Kora-Lea Vidal and her brush with Canadian football history

With the news that the 2013 LFL Canada season was postponed, it prevented fans from witnessing a rare accomplishment in Canadian women’s football history. Women’s tackle football legend Kora-Lea Vidal was among the original group of players selected for the roster of the expansion Calgary Fillies in LFL Canada’s second season.

Running for Canada at the inaugural 2010 IFAF Women's Worlds

Running for Canada at the inaugural 2010 IFAF Women’s Worlds

It would have marked the first time that a women’s football player had competed with the Canadian National Women’s Team, the Western Women’s Canadian Football League and the Legends Football League. Such a unique triple crown would have been a remarkable way to launch the franchise.

For fans that have followed Vidal’s career, she is no stranger to making history. Measuring in at 5’2”, the 26 year-old is a spitfire of high energy. Her first brush came in 2010 as the IFAF launched the inaugural Women’s World Football Championships. Donning number 36 with the Canadian national team, she competed as a running back in all three games at the tournament.

Tackled by a gang of Swedish players as her 21-yard output reflected her best performance at the 2010 Women's Worlds.

Tackled by a gang of Swedish players as her 21-yard output reflected her best performance at the 2010 Women’s Worlds.


Starting with wins over Germany and Sweden, her run with the Canadian contingent reached its pinnacle in a silver medal finish versus the United States. Statistically, she ranked fifth on Canadian contingent in rushing while her best performance was a 21 yard effort versus Sweden

A few weeks after the IFAF Women’s Worlds, Vidal also had the opportunity to help her club team to a league championship. Competing with the Edmonton Storm in the former Western Canadian Female Football League (a predecessor to the WWCFL), she helped her club cruise to a 36-8 margin of victory over the Lethbridge Steel.

One of the most famous women’s football photos, Vidal was tackled by Catherine Tams of the Lethbridge Steel during the WCFFL title game on July 24, 2010. As a member of the Edmonton Storm, Vidal helped the squad to a 36-8 victory. (Image by: Larry Wong, Edmonton Juornal)

One of the most famous women’s football photos, Vidal was tackled by Catherine Tams of the Lethbridge Steel during the WCFFL title game on July 24, 2010. As a member of the Edmonton Storm, Vidal helped the squad to a 36-8 victory. (Image by: Larry Wong, Edmonton Juornal)

Since then, she has moved on to become one of the veteran leaders for the Calgary Rage of the Western Women’s Canadian Football League. Rage fans know her as a leader, a fan favorite and a role model. Working tirelessly towards bringing a championship to the city for the first time in league history, her leadership is a vital component with a squad that had several new faces over the past season. Her efforts are accompanied by Rage wide receiver Jennifer McLean, who was also poised to be part of the Fillies inaugural player roster.

With her son Evander (Image obtained from Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lflkoralea)

With her son Evander (Image obtained from Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lflkoralea)

Prior to the launch of the 2013 WWCFL season, Vidal engaged in the most impressive feat of her storied career; motherhood. Having given birth to a son named Evander, he has already been on the sidelines with friends and family for some of her games with the Calgary Rage. Self-employed as a personal trainer, Vidal has also participated in the Sports Sandbags athlete training series. Demonstrating how the 25-pound Sporting Sandbag can be used for lower body exercises, she displays what makes her an elite athlete.

Donning the Calgary Rage colors (Image by Candice Ward Photography)

Donning the Calgary Rage colors (Image by Candice Ward Photography)

Although LFL Canada has postponed the launch of its second season in 2014, it is unsure whether Vidal or any other members of the Rage shall be part of the Fillies roster. As a highly conditioned athlete, a mother and a confident individual, she had all the qualities to emerge as the face of the Fillies franchise.

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