Rhian Wilkinson
Rhian
Wilkinson

Born
May 12, 1982
Age
40
Club
N/A
Birthplace
Pointe-Claire, CAN
Height
165 cm
School(s)
University of Tennessee
Where they grew up
Baie d’Urfé, CAN
TEAM HONOURS (4)
STATS
International "A" Level - CAN WNT
181 Appearances
174 Starts
7 Goals
22 Assists

Bio

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... growing up, favourites included Ryan Giggs, Michael Owen, Liverpool FC... other favourites included Roger Federer, Montréal Canadiens...

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... took part in the inaugural FIFA Coach Mentorship Program in 2018-19 (alongside mentor coach Hope Powell)... earned her UEFA A Diploma (Coaching Award) in 2019 from the Welsh FA...

Concacaf champion with Canada (2010)… won a bronze medal with Canada at the London 2012 Olympic Games... represented Canada at four FIFA Women’s World Cups (USA 2003, China 2007, Germany 2011, Canada 2015), including a fourth-place finish at USA 2003... in all, represented Canada at three Olympic Games (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016)... in all, won six Concacaf medals with Canada (2004 bronze, 2006 silver, 2008 silver, 2010 gold, 2012 silver, 2016 silver)... won medals with Canada at three Pan American Games (silver at Santo Domingo 2003, bronze at Rio 2007 and gold at Guadalajara 2011)... career 180 international “A” appearances across 15 years from 2003 to 2017 with Canada Soccer's Women's National Team…

with Lillestrøm SK in Norway, a Toppserien winner (2012)... was one of the first two Canadians to feature in UEFA Women’s Champions League (Diana Matheson and Rhian Wilkinson in 2009-10)...

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... in June 2016, the Parc Rhian-Wilkinson in Baie d’Urfé was renamed in her honour (formerly known as Dorset Park)...

one of four members of iS4, a group that is dedicated to empowering others through workshops, speaking engagements, team building, and soccer camps... served as a brand ambassador for Umbro Canada... served as an ambassador for Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart program...

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 (one of several players that sat close to Prime Minister Harper during the match)... ran her second marathon on 26 September 2016 (the Montréal Marathon)...

she was celebrated by Canada Soccer on 4 February 2017 in the post-match presentation to former Olympic bronze medal winners at BC Place in Vancouver (Marie-Eve Nault, Melissa Tancredi and Rhian Wilkinson were all celebrated after making their final international appearances)... she was celebrated as part of the London 2012 Olympic soccer team honoured in the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 in Toronto on 23 October 2019 (she was one of 18 players that attended the event)...

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”... said Wilkinson in 2019, “I have been very fortunate to have been mentored throughout my coaching journey; Canada Soccer developed the Elite Player-Elite Coach program from which I have benefited hugely and I have been guided by John Herdman and then Kenneth Heiner-Møller, two giants in the women’s game”...

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For Country

she was 17 years old when she made her debut in the Canadian youth program in 2000 with coach Stuart Neely... she was 20 years old when she made her debut for Canada (26 April 2003)... she scored her first international “A” goal for Canada on 17 July 2003 in Montréal… finished fourth with Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003... won a silver medal with Canada at the XIV Pan American Games Santo Domingo 2003 after the team lost 1:2 a.e.t. to Brazil in the final... finished third with Canada at the 2004 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament in Costa Rica... 
 
won a silver medal with Canada at the 2006 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for China 2007... won a bronze medal with Canada at the XV Pan American Games Rio 2007... represented Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007... finished first with Canada at the 2008 Cyprus Women's Cup... she was the 15th women's footballer to reach 50 appearances for Canada (7 March 2008)... finished second with Canada at the 2008 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament (Canada qualified for the Beijing 2008 Olympics)... reached the quarter-final phase with Canada at the Beijing 2008 Women's Olympic Football Tournament... 
 
finished second with Canada at the 2009 Cyprus Women's Cup... she was the 12th women's footballer to reach 75 appearances for Canada (27 February 2010)... won a gold medal with Canada at the 2010 CONCACAF championship / FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifiers for Germany 2011... finished first with Canada at the 2010 Cyprus Women's Cup... she was the eighth women's footballer to reach 100 appearances for Canada (14 June 2011)... finished first with Canada at the 2011 Cyprus Women's Cup... represented Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011... won a gold medal with Canada at the XVI Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011... won a silver medal with Canada at the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament in Vancouver (Canada qualified for London 2012)... finished second with Canada at the 2012 Cyprus Women's Cup... won an Olympic bronze medal with Canada at the London 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament... 
 
played in a career-high 25 consecutive Canada matches from 2012 to 2013... she was the third women's footballer to make her 150th appearance for Canada (10 March 2014)... finished sixth with Canada at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015... won a silver medal with Canada at the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in USA (Canada qualified for Rio 2016)... finished first with Canada at the 2016 Algarve Women’s Cup... won an Olympic bronze medal with Canada at the Rio 2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament...

For Sport

served as a member on the FIFA Strategic Committee (she was appointed in 2014)... served as technical support in Canada Soccer’s women’s national youth program starting in 2014... served as an assistant coach with Canada at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014... 

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