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Lessard signs with Waterloo U

Lessard signs with Waterloo Warriors

 PCI student-athlete will play soccer and be in the health science co-op program



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By Rob J. Ross 

ST. THOMAS - Tazia Lessard will be dribbling the soccer ball this September with the Waterloo Warriors.

"I chose Waterloo because of the welcoming staff and teammates, the amazing indoor facilities and their health science co-op program," says Lessard. "One of my goals was definitely to continue to play soccer at an university level and another would be trying to improve my game (speed of play, technical abilities, etc.)."

Waterloo's health science co-op program appealed to Lessard, because the Grade 12 student will gain hands on experience for medical school.

The centreback started her soccer career in St. Thomas and has been playing with the London Whitecaps since 2017.

"Tazia is a physical player that sees the field well and will be a good setup player for our program," said Waterloo head coach John O'Brien.

"I'd like to thank my family (parents Tyler and Krissy, sister Payton, brother Daxton) and my coaches, Dave Peak, Nicole McDonald and Gerry Safadi, for believing in me and pushing me to achieve my goals," said Lessard.

A cafeteria staple is among the memories Lessard will take from Parkside.

"I'll remember my favourite and most influential teachers, guidance counsellors and coaches, the great friends I made through classes and school sports and the caf poutine."

Lessard has only her Grade nine year playing soccer at Parkside, but like all Stampeder soccer players, is hopeful for a season this spring.

In 2020, Lessard was a co-winner for junior female athlete of the year.






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