Biography:

In her second Olympic appearance at London 2012, Melissa Tancredi was Canada’s second-leading scorer (behind only Christine Sinclair) with four goals. Following that historic bronze medal performance, she took two years away from the national team to complete her chiropractic degree. Upon her return, she reached a milestone in May 2015 when she played in her 100th career match for Canada, just ahead of her third career FIFA Women’s World Cup. In early 2016, Tancredi scored three goals in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier as Canada won silver to secure the team a spot in Rio. She was then part of the squad that won the 2016 Algarve Cup. Tancredi first competed with the senior national team in 2004, scoring her first international goal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio where Canada won bronze. Tancredi’s collegiate career at the University of Notre Dame was capped in 2004 when she co-captained the Fighting Irish to the NCAA national title and was named a First Team All-American for the second time.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Peter and Ann-Marie Tancredi… Sister Angela Tancredi… Getting into the Sport: Started playing soccer at age 4… Outside Interests: Graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in pre-medicine and anthropology… Earned her Masters in Sports Science and Rehabilitation and her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Logan University in 2014… Passed her board exams in Canada and the United States in the summer of 2014… Enjoys scuba diving, snorkelling, paddle boarding, surfing, water skiing… Supports Right to Play… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Tanc…