Jzraelyne Kopp has all the time been sporty. So when a possibility to play soccer got here alongside, she ran with it.
The play paid off. Kopp, who simply graduated from Miles Macdonell Collegiate, received this 12 months’s Glenn (Keeper) McWhinney Perseverance Award. The award is offered yearly to a graduating Buckeyes soccer participant in honour of the late Canadian Soccer League nice, who made his house within the space.
“I used to be tremendous honoured to obtain it,” Kopp mentioned.
Glenn’s son, Jeff McWhinney, offered Kopp with the award, which comes with a $1,300 scholarship and features a personalised CFL ball, in Glenn McWhinney Park (401 Roch St.) on June 28, following Kopp’s commencement ceremony.
“Jeff was speaking about his father a bunch, and he appeared like a really robust, first rate man,” Kopp mentioned. “I want I may have identified him. It means lots to me that I used to be in a position to obtain it, and an honour to be offered it in Glenn’s park.”
Kopp, 17, solely began enjoying soccer a number of years in the past, for the Dawn Coyotes in Oakbank, Man.
“I began with soccer and when highschool got here I began doing volleyball, basketball, badminton, sports activities like that,” she mentioned. “Two or three years in the past, I joined a soccer crew with my sister. That was my first time ever enjoying. It was a terrific expertise.”
When Kopp moved into the town earlier than the beginning of her graduating 12 months, she wished to get entangled in sports activities at her new college. She mentioned she missed volleyball tryouts, however her English trainer, Daniel Washnuk, can also be the longtime soccer coach.
“He launched me to everybody on the crew. The season went on, and it was tremendous enjoyable and nice to get to know everybody.”
The team-first mentality of soccer is one thing that appeals to Kopp in regards to the sport, in addition to the physicality.
“In basketball, you don’t actually get to be as bodily, due to fouls,” she mentioned. “However soccer, that’s the purpose. I actually prefer it. I did judo for some time, I’ve simply grown into that bodily facet of sport.”
Initially, Kopp had hoped to play extensive receiver. However an task as a defensive again suited her simply fantastic.
“I’m glad I did, since you get to sort out,” Kopp, who performed defensive again and nook for the Buckeyes, mentioned. “That’s actually enjoyable.”
Whereas Kopp plans to attend Crimson River Faculty Polytech within the fall, to review enterprise administration, she hopes to proceed enjoying sports activities, and soccer specifically.
“It was an excellent nice expertise for me,” she mentioned. “I don’t need to simply cease enjoying.”
Sheldon Birnie is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Neighborhood Assessment. The creator of Lacking Like Tooth: An Oral Historical past of Winnipeg Underground Rock (1990-2001), his writing has appeared in journals and on-line platforms throughout Canada, the U.S. and the U.Ok. A husband and father of two younger youngsters, Sheldon enjoys enjoying guitar and rec hockey when he can discover the time.
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