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Burnaby Girls Soccer Alumni

Some of our former Burnaby Girls Soccer players have moved on to higher aspirations. Check back often to read their accomplishments.

Christine Sinclair

Sinclair is female selection for 2011 Canadian Players of the Year award  

The Canadian Soccer Association announced today that Christine Sinclair is the female selection for the 2011 BMO Canadian Players of the Year award. Sinclair was honoured in a vote shared by Canadian media (50%) and Canadian coaches who have taken the Canadian Soccer Association's national course at the B and A levels (50%).

Sinclair of Burnaby, BC wins the award for the seventh-consecutive year (every year since the award was re-introduced in 2005). Her 2011 co-winner - Dwayne De Rosario from the men's national team - was announced on Thursday.

“Christine is a phenomenal leader, player and person and it’s great to see her recognized again in this way," said Head Coach John Herdman. "To stay consistently at the top of the game and win this award for the seventh consecutive time, it is no easy task. It takes a very special person”.

From: Canadasoccer.com

Brittany Timko


Defender Brittany Timko joined the senior women’s national soccer team when she was only 16, making her the second-youngest player ever on the squad.

She has represented Canada three times at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, won gold with the team at the Pan American Games in 2011 and bronze in 2007, and played in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver that clinched a spot for the national team at the London Games, where Timko and her team won a bronze medal.  

She played for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the W-League in 2003.  In 2002, Timko was honored by the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame as one of 35 leaders and legends of women in sports.


Sidney Roy



Having been accepted into the Environmental Engineering program at UNBC with a leadership scholarship, Sidney was hoping to play varsity soccer to round out her schedule. Knowing the huge challenge ahead for the team as they moved into the CIS, the UNBC Timberwolves offered Sidney a one-year soccer scholarship. The rookie striker was the team's top scorer during the preseason and the coaching staff believe she will become an integral leader of the Timberwolves.

Sidney played with the Burnaby Girls Soccer Club for 13 years and also was a junior coach and technical trainer with the Club. She highlighted her final year with the Club by being named MVP of the Metro Select Soccer League. As an honour student at Burnaby North Secondary School, she was named the Grade 12 Female Athlete of the Year and Team MVP of the senior girls? soccer team. She is a multi-sport athlete who has also competed for 9 years in basketball and volleyball. Box lacrosse has been her summer sport for the past 6 years with many successes and this season she was selected to the All-Star team at the Provincials after helping her team win the silver medal.

Marcela Fajth


Florida Memorial women’s soccer Marcela Fajth has been named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District Women's Soccer first team. The All-District teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America and recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One became the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA's Academic All-America teams programs in 2011. To be eligible, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 or better cumulative grade point average. 

 Fajth played Midfield for the Lions during this season. She has started in 11 games. As a result of her first team selection; Fajth is now eligible for Academic All-America honors. The Vancouver, Canada native boasts a 3.75 GPA in Biology and was named to The Sun Conference All-Academic team.

 CoSIDA selects Academic All-America teams in 12 programs. For 2011-12, the AAA program expands from two teams (a University Division team and a College Division Team) to four divisional teams, with student-athletes being honored separately in Division I, Division II and Division III. A fourth team - the College Division team - is comprised of NAIA, Canadian and two-year student-athletes. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a junior in academic standing and a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution.

 For more information about the Capital One Men's and Women's Soccer Academic All-District Teams, click here.

Rachel Harker

Highlights - Former BGSC Player Rachel Harker  
Southwestern Athletic Conference

SWAC Womens Soccer Player of the week -(from matches of October 14-21)

Offense - Rachel Harker -Univ. Arkansas-Pine Bluff 5-7  MF  Fr.
  • Harker finished with nine points as the Lady Lions garnered an 11-0 win at Alabama State...Harker accounted for three goals and three assists in the match - all in the second half.
SWAC Womens Soccer Player of the week -(from matches of October 22-28)

Defense - Rachel Harker -Univ. Arkansas-Pine Bluff 5-7  MF  Fr
  • Harker garnered a goal and two assists while assisting with the teams defensive effort against Alcorn State in an 8-0 decision.

Jacqueline Gant

Clan leader surely born to play soccer  

Vet fronts team's first NAIA national championship home game

Somewhere back in about 1989, when Shelley Howieson was about a year into her tenure as the one and only head coach of the Simon Fraser Clan women's soccer team, a former teammate from her playing days stopped by for a visit.

Jodene Gant had brought her toddling daughter Jacqueline up Burnaby Mountain for a visit, and Howieson doesn't have too much trouble remembering what she said that day almost two decades ago.

"I was so excited that she had had a little girl," Howieson laughed Wednesday after practice."And I said to her 'So here's my recruit for 2005.'"

All these years later, little Jacqueline Gant has grown into the team's fourth-year leader, and she is set to play a pivotal role Saturday as the Clan (11-6-1) host the Rocky Mountain College's Battlin' Bears (Billings. Mont., 14-3-0) in a 1:30 p.m. game at Terry Fox field. It's the first-ever NAIA national championship-round game ever staged in this province.

"My mom used to play soccer with [Howieson], so it's been amazing for me to come up here and play, but I'd never heard that story before," laughed Gant, a 21-year-old communications major from Burnaby who on Thursday was named to the conference all-star team.

Actually, the only reason she hasn't is that when the Gant clan gathers around the dinner table, there's just so many soccer tales to tell.

Jacqueline's dad Bruce Gant played for the Portland Timbers of the North American Soccer League; her uncle Brian Gant also played in the NASL with the Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps (1974-76); and national team standout Christine Sinclair is her first cousin.

Gant's brother Dylan just wrapped up a successful career on the Clan's cross-country and track and field teams.

"I think there's soccer in the genes, soccer in the environment, all the supporting pieces that really help to make her the complete package," said Howieson.

"I had followed her progress up through youth [Burnaby Girls Soccer Club] and she was definitely on my recruiting list. But it was a heck of a process because she was the kind of player that a lot of people were interested in."

So in her final year of eligibility, Gant not only gets her chance to return to the national tournament for the first time since her freshman year, but she gets to play a playoff game at home. And none of that is being taken for granted.

The Clan lost on penalty kicks in last weekend's play-in round at San Antonio and everyone assumed they were finished for the season. But SFU later discovered it had not only received an at-large berth, but a chance to play a host role.

"On the trip back from the field we thought we had no chance of going through and everybody was just sobbing in the van," Gant says. "Then we got the call. It's been an amazing time."

The winner of Saturday's game, along with 14 other opening-round contests, join host Embry-Riddle for the 16-team national championship tournament Dec. 1-6 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Clan midfielder Lauren Lachlan was named conference Player of the Year, while Marissa Antoniazzi and Aly Benes joined Gant on the all-conference first team.

Howard Tsumura, The Province
Published: Friday, November 21, 2008