WolfPack women’s soccer sign Smithers forward (Gammie)

  Posted on: April 3, 2018

WolfPack soccer recruit Chantal Gammie (Larry Read photo)

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer program has gone to the Northwest part of the province for their latest recruit.

The ‘Pack and head coach Kelly Shantz are announcing that  5’6” forward Chantal Gammie of Smithers Secondary is joining the program effective August of this year.

Gammie plays for the Bulkley Valley Soccer Society along with the Fusion Football club (Greater Vancouver area) in the BC Soccer Premier League and will be taking courses in the Bachelor of Arts program at Thompson Rivers University.

“The smaller class size and sense of community are the main reasons why I chose Thompson Rivers,” says Gammie who played high school soccer with current WolfPack player Robin Price.   “It’s a great opportunity to play with a young team as its being built up.”

Gammie says her determination and her hard work ethic are her main strengths and chose Thompson Rivers over Simon Fraser and UNBC to attend.  “I have seen a Canada West match and know it will be a jump for me because of the experience and game smarts of the athletes.

Her coach for the last year with Fusion has been Danny Vaughn.  “She is a special player, “he says. “She plays in my front three. Anywhere that you can score goals you’ll find Chantal.  Athletically she is one of the most gifted players that I have been able to work with.  She will run until she can’t move anymore and without a doubt, bag a few goals as well.”

He goes onto say that even though she doesn’t play with his team all the time, she quickly adapted to the ‘team dynamic’. “She fit in like she had been here since day one. One of my hardest working and fittest players. Chantal came onto a team that already had a quality striker (Maya Morrell).  Things are always different but the two have found an excellent partnership and they both strive to make each other better.  The fun one to watch this fall will be when they play against each other in league (Morrell will be attending MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta).  I’m looking forward to seeing what Chantal can accomplish at the Canada West level.”

Gammie and other WolfPack recruits were in Kamloops for a mini camp in February.  “It was really cool to be at the minicamp and see how the team dynamic was. It will help me as I move forward towards training camp in August because I will have an idea on what to expect and how things are run.”

Says coach Shantz about Gammie,” Through a tip from Robin and our Men’s Coach John Antulov through the Whitecaps Academy I started following Chantal and her unusual journeys from Smithers, BC to play wherever she can. Chantal and her family made regular trips as a guest player to Fusion FC of the BC High Performance League, and whenever I could catch her games she stood out. Chantal has a natural ability for the game that needs a year round soccer environment to polish. She is a solid athlete who moves well, is strong on the ball and has very good speed. She scored more than a couple goals in games I watched instinctively flowing into the right places and being hungry for scoring opportunities. Her athleticism means I can use her up front in a pure striker role or from the wings as an outside midfielder. Welcome Chantal, we look forward to getting started!”

Gammie is the latest in a series of Smithers athletes including Price and cross country runner Jayden Haskins to choose Thompson Rivers to study and compete.  “I think TRU is becoming popular with athletes from my community because it is smaller than some other universities and coming from a small town is definitely an appeal.”

She becomes the WolfPack’s fourth women’s soccer recruit for 2018-19 following Julia Burkart of Nelson, BC and Kamloops natives Ainsley Grether and Avery Gilbert.

 

 

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