Amy Apps moved to Vancouver in 2001, in order to pursue her dream of playing with the Canadian National Team. Although there were many struggles, Amy impressed everyone with her hard work, fierce determination, and positive attitude. After years of work, for those that knew Amy and the obstacles she had overcome, there was not a dry eye watching her debut for Canada against Germany in September 2005. Amy won this first national team cap, starting at center mid in front of a home crowd in Vancouver, against the top team in the world.
After consistently earning her place in the following Canadian Women’s National Team training camps, Amy was struck with a mysterious neurological illness that left her bed-ridden and unable to exercise for most of 2006. Despite this setback, Amy made a comeback, impressively finding her way onto the Canadian team once again in 2007. Shortly after, she tore her ACL, and because of problems with her knee, was unable to play at the highest level once again. Nevertheless, Amy forever has made an impact on those who had the honor to play with her. Through her actions, Amy taught life lessons to those around her with her determination and positive attitude no matter what adversity she faced.
Currently Amy is working on her physiotherapy degree and will no doubt be an unbelievable resource to those athletes that will be fortunate enough to work with her in the future.
Similarly Amber Allen lived an incredible story and was an example to those whom were fortunate enough to play with her. Amber took four years off of soccer completely after high school, but decided to make a comeback after being inspired at the funeral of a good friend who was a professional athlete and was eulogized as using his talents to the fullest. Within 18 months of stepping on the field once again, Amber was named to the Canadian Women’s National Team in 2002, armed with outstanding speed and scoring ability.
Later that year, Amber’s father was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and she spent the year by his side and away from the field, until his eventual death in late 2002. Subsequently Amber made another improbable comeback, landing herself a starting spot in a game against Brazil in Montreal in 2003, weeks prior to the World Cup team being named. Devastatingly, Amber tore her ACL in this game. She diligently rehabbed, in the hopes of playing in the 2004 Olympics, which unfortunately did not happen as Canada was upset by Mexico in the Olympic qualification tournament. Amber made her way back onto the Canadian team in 2005, but faced another obstacle again in 2006 as she faced surgery to repair a lingering stress fracture in her leg.
Unsurprisingly to everyone that knew her, Amber rebounded from her surgery, again found her form and worked doggedly to gain a spot on the 2007 Canadian Women’s World Cup Team, which she was almost certain to do. Unfortunately, this too was not in the cards, as Amber heartbreakingly broke her leg in a game just prior to the 2007 World Cup, at which point it seemed her soccer career was over.
Subsequently, Amber exceeded what people thought was possible. It was a very emotionally charged atmosphere when Amber was named to the 2008 Olympic team, next to teammates who had witnessed her journey first-hand. She was singled out by Head Coach, Even Pellerud in front of national media for the incredible determination she had shown in being named to the first ever Canadian Women’s Olympic Soccer Team.
Amber currently lives in Vancouver with her husband and baby daughter.