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West Island soccer star Rhian Wilkinson named head coach of women’s youth teams

Former Canadian international Rhian Wilkinson, left, has been appointed head coach of the Canadian women's under-17 and under-20 soccer teams. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Eugenio Savio

Former Canadian international Rhian Wilkinson has been appointed head coach of the Canadian women’s under-17 and under-20 soccer teams.

The 37-year-old Wilkinson will remain an assistant coach to Kenneth Heiner-Moller with the senior side.

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Wilkinson won 181 caps for Canada in a distinguished playing career that stretched from 2003 to 2017. She took part in four World Cups and three Olympics.

A native of Pointe-Claire, Que, who now makes her home in Vancouver, Wilkinson most recently served as head coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite program.

Wilkinson starts a six-day under-20 camp on Sunday in Burnaby, B.C.

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