Three girls from Kamloops are among 10 Thompson Okanagan FC teammates who have signed soccer scholarships at Canadian universities.
Ainsley Grether of NorKam secondary will play for the TRU WolfPack, Grace Miller of St. Ann’s Academy will toil for the Regina Cougars and Kate Cartwright of Westsyde secondary has committed to the UBC Okanagan Heat of Kelowna.
The girls belong to the 2000-born TOFC team.
“It is an exceptional feat,” TOFC coach Jason Thompson said. “It's a testament to the hard work and dedication they have put in over several years in our program. Each one of these girls has demonstrated a desire to better themselves both on and off the pitch. It has been a joy and a privilege to coach them and to see them succeed.”
TOFC plays in the BC Soccer Premier League, the highest level of youth soccer in the province.
The league serves as a feeder system to provincial teams, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency (boys) and Whitecaps Girls Elite REX programs and as a scouting arena for Canadian and U.S. universities and colleges.
“It is quite remarkable to have 10 players from one team receive soccer scholarships,” TOFC general manager Kai Tolpinrud said.