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Edmonton CYM member makes Canada’s National Soccer team

Feb 15, 2022 | Featured

NP-UN Western Bureau.

An active member of Edmonton’s Ukrainian community has been called up to Canada’s Women’s National Soccer Team.

Twenty-one-year-old forward Tanya Laryssa Boychuk is on the roster of first squad of the 2022 international year as they prepare for the inaugural Arnold Clark Cup competition in England. The squad will face a trio of European opponents as Canada prepares for this summer’s 2022 Concacaf Women’s Championship as qualifiers to both the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 as well as the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

“The Arnold Clark Cup starts 2022 with a fantastic Tier-1 test and another opportunity for Canada to gain critical tournament experience ahead of the Concacaf Women’s Championship in July,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach.

“We know that the new 32-nation FIFA Women’s World Cup will feature 11 European teams, so beating Europeans at both group and knockout stages is something we need learn to master for us to podium at Australia & New Zealand 2023. We have three great opponents lined up and these sorts of tests will only help us to keep pushing forward. It will be a great tournament and spectacle for international football.”

Tanya is the daughter of Ukrainian Canada Congress Alberta President Orysia Boychuk and Alberta Kontakt Producer and President of the Alberta Foundation for Ukrainian Education Studies Volodymyr Boychuk. Vlodko was born in Kolomyia, Ukraine while Orysia was born in Oshawa, Ont.

Tanya is a member of the Ukrainian Youth Organization CYM, attended Ridna Shkola (Ukrainian community elementary school) and the Ivan Franko Kursy Ukrayinoznavstva (Ukrainian community secondary school) in Edmonton and danced with the Verkhovyna School of Ukrainian Dance.

“We are extremely excited at this opportunity that she has been given,” Orysia Boychuk told New Pathway – Ukrainian News. “She worked very hard at it, and we look forward to her participation in the upcoming games.”

Tanya currently plays for the University of Memphis. She was four years old when she started playing soccer at McLeod Community League and grew up participating in soccer, diving and gymnastics.

She won a bronze medal in diving at the 2015 Junior Pan American Games.

The Canadian soccer women are Olympic champions (Tokyo 2020), two-time bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016), and two-time Concacaf champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada have participated in seven consecutive editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ (1995 to 2019) and four consecutive editions of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament (2008 to 2021). At Tokyo 2020, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team became the first Canadian team to win three consecutive medals at the Summer Olympic Games and just the third nation in the world to win three medals in women’s soccer.

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