THE DE­FENDER

Annex Post - - T.O.'S MOST INSPIRING WOMEN OF 2017 - BY DWAYNE DE ROSARIO FOR­MER TORONTO FC PLAYER

On the field, Kadeisha Buchanan [player on the na­tional women’s soc­cer team] is def­i­nitely a trail­blazer right now for the sport across Canada. She has been shortlisted as a fi­nal­ist for the FIFA Bal­lon d’Or, was named the Best Young Player in the 2015 Women’s World Cup and won the UEFA Women’s Cham­pi­ons League this year with her team in Europe.

Buchanan is def­i­nitely a war­rior on the field. The way she un­der­stands and reads the game is amaz­ing for a player her age. Her fierce com­pet­i­tive­ness re­ally shines bright as a leader on the field. She gives 100 per cent in ev­ery­thing she does, and es­pe­cially as a black woman com­ing from Canada, it’s not easy.

From my ex­pe­ri­ence, work­ing with my foun­da­tion in our com­mu­ni­ties and work­ing with in­ner city kids, es­pe­cially girls, they re­ally look up to Buchanan as a role model. She’s done a fan­tas­tic job, and we’re all proud of her and her achieve­ments. To be a young woman and to take on such a big role and re­spon­si­bil­ity and to come out of it the way she has is some­thing great to see. It cre­ates a great plat­form to be a great leader and role model for other girls like her who are grow­ing up with sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences as her, to know that they too can achieve great­ness in life, what­ever that may be.

Next, I want her to win the Bal­lon d’Or and to one day push Canada to win the World Cup. But what­ever it is, I’m very proud of her and how she’s de­vel­oped as a player and grown as a young woman. I wish her noth­ing but the best and more ac­co­lades. She’s def­i­nitely well de­serv­ing of it.

Buchanan, born in North York, is one of Team Canada’s stars

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