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Rhian Wilkinson (born May 12, 1982) is a British-Canadian professional soccer player, who currently plays for the Boston Breakers in the National Women's Soccer League. She is a member of the Canada national women's soccer team.

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 [hide*1 Early life

Early life[edit]Edit

Wilkinson was born in Pointe-ClaireQuebec to parents Keith Wilkinson and Shan Evans. Her British father is a former director of the Canada national rugby union team; her mother was born in CardiffWales. She has an older brother, David, 24, and a twin sister named Sara.[4]

She attended Villa Maria High School in Montreal and was Valedictorian of her class. She played for the Quebec Provincial Team from 1997-99 and was named most valuable player in 1999 after helping the club to the silver medal at the nationals. In 1997 and 1998, she helped Lac St. Louis Lakers earn two silver medals at the national club championships.[4]

Wilkinson was selected as the Greater Montreal Athletic Association's Most Valuable Soccer Player in 2000. She attended the National Training Center Camp for the Under-19 Canadian National Team in 2001.[4]

Wilkinson competed for the Lakeshore, a female ice hockey team and also played rugby from 1998-1999.[5]

University of Tennessee[edit]Edit

Wilkinson majored in speech communication and English at the University of Tennessee, and holds both a British (EU) and a Canadian passport.[citation needed] She was chosen as the University of Tennessee’s Lady Vols' Offensive Most Valuable Player in 2002.[6]

Playing career[edit]Edit

Club[edit]Edit

Wilkinson was named to the 2003 W-League All Star team and the 2004 W-League Championship All Tournament team,[7]

Wilkinson played with Team Strømmen FK in the Norwegian league in the fall of 2005 [8] and later with the same club in Oslo during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.[9]

She won the W-League 2005 Scoring Championship and tied for the Assist Leader with 38 points on 13 goals and 12 assists.

Wilkinson joined LSK Kvinner of Norway's Toppserien League after the 2012 Summer Olympics. The team captured the league gold medal, finishing atop the league table.

In 2013 she joined Boston Breakers in the new National Women's Soccer League

[1][2]Rhian WIlkinson playing for Canada, 2011===International[edit]===

Wilkinson won the bronze medal with the Canadian women's national soccer team at the 2007 Pan American Games.[10]

Wilkinson won the gold medal at the 2011 Pan Am Games tournament when Canada defeated Brazil 4-3 in penalty kicks.

Wilkinson won the bronze medal with the Canada women's national football team that competed in the 2012 Olympics when Canada defeated France 1-0 on August 9, 2012 in the bronze medal match.[11]

Honours[edit]Edit

Coaching career[edit]Edit

Wilkinson is a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, University of Tennessee.[4]

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