It’s not often that a teenager willingly gives up a week’s holiday, but Molly Quarry couldn’t help but say yes when she was invited to a training camp run by the Canadian U17 national team coaches.
The 13-year-old Bowen Islander had just enjoyed a hugely successful three weeks playing for Team BC which culminated with the Pacific Challenge Series in mid-July. She was named team captain for the tournament which involved games between BC, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. After the tournament, in which she played every minute for Team BC, she was chosen to play in a Game of Distinction along with a selection of the top players from the four provinces.
She was supposed to vacation with her family in Ontario after that, but had a quick change of plans after she got a call from the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX Program. She was one of only five girls born in 2002 who were invited to join its week-long camp at SFU. REX maintains a standardized national curriculum for female players U-13 to U-18, feeding into Canada Soccer’s Women’s National EXCEL Program. Following the camp, Molly was invited to join the REX program part time and will train with them three times a week at SFU beginning in September as well as continuing to train and play games with Mountain United FC team in the BCSPL.
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