Name: Desiree Scott
CAN Fund Recipient Since: 2011
2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB
How does being a CAN Fund Recipient make a difference for you?
CAN Fund has had a massive impact on my journey, by providing me with the opportunity to train at my best with the support of their funding! CAN Fund support helps to alleviate the pressure and worry of financial concerns that come with training at the highest level. For example, CAN Fund helps with things like equipment, facility use, nutrition and supplements, extra/supplemental training (specialized/personal).
Share 3 words to describe what CAN Fund is to you:
Generous, Supportive, Proud Canadians
Think of someone who has impacted your life. Share 3 words that embody who they are to you.
My Mom – Selfless, Supportive, Loving
My mother has been the rock in my life and one person who has given me constant support, advice and always pushed me to continue even at the hardest of times because she saw the potential in me. Not only did she sacrifice her time, money and energy on me by driving me every single week/weekend to training and games but she was ALWAYS there and remained constant through the ups and downs of my career.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
To enjoy each and every moment, both the good and the bad as they are part of what makes me and my journey so unique. Also, to smile through it all remembering at the end of the day just how lucky I am.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned to get to where you are today?
That HARD WORK PAYS OFF and the importance of self-belief. Many people will support you, many more will doubt you but if the belief in yourself is strong enough, pairing that with hard work and dedication then anything that you set out to achieve is possible.
What is next? What are your current goals?
30 days away from one of the biggest sporting events of my life – the FIFA Women’s World Cup here this summer, so preparing and training for that with the Canadian Women’s Soccer team, The goal is to WIN and be crowned champions and get on the podium this summer. Next will be to head back to my club team in the FA-WSL in England and Win the FA CUP final (which will be played at Wembley stadium ) and hopefully win the league if not be in the top two to then play in Champions League the following year. After that ,2016 preparing for the upcoming Olympic qualifiers/Olympics in Rio. Life goals: as soon as time permits, to finish my degree, get into Education and get my masters with guidance and family counselling as well as give back to the kids in my community by coaching and running soccer camps. And lastly teaching my own zumba classes!
A memorable moment for me was when I ran my 1st Annual KidSport Camp this past year in Winnipeg where all proceeds went to charity. The fact I was able to give back to a KidSport, an organization that helped keep me on the field playing the sport I love growing up was not only important for me but special as well to see where I came from to where I am now. Being able to interact directly with the kids and give them a glimpse into who Desiree Scott is not only as a soccer player but as a person was awesome, and to see how happy they were to be able to be on the same field as me and have them say they want to be a soccer player one day, or they are my biggest fans etc. J ust to see the pure excitement on their faces when they ask me to sign everything in their bags from cleats and crocks to faces and bananas. These moments are the ones that continue to push me to be the best me possible, both on the field and as a role model. To see the positive impact I can have on the younger generation is pretty special and drives me on a daily basis!