Green mak­ing in­ter­na­tional ap­pear­ance

Re­becca Green to play with Canadian uni­ver­sity soc­cer team in South Korea

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY MELISSA JENK­INS

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.

Soc­cer ca­reer

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.

South Korea

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.

Next step

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.”

PHOTO BY MELISSA JENK­INS/THE COMPASS

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.

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