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Pint-sized dribblers meet national soccer star Erin McLeod

Erin McLeod (centre), a goalkeeper with the national women
Erin McLeod (centre), a goalkeeper with the national women's soccer team, with (from left) Richmond Girls Soccer U-7 coach Ciaran McMahon; players Makayla, Diya, Anna and Naseeb; and Rishi Bakshi, operations manager of Boyd Autobody and Glass Richmond.
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Some small soccer strikers had a chance to meet one of the game's best last week at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

On Jan. 24 young players with Richmond Girls Soccer U-7 met Erin McLeod, the goalkeeper of the Canadian women's national soccer team. McLeod shared her story, showed the girls a few tricks and brought along her bronze medal from the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Rishi Bakshi, operations manager of Boyd Autobody and Glass Richmond, organized the meet-and-greet with McLeod, one of his clients. The Canadian star told the girls that her road to success started with community soccer—on a team just like they're a part of.

"She explained to them the values of sportsmanship and being a part of a team and doing their best even if they lose," said Bakshi, a soccer dad who also played the game in Richmond for 14 years.

McLeod posed for photographs with the girls, and Bakshi said it was a huge experience for them to meet such an accomplished athlete.

McLeod also encouraged the girls to cheer on Canada's women when they compete on home turf in 2015, when Canada hosts the FIFA Women's World Cup

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