2017, “seeing her literally leave everything on the pitch - slide tackling, tracking, running up to get crosses in - her physicality and presence as a fullback really made an impact on me”... 
CONCACAF champion (2010) and two-time Olympic Games bronze medal winner (2012 and 2016)... fourth-place finish at the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003... in all, four FIFA Women’s World Cups and three FIFA Olympic Tournaments... six medals from six CONCACAF tournaments (one gold, four silver, one bronze)... three Pan American Games medals (gold, silver, bronze)... twice finished third in voting for Canadian Player of the Year honours (2006, 2007)... career 181 international "A" appearances from 2003 to 2017 (seven goals and 23 assists)... retired ranked third in Canada matches, starts, and minutes played... Canada Soccer Centennial Top 30 Female Footballers and voted to the All-Time Canada XI... club career in Canada, USA, and Norway... Norwegian Toppserien winner with LSK Kvinner Fotballklubb in 2012... reached the Norway Cup final in 2009... reached the USL W-League final in 2006... national silver medal at the U-15 Cup with Lac St-Louis in 1996... six-time Québec Soccer Professional or Senior Player of the Year... honoured member of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame.



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