The Ath­lete

The high­est drafted Cana­dian woman in the NWSL


Some would say Re­becca Quinn is a nat­u­ral, that awards and ac­co­lades have fol­lowed her most of her life, and they wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily be wrong. The 23-year-old, all-round tal­ented ath­lete and hon­ours scholar has al­ready had an out­stand­ing ath­letic and aca­demic ca­reer.

Re­becca is an Olympic bronze medal win­ner with the women’s na­tional soc­cer team. She’s re­ceived a myr­iad of top hon­ours through­out her time with the Duke women’s soc­cer pro­gram, and most re­cently, she was drafted third over­all in the 2018 Na­tional Women’s Soc­cer League col­lege draft — the high­est drafted Cana­dian in NWSL his­tory.

With­out hes­i­ta­tion, I would say Re­becca’s in­flu­ence on the game of soc­cer is far reach­ing, but it’s her con­vic­tion and strength of char­ac­ter that are most re­mark­able. Re­becca has earned ev­ery ounce of her ac­com­plish­ments thus far. At six years old, she asked me (her first soc­cer coach) how old she had to be be­fore she could join the women’s na­tional team. Most chil­dren ask­ing that ques­tion have the dream but aren’t pre­pared for the work as­so­ci­ated with it. Re­becca is dif­fer­ent. She is re­lent­less and un­apolo­getic when it comes to her prepa­ra­tion, re­silient in the face of crush­ing set­backs, the epit­ome of what a true team­mate is and hum­ble al­most to a fault. Next sum­mer Canada will com­pete at the Women’s World Cup in France — Re­becca was part of the team that qual­i­fied. With her sights set on the sport’s largest tour­na­ment, I have no doubt she will con­tinue to in­spire young ath­letes and, who knows, maybe even a six-year-old up-and-comer.

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