Falcons welcome former Canadian national team soccer player
Credit: COURTESY OF FANSHAWE ATHLETICS
Former Canadian national team player Jade Kovacevic stands proudly in front of the Falcons logo.
“We are extremely excited to have Jade as part of our squad this year,” said women’s soccer head coach James Welsh in a press release. “Jade is a tremendous athlete with a work ethic and attitude that equals her ability. Jade will add to a strong squad and we are looking forward to seeing her experience and leadership in action.”
Kovacevic, 21, was on the Canadian national team from 2010 to 2012. During this time she participated in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago. She also played in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Japan.
“Soccer has opened up so many doors for me and has given me experiences to see the world at a young age,” Kovacevic said. “I am very honoured to have seen and experienced what I have.”
Throughout her experiences Kovacevic believes training has been her favourite part of soccer.
“My favourite overall experience is how much training and preparation it took to play at a high level and the dedication I put into it just made me realize how much I love this game,” Kovacevic said.
“I probably couldn’t live without it.”
Although this is her first year in the soccer program, it is her second year at Fanshawe College.
Previously, Kovacevic attended Louisiana State University, an NCAA Division I school. But this Georgetown, Ontario native chose to give up soccer for a bit to focus on her academics and get her grades on track.
“I knew Fanshawe had an amazing business program offered and I made my way into that and made connections.”
Kovacevic will be graduating this December, but has high hopes for the team this season.
“I’m excited to reach new levels with the team, break some records and hopefully achieve a national championship… I have no doubt in my mind that we can achieve it.”