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Rhian Wilkinson - Defender
Name: Rhian Wilkinson
Position: Defender
Height: 5-5
Jersey number: 7
Date of birth: May. 12, 1982
Age: 30
Hometown: Baie d’Urfé, QC, CAN
Citizenship: Canada
College: University of Tennessee
Last club: Lillestrøm SK Kvinner
How acquired: Canada Women’s National Team Allocation
Follow on Twitter: @rhirhi8
 
With LSK Kvinner FK: Played for Lillestrøm SK Kvinner in Norway’s top-flight league, Toppserien, from 2008-2010 and again in 2012 ... Scored two goals in her debut season with the club (2008) ... Followed that up with four goals in 21 games in 2009 ... That same year, she played 1,823 minutes ... In 2010, played 531 minutes and scored three goals in six appearances ... In 2012, played six matches, logging 496 minutes and one goal.

International: She was 20 years old when she made her debut for Canada (26 April 2003)... 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... played in a career-high 16 consecutive Canada matches from 2006 to 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... 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.

College: She earned a spot on the University of Tennessee women’s soccer team in 2000. As a freshman, led the Vols in goals (12), assists (nine), points (33), game-winning goals (four), and shots (84). In three seasons at Tennessee, finished with 22 goals and 25 assists in 51 games.

Personal: Rhian Emilie Wilkinson... sports family (rugby father Keith Wilkinson, lacrosse cousin William Evans)... speaks English and French... her father was born in København, DEN (his English father was in the military) while her mother was born 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 for 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... studied speech communication at the University of Tennessee... as part of the Canadian Soccer Association’s Centennial Celebration in 2012, was honoured on the All-Time Canada XI women’s team.

 


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