Rhian Wilkinson

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Rhian Wilkinson
2013-06-09 RedStars v Breakers EllaMasar RhianWilkinson.JPG
Rhian Wilkinson (7) and Ella Masar (3)
in Chicago Red Stars vs Boston Breakers on June 9, 2013
Personal information
Full name Rhian Emilie Wilkinson
Date of birth (1982-05-12) May 12, 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)[1]
Playing position Defender / Striker
Youth career
1997–1999 Quebec provincial team
1997–1998 Lakers Lac St. Louis
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 University of Tennessee
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Ottawa Fury 38 (13)
2005–2012 Team Strømmen 71 (10)
2009 Western Mass Pioneers (loan)[2] 1 (0)
2010–2011 Surrey United (loan)[3] 10 (1)
2013 Boston Breakers 14 (2)
2014 Laval Comets 4 (0)
2015 Portland Thorns FC 1 (0)
National team
2003–2016 Canada 180 (7)
Teams managed
2009 University of Tennessee (Assistant coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of February 14, 2016.

Rhian Emilie Wilkinson (born May 12, 1982) is a Canadian professional soccer defender and former striker who last played in 2015 for Portland Thorns FC in the National Women's Soccer League. She is also a member of the Canadian national team, with whom she won an Olympic bronze medal at London 2012. She has played as a forward and midfielder, but is primarily an offensively-minded right fullback who carries the ball forward and makes crosses in the attacking zone.

Early life[edit]

Wilkinson was born in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, to parents Keith Wilkinson and Shan Evans. Her Danish-born English father is a former director of the Canada national rugby union team. Her mother, Shan Evans was born in Wales. She has an older brother, David, and a twin sister named Sara.[4]

In 1990, she relocated to Wales for one year where she attended Bont Faen Primary School in Cowbridge, the school did not offer soccer to girls and Wilkinson's mother joined the Parent-Teacher Association to convince the school to have inclusive sports teams.[5][6]

She attended Villa Maria High School in Montreal and was Valedictorian of her class. She played for the Quebec provincial team from 1997 to 1999 and was named most valuable player in 1999 after helping the club to the silver medal at the nationals. In 1997 and 1998, she helped Lac St. Louis Lakers earn two silver medals at the national club championships.[4] She was selected as the Greater Montreal Athletic Association's Most Valuable Soccer Player in 2000, and attended the national training centre camp for the under-19 Canadian national team in 2001.[4] Wilkinson competed for the Lakeshore, a female ice hockey team, and also played rugby from 1998 to 1999.[7]

University of Tennessee[edit]

Wilkinson majored in speech communication and English at the University of Tennessee and was chosen as the University of Tennessee's Lady Vols' Offensive Most Valuable Player in 2002.[8]

Playing career[edit]


Wilkinson was named to the 2003 W-League All Star team and the 2004 W-League Championship All Tournament team,[9] She won the W-League 2005 Scoring Championship and tied for the assist leader with 38 points on 13 goals and 12 assists.

She began playing for Team Strømmen of the Norwegian league in autumn 2005 and maintained her relationship with the club over the course of eight seasons.[10][11]

In 2013 she played for the Boston Breakers in the new National Women's Soccer League. She played several games for Boston as a midfielder, scoring twice.

She signed with the Laval Comets of the W-League in 2014.

In 2015, Wilkson joined Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League through NWSL Player Allocation.[12] In February 2016, the Thorns announced that Wilkinson will not play for the team in 2016, and she became unaffiliated.[13]

Rhian WIlkinson playing for Canada, 2011


Wilkinson won bronze with Canada at the 2007 Pan American Games,[14] and gold at the 2011 Pan American Games where Canada defeated Brazil 4–3 in penalty kicks. She captured an Olympic bronze medal at London 2012 after Canada defeated France 1–0 on August 9, 2012, in Coventry, England.[15] She contributed three assists in the first two games for Canada at the 2014 Cyprus Cup.[16] Wilkinson announced her retirement from international football on January 13, 2017.[17]


Coaching career[edit]

Wilkinson is a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, University of Tennessee.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Wilkinson plays both the cello and the trumpet, and has been a member of the Suzuki Strings Orchestra since 1994.[21] She participated in the 1997 Quebec Winter Games in ringette.


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