Defender Emily Zurrer made her second consecutive appearance at an Olympic Games and was a member of the Canadian’s women’s team that captured bronze in London.

Zurrer is one of the key figures on the Canadian defence. 2012 was her fourth season with the national team having played at the 2008 Olympic Games, where she started every game in the defensive backfield, and then went on to play at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.

She is a gold medallist at the 2004 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in Canada, where she was named the tournament MVP. Twice she represented Canada at the U-20 Women’s World Cup – in 2004 in Thailand and in 2006 in Russia.

At the University of Illinois, Zurrer was three times named to the Big Ten All-Tournament teams, awarded the 2006 Defensive Player of the Year and scored 11 goals (6 game winners) and led her team in most playing time.