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Burnaby to be home base for Canadian women's soccer squad
The Canadian women's soccer squad will train out of Burnaby's Fortius Sport and Health Centre as it prepares for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup to be held in Canada and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The team, which was led to a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London by Burnaby native Christine Sinclair and head coach John Herdman, will even reside in the Fortius Lodge rooms at the $61 million facility that also houses sports medicine and training facilities.
"We're delighted to form this collaborative training partnership and to have the opportunity to base our training camps, programs and team staff in Burnaby," said Herdman in a Fortius press release. "Having these amenities and services under one roof will have a significant impact on our Women's National Team Program and I believe will help us reach the goals we've set for ourselves in the key years ahead."
Along with access to the Fortius Pitch, which is connected to Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West, the team will also be able to use its double gymnasium and other training and medical facilities.
"The facility was purpose-built to deliver the widest range of sport and exercise medicine and training services to national teams and performance athletes, but also to serve young people and adults of all ages in their pursuit of sport and active, healthy living," said Lynda Cannell, Fortius chief operating officer in the release. "Having the Canadian Women's National Team Program make us its training home will be a terrific showcase of what our facilities and team of practitioners and training specialists can do."