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28th Gunn Baldursson tournament underway July 3-5


WOLFVILLE - A full weekend of soccer got underway at 3 p.m. July 3 as the Gunn Baldursson Memorial women's soccer tournament kicked off in Wolfville.

In their first action, the Valley United U-14A Tier 1 girls dropped a 3-0 decision to South Shore United on Acadia's Raymond Field. South Shore scored all three of its goals in the second half, breaking open what was a scoreless game at hlftime.

Following the game, the Dairy Farmers of Canada, the presenting sponsor for the tournament, held a kick-off event that featured Canadian Olympic hockey player Natalie Spooner, representing the Fuelling Women Champions campaign.

Spooner spoke to the players, coaches, parents and volunteers in the bleachers about the importance of realizing one's dreams through hard work, dedication and determination.

"There's still quite a gap between the women's and men's games," she said, but at the same time, women's hockey is experiencing a boom in popularity with the success of the Canadian women's Olympic teams.

"When I was growing up, I dreamed of playing in the NHL," said Spooner, who now plays professional women's hockey as well as playing with Team Canada.

"It's really neat to hear young girls today say their dream is to play for the Toronto Fury, the team I play for in the CWHL."

The Baldursson tournament, one of the largest all-female soccer tournments in Eastern Canada with more than 115 participating teams, continues all day July 4 and for part of July 5, when most of the medal games in each division will take place. 

In their first action, the Valley United U-14A Tier 1 girls dropped a 3-0 decision to South Shore United on Acadia's Raymond Field. South Shore scored all three of its goals in the second half, breaking open what was a scoreless game at hlftime.

Following the game, the Dairy Farmers of Canada, the presenting sponsor for the tournament, held a kick-off event that featured Canadian Olympic hockey player Natalie Spooner, representing the Fuelling Women Champions campaign.

Spooner spoke to the players, coaches, parents and volunteers in the bleachers about the importance of realizing one's dreams through hard work, dedication and determination.

"There's still quite a gap between the women's and men's games," she said, but at the same time, women's hockey is experiencing a boom in popularity with the success of the Canadian women's Olympic teams.

"When I was growing up, I dreamed of playing in the NHL," said Spooner, who now plays professional women's hockey as well as playing with Team Canada.

"It's really neat to hear young girls today say their dream is to play for the Toronto Fury, the team I play for in the CWHL."

The Baldursson tournament, one of the largest all-female soccer tournments in Eastern Canada with more than 115 participating teams, continues all day July 4 and for part of July 5, when most of the medal games in each division will take place. 

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