Diana Matheson will always have her place in Canadian Olympic history for scoring the goal in the 92nd minute that won Canada the bronze medal at London 2012. That was her second Olympic appearance following Beijing 2008. Matheson has also competed at four editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, including Canada’s fourth place finish in her debut in 2003, the same year she first competed with the senior national team at age 18. She played just one game in the 2015 edition on home soil, suiting up for Canada’s quarterfinal match with England. But that was an accomplishment in itself, having torn her left ACL in October 2014 in a friendly match against Japan. She had also broken her foot early in 2015 while rehabbing the knee injury. In early 2016 she was part of Canada’s second place finish at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier where the team earned a spot in Rio. Matheson has competed at two editions of the Pan Am Games, winning gold at Guadalajara 2011 and bronze at Rio 2007.
Getting to know…
Family: Parents Jon Matheson and Laurel Mae Matheson… Younger sister Kathryn… Older brother Stuart… Getting into the Sport: Started playing soccer at age 5… Outside Interests: Founded Strive4 with teammates Christine Sinclair, Karina LeBlac and Rhian Wilkinson, an initiative to inspire youth… Graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 2008… Supports Special Olympics Canada and Right to Play… Odds and Ends: Nickname D… Always travels with iPad mini with New York Times crossword… Collects pins from her travels.
|2008 Beijing||Olympic Summer Games||Football (Soccer)||Women||8|
|2012 London||Olympic Summer Games||Football (Soccer)||Women||Bronze|
Notable International Results
Olympic Games: 2012 – BRONZE; 2008 – 8th
Pan American Games: 2011 – GOLD; 2007 – BRONZE
FIFA World Cup: 2015 – QF; 2011 – group stage; 2007 – group stage; 2003 – 4th
CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier: 2016 – SILVER; 2008 – SILVER; 2004 – BRONZE