BLOG AUTHOR: CIARA MCCORMACK
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
College: Yale University, University of Connecticut
W League: Boston Renegades (2001, Champions), Vancouver Whitecaps (2002, 2005, 2006, Champions, 2011), Ottawa Fury (2007, 2008, Captain)
Professional: Denmark: Fortuna Hjorring (2002-2004, 2006). Norway: Asker IK (2008), Kolbotn IK (2009-2010), Donn Toppfotball (2010), New England Mutiny (WPSL-Elite, 2012), Newcastle Jets (Australian W League, 2013-2014)
National Team: Ireland (2008-present)
Education: Yale (Undergrad), University of Connecticut, Aalborg University (in progress), University of Oslo (Masters Degrees)
-One of the first female players from British Columbia to play NCAA soccer, playing at Yale University in Connecticut, and at the University of Connecticut from 1997-2001.
-Received the Yale Athletics Community Service Award as a senior in 2001, (senior in the athletic department who made the biggest impact on the community), chosen to represent Yale at the 2000 NCAA Leadership Conference.
-Won 2 US U20 National Championships with Colorado Rush (1999) and Connecticut World Class (2000).
-Trained at the prestigious Tahuichi Academy in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, for a month in 1998.
PROFESSIONAL SOCCER HIGHLIGHTS
-First female North American to score in Champions League play (v Breidablik/Iceland) w Fortuna Hjorring (Denmark), September 22, 2002.
-The third female player in Canadian soccer history to sign a professional contract in Europe, which she did with Fortuna Hjorring (Denmark) in 2002.
-The first and only female Canadian-born player to medal in the Champions League after claiming silver with Fortuna in 2003
-Played overseas for five and a half years, 2.5 for Fortuna in the Danish top league (3 Danish silver medals), and 3 in the Norwegian Toppserien, earning a bronze medal with Kolbotn in 2009.
-Won W League Championships in 2001 with the Boston Renegades and 2006 with the Vancouver Whitecaps, and captained the Ottawa Fury in 2008.
-Undergrad degree from Yale in Women’s Studies and International Studies and has masters degrees from the University of Connecticut (Sport Management), the University of Aalborg, Denmark (Development and International Studies, in progress) and from the University of Oslo (International and Comparative Education).
-Wrote her masters thesis from the University of Oslo on comparing the experience of female players in Norway and Canada, of combining education and soccer.
-Founded girlsCAN Football in 2002, an organization dedicated to providing role models for female players. girlsCAN has run all-girl camps, clinics and seminars across Canada since 2002, and recently expanded into Connecticut, USA in 2011. National team and professional level women’s players lead the programs.
-Founded the girlsCAN Foundation in 2010. girlsCAN currently is running projects in both Nigeria and India.
-Founder of the Western Canada Soccer Showcase, the largest, and longest running, girls-only college showcase in Canada.
-Co-authored a book on Winning a US College Scholarship with her father Barry. (www.wusccs.com)
-Current contributing editor for the top women’s soccer magazine, Our Game Magazine (www.ourgamemagazine.com)