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B.C.'s first female soccer players honoured as pioneers

They pushed past barriers and earned the right to play the sport they love.

They pushed past barriers and earned the right to play the sport they love

B.C. first female soccer players honoured

Our Vancouver

6 years ago
7:38
Coquitlam puts Blue Mountain Soccer League first female teams into Sports Hall of Fame 7:38

Women's soccer is growing in popularity and in downtown Vancouver fans are flocking to BC Place to watch the FIFA Women`s World Cup.

But just a few decades ago, women in B.C. were told they couldn`t play soccer professionally.

Anne Russell and Kerry Rupert Olohan are the women who changed that. 

Sick of siting on the sidelines and watching her brothers play, Russell says, at the age of nine, she made it her mission to join a proper team. After much pushing for recognition, her female league was allowed to play in the city's Sun Cup sponsored by the Vancouver Sun. 

Now Russell and the Ohoham's Blue Mountain Club of Coquitlam are being inducted into Coquitlam`s Sports Hall of Fame June 18th.

Watch the video above to hear Russell and Olohan chat with Our Vancouver's Duncan McCue about how they managed to change soccer for women in B.C. 

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