At this time of year, there are all sorts of “Best Of” lists and “Persons of the Year”, and I love these lists because they highlight milestones and achievements; here are some notable mentions:
Toronto Star: “Star’s People to Watch in 2014 Delivered on their Promise”
I was delighted to see that the Star included Sura Yekka, who hails from Mississauga and has been playing soccer since she was 6, on their list. At the age of 17 she has already competed in two World Cups: the FIFA U17 and the FIFA U20. She is on the Canada WNT roster for the upcoming 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and is expected to play in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
espnW: Impact 25
The list featured athletes and influencers of 2014, and is not, by any means comprehensive (where was Eugenie Bouchard?!) yet it does feature a number of incredible people: Mo’ne Davis, Little League Baseball pitcher extraordinaire, Becky Hammond, the Assistant Coach to the San Antonio Spurs, and Michele Roberts, the Executive Director of the NBA Players Association.
Next year will be an incredible year for sport with the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Pan Am Games, and Para Pan Am Games all happening successively and in Canada. There will also be more Toronto Raptors basketball, more Canadian Women’s Hockey League action, and the beginning of the WBNA and NWSL 2015 seasons.
Back in February, when I started Lace Up Your Cleats, it was on a bit of whim, and was inspired by my experiences in competitive and recreational sport, and my witness to the incredible athleticism of women, transgender and genderqueer athletes. Thank you for your continued interest and support for LUYC. I’m looking forward to 2015 and to the continued growth of this endeavour.
Posting will resume in the new year. Until then, happy holidays!