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When the World Cup included a Glengarrian

With the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup taking place in France, it got me thinking to the last time we had a Glengarry connection to Team Canada. That was Williamstown’s Christina Julien, who played for Canada from 2009 through 2015.

The graduate of Char-Lan District High School went on to a stellar NCAA career at James Madison University, in Virginia, U.S.A. Her junior collegiate campaign saw “Corky’s” first opportunity with Team Canada, including play at the Cyprus Cup.

Christina Julien
Photo courtesy CanadaSoccer /
Ville Vuorinen

That first year in Red, Julien, as a 20-year-old, played in four matches for Canada, scoring one goal and chalking up one assist. The following season, Julien saw action in 14 games, scoring 4 times. That year, 2010, saw her win gold at the Cyprus Cup and the CONCACAF championship (which served at the World Cup qualifier).

She competed with Team Canada in the 2011 World Cup, in Germany (playing in two matches but was held without a goal).

Julien won gold at the Pan American Games that same year.

At the 2012 Olympic Games, in London, Julien was an alternate but wasn’t activated to the roster.

In all, she had 54 caps for Canada, scoring 10 goals and notching 3 assists. Her final time in Red came in March 2015, at the Cyprus Cup, where Canada earned silver.

For more photos from the Glengarrian’s career, check out this CanadaSoccer gallery.

Julien currently lives in Australia where she is pursuing her other sports passion: hockey.

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Canadian pro sports leagues expand opportunities for our athletes

The Canadian Football League (CFL) officially came into being in 1958, though the history of the Grey Cup stretches back more than a century. Over the years, there have been Glengarry athletes who made the cut, perhaps most notably JT Hay, a 1991 inductee of the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame. The kicker from Lochiel was signed in 1977 by the Ottawa Rough Riders, going on to join the Calgary Stampers, for whom he played until his CFL retirement in 1989. According to cflapedia.com, Hay booted 308 field goals over his career, with a 69.2 per cent success rate.

This year (2019), two new Canadian professional leagues started up: the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) and the Canadian Premier League (CPL) for soccer. The goal of both organizations is to encourage the development of the respective sport across the country and provide playing opportunities for Canadians.

Will we one day see Glengarrians playing in either or both of these leagues (and again in the CFL)? With the apparent prowess county athletes have for the beautiful game, in particular (note the OFSAA gold medal just this year won by the GDHS boys team), one would expect that it won’t be long before we see a county soccer player plying his trade on the professional pitch. Here’s hoping!

Canada as a flag
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