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WWCFL:  Calgary Rage competitors look to make impact on Canadian National Team

As Canada looks to avenge its silver medal from the inaugural Women’s World Tackle Football Championships from 2010, the Calgary Rage shall be proudly represented. When the Canadian contingent was named, it had featured Alanna Doyle and Annie Tremblay, the only two Alberta based players named to the roster.

Originally named to the Reserve Squad, Erin Walton was recently promoted to the National Team roster. As the third Alberta based player to join Doyle and Tremblay on the roster, the promotion holds special meaning to her.

Employing great maturity and acumen, she was a member of the Canadian contingent that claimed the silver medal at the inaugural Women’s Worlds in 2010. The opportunity at golden redemption holds great meaning. Upon reflecting on the experience in 2010, it was a life changing moment for her.

“It’s hard to put into words what it meant to represent Canada playing a game I have loved and dreamt about playing my whole life. It was a life defining time for me, it taught me many great, valuable lessons and it ensured I would be part of women’s football history forever; that in itself is pretty indescribable, but it’s definitely awesome!“

She understands the hard work involved to succeed at such a high level. “Being able to represent one’s country playing a sport you love and dedicate so much time and effort to is incredibly humbling, exhilarating and special! I will never forget getting the call that I made the team and the tears of happiness and pride that followed soon after were some of the best tears I have ever had. In one word, it was surreal!”

Along with Walton, Susan Childress is another member of the Rage with experience from the 2010 team. She was named to the reserve roster and is eager to support the Canadian team.

“I am SUPER EXCITED!! It has been a great honour as this is my second time around. This time I would love to make a difference on the team as this is where my passion is. We have a great coaching staff as well as a great group of football players ready to do what it takes to win gold for Canada.”

Hailing from Quebec, Annie Tremblay is a member of the Rage’s defensive unit. A stalwart in the defensive backfield, the opportunity to be named to the Canadian National Team is one that brings with it great meaning for her.

“That mean’s a lot to me. A dream came true! Being part of a national team, representing the maple leaf across the world! It’s been two years of intense training and sacrifices. All worth it at the end; playing a sport that I love at an international level, nothing can beat that! I’m so proud and I’ll give my all to my teammates, my coaches and my Country! Go Canada Go!!”

“All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise indicated”

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