Rhian Wilkinson (7) and Ella Masar (3)
in Chicago Red Stars vs Boston Breakers on June 9, 2013
|Full name||Rhian Emilie Wilkinson|
|Date of birth||May 12, 1982|
|Place of birth||Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada|
|Height||1.66 m (5 ft 5 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defender / Striker|
|1997–1999||Quebec provincial team|
|1997–1998||Lakers Lac St. Louis|
|2000–2002||University of Tennessee|
|2009||→ Western Mass Pioneers (loan)||1||(0)|
|2010–2011||→ Surrey United (loan)||10||(1)|
|2015||Portland Thorns FC||1||(0)|
|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.
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.
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.
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. 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. Wilkinson competed for the Lakeshore, a female ice hockey team, and also played rugby from 1998 to 1999.
University of Tennessee
Wilkinson was named to the 2003 W-League All Star team and the 2004 W-League Championship All Tournament team, She won the W-League 2005 Scoring Championship and tied for the assist leader with 38 points on 13 goals and 12 assists.
In 2015, Wilkson joined Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League through NWSL Player Allocation. In February 2016, the Thorns announced that Wilkinson will not play for the team in 2016, and she became unaffiliated.
Wilkinson won bronze with Canada at the 2007 Pan American Games, 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. She contributed three assists in the first two games for Canada at the 2014 Cyprus Cup. Wilkinson announced her retirement from international football on January 13, 2017.
- 2000: Freshman of the Year
- 2003: Pan Am Games bronze medallist
- 2007: Canada Soccer Fans' Choice Award 
- 2007: Senior Excellence Women Player
- 2008: Nominated as Canadian Soccer Association's Female Athlete of the Year
- 2008: "Maurice" Award
- Summer Olympic Games: Bronze Medal, 2016
- 2015 World Cup
- Player Info – Rhian Wilkinson
- Team Statistics: 2010–11 Metro Women Premier
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- "Re Seeing Women Excel In Tough Sports May Change Kids' Ideas About What It Means To Be Strong (Folio, Aug. 22)". Globe and Mail. 25 August 2016.
- WOMEN'S SOCCER OLYMPIAN JOINS PRACTICE
- TENNESSEE (W) OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE – Women's Soccer
- University of Tennessee Lady Vols
- asp FK Strommen Squad
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- Rhian Wilkinson | Team Darfur
- "Schmidt, Sinclair power Canada past Finland at Cyprus Cup". CBC. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
- "Wilkinson, Tancredi, and Nault announce retirements". Canada Soccer. January 13, 2017. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
- 2000 SEC Women's Soccer Year in Review
- Athlete Bios – Pacific Sport
- FSQ 2007 ANNUAL GALA>
- Rhian Wilkinson's Official Website – Profile