Celebrating 150 of Canada’s female football heroes (31-40)

31: Marci Kiselyk

32: Kora-Lea Vidal, Edmonton Storm, Calgary Rage, Team Canada 2010

Having played for both the Edmonton Storm and the Calgary Rage, Kora-Lea Vidal has been on both sides of the biggest rivalry in Alberta female football. During her time with the Rage, Vidal’s loyalty to the game and team alike, took on a whole new dimension. Experiencing the milestone of becoming a mom, it was not uncommon for Vidal to have her young child in attendance at home games.

Prior to joining the Rage, Vidal enjoyed the opportunity to be part of an empowering chapter in Canadian female sports. Named to the roster that competed at the inaugural 2010 IFAF Women’s Worlds, contested overseas in Sweden, Vidal (known at the time by her maiden name: Kora-Lea Hooker) contributed towards the Canadian unit garnering a silver medal.

33: Holly Arthur, Halifax Xplosion, Calgary Rage, Team Atlantic

Among an exclusive sorority of female footballers that have graced the gridiron in both the MWFL and the WWCFL, Holly Arthur brought a tremendous dedication to each team that she played for. From competing with Team Atlantic at the inaugural Canadian National Women’s Football Championships in 2012, to her time with the Halifax Xplosion and the Calgary Rage, Arthur was a highly likeable teammate.

Holly Arthur donning the Halifax Xplosion jersey, and football-themed wool hat, during the Halifax Pride Parade (Image obtained from Facebook)

Wearing number 12 with the Xplosion, Arthur established herself as one of the team’s luminaries, gaining a spot on the MWFL All-Star Team. Quite possibly, her greatest highlight with the club was one that actually took place off the field. Serving as one of the defining moments in club lore, one that helped propel the women of Xplosion football into a greater local awareness, she was among the organizers for the Xplosion’s participation in the Halifax Pride Parade.

Upon her arrival to the Rage, making the cross country journey with her family to a new residence in Alberta, Arthur provided a strong veteran presence to a team that already consisted of strong leadership. Considering that the Rage enjoyed many other new recruits during Arthur’s time with the club, her experience from the MWFL allowed her to set a positive example for the recruits who were also novices to the game, allowing for an enjoyable transition.

Wearing number 5 with the WWCFL’s Calgary Rage, Arthur’s helmet is beaded in raindrops (Image obtained from Facebook)

34: Tori Giles

35: Amanda Ruller

36: Jana Taylor, QB, Team Canada 2010

37: Lori Boyles, 2010

38: Mallory Starkey, Team Canada 2013, Regina Riot

39: Kris Chatterton Team Canada 2013, 2017

40: Emilie Belanger, Team Canada 2013, 2017, Regina Riot, Montreal Blitz, Chicago Force

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Author: markstaffieri

A proud supporter of women in sport. My influences in covering women's sport include Andria Hunter and Jaclyn Hawkins. Both are former women’s hockey players who created their own websites, providing a deeper insight for their respective sport. Unable to identify with multi-millionaire male athletes, the role of women in sport is one that provides inspiration while preserving the spirit of sportsmanship. My first exposure to women and sport came through Geraldine Heaney and her legendary goal at the 1990 Women's World Hockey Championships. By composing player profiles on women from all sports, it is my opportunity to give back to the female sporting community by showing gratitude for their hard work and effort. While women's hockey opened the door to a larger yet remarkable world of sport, the quantum leap in women's football and global growth of women's basketball have only helped to fuel my interest in the female game. Some of the athletes that I admire include Caroline Ouellette and Natalie Spooner (hockey), Lolo Jones (track), Connie Fekete and Sami Grisafe (football) plus Anne Erler and Heather Furr (LFL football). Other athletes consist of Sue Bird and Katie Smith (basketball) along with Barbara Mervin and Heather Moyse (rugby). In addition to my efforts on WordPress, I have also contributed to Bleacher Report, the Canadian Women's Hockey League, Hockey Canada, LFL Canada and Women's Hockey Life.

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