Hamilton to rename Ancaster soccer field after Olympian Melissa Tancredi

News Aug 02, 2017 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Ancaster native and Olympian Melissa Tancredi will be getting a field named  in her honour.

Hamilton politicians are expected to approve the renaming of the Ancaster Community Centre field on Jerseyville Road after Tancredi in early August.

“She is such a role model for female soccer players and also for females in general,” said Zach Muraca, director of fields and equipment for the Ancaster Soccer Club.

Muraca said Tancredi has been such a positive influence not only on the soccer club, but also on the entire Ancaster community.

“She has made such a contribution to the area,” he said.

In a letter to council’s July 20 facility subcommittee, Ancaster Soccer Club president Stefano Girgenti stated the organization’s board of directors unanimously approved a motion requesting councillors rename the field after Tancredi.

“It was quite amazing to see the community come together in order to recognize not only the most successful athlete to come out of the Ancaster community, but one of the best female soccer players in the world of this generation,” said Girgenti.

He said more than 800 people signed a petition for the renaming.

The facility subcommittee was unable to approve the renaming request at its July meeting because not enough councillors attended. Instead, Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson, who supported the idea, suggested staff include its recommendation for the Aug. 14 general issues committee meeting. It is expected to be approved by council at its Aug. 18 meeting.

Muraca said the ceremony to rename the field after Tancredi will be done at the beginning of the next soccer season, even though “we wanted to do it as soon as possible.”

He said the club is in the process of making improvements to the field, including replacing the goalposts, upgrading the existing bleachers, replacing the field and installing a scoreboard. He said the club has already secured private sponsors to help pay the costs.

“We will make this one of the best grass fields in the city,” he said.

Muraca said the club approached Tancredi first to see if she would agree to the honour.

In a letter to the subcommittee, Tancredi wrote: “I am honoured to have the committee review the request.”

Tancredi is a three-time Olympian. She was Canada’s second leading scorer in the 2012 London Olympics, where the national team defeated France 1-0 for the bronze medal. In May 2015 she played in her 100th career match for Canada, and competed in her third FIFA Women’s World Cup. She was part of the squad that won the 2016 Algarve Cup. Canada also won Olympic bronze in Rio in 2016.

Tancredi first competed with the senior national team in 2004 and scored her first international goal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Tancredi, 35, began playing soccer at the age of four. At Cathedral High School she played soccer, volleyball and track. She played for the under-19 provincial team and Burlington Sting Club, assisting the team in winning the Canadian title and Ontario Cup.

She attended the University of Notre Dame from 2000-04 and helped the Irish win the NCAA national championship in 2004. She graduated in 2005 with a bachelor of arts in premedicine and anthropology.

From 2004-14 she played professional soccer in both the United States and Europe. In early 2017 she retired from Canada’s national team.

In 2014 she earned her masters in sports science and rehabilitation, and her doctorate of chiropractic from Logan University. She is a doctor of chiropractic practising out of two clinics in British Columbia.

Tancredi has returned to Ancaster to help run soccer camps, for youths ages 10 to 16, in June and September.

Hamilton to rename Ancaster soccer field after Olympian Melissa Tancredi

News Aug 02, 2017 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Ancaster native and Olympian Melissa Tancredi will be getting a field named  in her honour.

Hamilton politicians are expected to approve the renaming of the Ancaster Community Centre field on Jerseyville Road after Tancredi in early August.

“She is such a role model for female soccer players and also for females in general,” said Zach Muraca, director of fields and equipment for the Ancaster Soccer Club.

Muraca said Tancredi has been such a positive influence not only on the soccer club, but also on the entire Ancaster community.

“She has made such a contribution to the area,” he said.

In a letter to council’s July 20 facility subcommittee, Ancaster Soccer Club president Stefano Girgenti stated the organization’s board of directors unanimously approved a motion requesting councillors rename the field after Tancredi.

“It was quite amazing to see the community come together in order to recognize not only the most successful athlete to come out of the Ancaster community, but one of the best female soccer players in the world of this generation,” said Girgenti.

He said more than 800 people signed a petition for the renaming.

The facility subcommittee was unable to approve the renaming request at its July meeting because not enough councillors attended. Instead, Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson, who supported the idea, suggested staff include its recommendation for the Aug. 14 general issues committee meeting. It is expected to be approved by council at its Aug. 18 meeting.

Muraca said the ceremony to rename the field after Tancredi will be done at the beginning of the next soccer season, even though “we wanted to do it as soon as possible.”

He said the club is in the process of making improvements to the field, including replacing the goalposts, upgrading the existing bleachers, replacing the field and installing a scoreboard. He said the club has already secured private sponsors to help pay the costs.

“We will make this one of the best grass fields in the city,” he said.

Muraca said the club approached Tancredi first to see if she would agree to the honour.

In a letter to the subcommittee, Tancredi wrote: “I am honoured to have the committee review the request.”

Tancredi is a three-time Olympian. She was Canada’s second leading scorer in the 2012 London Olympics, where the national team defeated France 1-0 for the bronze medal. In May 2015 she played in her 100th career match for Canada, and competed in her third FIFA Women’s World Cup. She was part of the squad that won the 2016 Algarve Cup. Canada also won Olympic bronze in Rio in 2016.

Tancredi first competed with the senior national team in 2004 and scored her first international goal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Tancredi, 35, began playing soccer at the age of four. At Cathedral High School she played soccer, volleyball and track. She played for the under-19 provincial team and Burlington Sting Club, assisting the team in winning the Canadian title and Ontario Cup.

She attended the University of Notre Dame from 2000-04 and helped the Irish win the NCAA national championship in 2004. She graduated in 2005 with a bachelor of arts in premedicine and anthropology.

From 2004-14 she played professional soccer in both the United States and Europe. In early 2017 she retired from Canada’s national team.

In 2014 she earned her masters in sports science and rehabilitation, and her doctorate of chiropractic from Logan University. She is a doctor of chiropractic practising out of two clinics in British Columbia.

Tancredi has returned to Ancaster to help run soccer camps, for youths ages 10 to 16, in June and September.

Hamilton to rename Ancaster soccer field after Olympian Melissa Tancredi

News Aug 02, 2017 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Ancaster native and Olympian Melissa Tancredi will be getting a field named  in her honour.

Hamilton politicians are expected to approve the renaming of the Ancaster Community Centre field on Jerseyville Road after Tancredi in early August.

“She is such a role model for female soccer players and also for females in general,” said Zach Muraca, director of fields and equipment for the Ancaster Soccer Club.

Muraca said Tancredi has been such a positive influence not only on the soccer club, but also on the entire Ancaster community.

“She has made such a contribution to the area,” he said.

In a letter to council’s July 20 facility subcommittee, Ancaster Soccer Club president Stefano Girgenti stated the organization’s board of directors unanimously approved a motion requesting councillors rename the field after Tancredi.

“It was quite amazing to see the community come together in order to recognize not only the most successful athlete to come out of the Ancaster community, but one of the best female soccer players in the world of this generation,” said Girgenti.

He said more than 800 people signed a petition for the renaming.

The facility subcommittee was unable to approve the renaming request at its July meeting because not enough councillors attended. Instead, Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson, who supported the idea, suggested staff include its recommendation for the Aug. 14 general issues committee meeting. It is expected to be approved by council at its Aug. 18 meeting.

Muraca said the ceremony to rename the field after Tancredi will be done at the beginning of the next soccer season, even though “we wanted to do it as soon as possible.”

He said the club is in the process of making improvements to the field, including replacing the goalposts, upgrading the existing bleachers, replacing the field and installing a scoreboard. He said the club has already secured private sponsors to help pay the costs.

“We will make this one of the best grass fields in the city,” he said.

Muraca said the club approached Tancredi first to see if she would agree to the honour.

In a letter to the subcommittee, Tancredi wrote: “I am honoured to have the committee review the request.”

Tancredi is a three-time Olympian. She was Canada’s second leading scorer in the 2012 London Olympics, where the national team defeated France 1-0 for the bronze medal. In May 2015 she played in her 100th career match for Canada, and competed in her third FIFA Women’s World Cup. She was part of the squad that won the 2016 Algarve Cup. Canada also won Olympic bronze in Rio in 2016.

Tancredi first competed with the senior national team in 2004 and scored her first international goal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Tancredi, 35, began playing soccer at the age of four. At Cathedral High School she played soccer, volleyball and track. She played for the under-19 provincial team and Burlington Sting Club, assisting the team in winning the Canadian title and Ontario Cup.

She attended the University of Notre Dame from 2000-04 and helped the Irish win the NCAA national championship in 2004. She graduated in 2005 with a bachelor of arts in premedicine and anthropology.

From 2004-14 she played professional soccer in both the United States and Europe. In early 2017 she retired from Canada’s national team.

In 2014 she earned her masters in sports science and rehabilitation, and her doctorate of chiropractic from Logan University. She is a doctor of chiropractic practising out of two clinics in British Columbia.

Tancredi has returned to Ancaster to help run soccer camps, for youths ages 10 to 16, in June and September.