Biography:

Jessie Fleming was 14 years old when she made her debut in the Canadian youth program in 2012 and won a silver medal with Canada at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. She was 15 years old when she made her debut for Canada, the second-youngest player to ever suit up for the country. In 2014 she represented Canada at both the FIFA U-17 and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups. In 2015, Fleming helped Canada win silver at the Cyprus Cup and appeared in two games of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on home soil. She then played every minute of every game as Canada finished fourth at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. In the bronze medal match, Fleming scored Canada’s lone goal on a penalty kick as the host nation lost to Mexico. She went on to be named the 2015 Canadian female U-20 Player of the Year. Fleming scored once at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier where Canada finished second to earn a spot in Rio. She then helped Canada win the 2016 Algarve Cup.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents John and Michaele… Older brother Tristan… Younger sister Elysse… Getting into the Sport: Started playing soccer at age 3… Grew up participating in soccer, hockey, track and cross-country running… Outside Interests: Completed grade 12 at H.B. Beal Secondary School… Enjoys photography, cottage living, travelling… Odds and Ends: Favourite mottos: “Play every game like it’s your last” and “Get outside your comfort zone, that’s where the magic happens”… Always puts on right side of equipment before the left side… Nickname: Jess, JFlem… Inspired by Muhammad Ali…