Biography:

Rhian Wilkinson hit a milestone in March 2014 when she became just the third female soccer player to ever appear in 150 games for Canada. Wilkinson played her first international match in April 2003 and scored her first goal later that year. She also made the first of her four FIFA Women’s World Cup appearances in 2003, helping Canada reach the bronze medal game. In 2015, a lower leg injury prevented her from playing in the first two games of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on home soil. After making her Olympic debut at Beijing 2008, Wilkinson played all but 19 minutes of Canada’s run to the bronze medal at London 2012. She also competed at three Pan Am Games, winning silver at Santo Domingo 2003, bronze at Rio 2007 and gold and Guadalajara 2011. In 2016, Wilkinson was part of Canada’s second place finish at the CONCACAF Olympic qualifier, earning the team a spot in Rio, as well as the first place finish at the Algarve Cup. Wilkinson became a member of FIFA’s Strategic Committee in 2014 and served as an assistant coach for Canada at that year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Keith Wilkinson and Shan Evans… Younger sister Sara and younger brother David… Getting into the Sport: Started playing soccer at age 7… Outside Interests: Graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications… Earned a degree in Anatomy and Physiology from Athabasca University in 2011… Enjoys reading, writing and traveling… Odds and Ends: Nickname Rhirhi… Supports Because I Am A Girl and Suitcases For Africa… Favorite motto: “There are no shortcuts!”