Green making international appearance
Rebecca Green to play with Canadian university soccer team in South Korea
Green’s Harbour’s Rebecca Green is heading to the 2015 World University Games being held in South Korea July 3-14 as a member of Canada’s female soccer team. Playing with McGill University in Montreal, Que., Green has long be lauded for her exceptional ability in the game.
It’s a rare occasion for Rebecca Green of Green’s Harbour to visit home, although she cherishes the time she is there.
The last time she came back to Newfoundland was last Christmas, but the 22-year-old has a very hectic lifestyle.
Active for most of her life, Green has been playing competitive soccer since she was 11 years old. She now plays soccer with McGill University in Montreal, and has since her freshmen year four years ago.
Her athletics are only one part of this modest young woman’s lifestyle.
As an anatomy and cell research student, Green hopes to use her degree to create a career in sports medicine and wants to attend medical school in Newfoundland.
Green met with The Compass at her parent’s home Thursday, May 4 to tell them about her upcoming international soccer tournament in South Korea.
Surrounded by photos of family in the warm and welcoming living room, Green appeared relaxed. She has both an older and younger brother, whose photos were on the mantle. A large professional prom photo of herself was across from the couch. Her brothers’ photos were smaller.
When asked about it, Green laughed and blushed, noting it was a bit of a joke.
“I’m the only girl,” she said.
Green has always had a skill for soccer, even at a young age.
She began her career in Harbour Grace with the Conception Bay North Minor Soccer Association under the watchful eye of coach Don Coombs.
“She was unreal, she excelled … a natural goal scorer,” Coombs said of the star athlete. “She wanted to win. There’s no doubt in my mind she was the best soccer player in Newfoundland her age.”
It was during her three years in the organization that Green developed as a player, and helped lead her team to provincial and mega tournament wins. Coombs said she was dedicated and never missed a practice or a game.
After playing for Harbour Grace, her parents moved to Conception Bay South, where she played for another year. After that season was over, she played the next one in Mount Pearl, followed by another in St. John’s.
“Each year we won the championship,” Green recalled.
But she started out like many, and had to work hard on her skillset.
“I remember when she started, she had trouble putting the ball in the net with her timing, she was so fast,” Coombs said.
Her speed has been one of her strongest skills over the years, and she attributes that to her most recent success, making the all-Canadian university female soccer team. She believes that her sprinting times, which were one of the fastest of those who tried out, gave her the edge.
Green will be heading to South Korea later this month for the World University Games July 3 to 14, organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). It is the largest organized international sporting event in the world after the Olympics.
She will train for the next two weeks in Montreal, then heads to Japan with her team for 10 days of more training before the competition begins.
Both Green’s parents, Rosalind and Roger, have purchased tickets to watch their daughter make her international debut.
While this could be the last international tournament for Green, there is the possibility it could open more doors of opportunity.
The World University Games takes place every two years, and if all goes as planned, she will be a medical school student at Memorial University during that time. If she maintains her skill and keeps up with her training, she’ll have the chance to get invited back to try out for a national team again.
But for right now, Green is focused on this one competition and how it will develop her as a player.
“I like the competition,” Green said. “I like playing against competitive teams to reach the next level.”
Rebecca Green of Green’s Harbour, Trinity Bay will be heading to South Korea to participate in the World University Games as a member of Canada’s soccer team.