Desiree Scott looks back on 2005 Canada Games experience

It’s a long way from Winnipeg to the World Cup and the Olympics, but Desiree Scott made the journey.

Since competing with Team Manitoba at the 2005 Canada Summer Games in Regina, she’s gone on to star with the Canadian women’s soccer team at the Olympics, the Women’s World Cup and she’s currently with FC Kansas City in the National Women’s Soccer league.

Scott, 29, said the Canada Summer Games was a key step on her journey to future success.

“It definitely prepared me,” she said. “I think that the first time you experience a Games of that caliber, it’s sort of like a mini-Olympics. I think just preparing for something and goal setting and preparing to represent myself at the highest level was something that led me along the way to get to the Olympics.”

Being part of the 2005 Canada Summer Games was an amazing experience for Scott.

“It was incredible to be part of a team, not just a soccer team but a Manitoba team as a whole,” she said. “Just to get into the athletes village and experience athletes from all the different provinces, wearing the colours was pretty cool.”

She remembers going into the stadium with her teammates for the Opening Ceremonies.  

“I just remember the cheer, ‘Go, go buffalo!’”, she said with a smile. “It was 10 years ago but it stays in my mind. Being together as part of a team towards a goal was pretty incredible.”

Looking back now at her experience in the Games, she has some advice for the athletes competing in Winnipeg next summer.

“Enjoy the experience and the journey,” she said. “It’s an incredible experience being at the Games, remember the hard work always pays off, and enjoy the ride.”

While the 29-year old is nicknamed “the Destroyer” for her style of play, she’s a firm believer in giving back to the community. She leads soccer camps for girls, and is active with KidSport Winnipeg and the Homeless World Cup.

“It’s incredibly important to give back to the community,” she said. “I’m a proud Winnipegger and it’s something I love to do, working with kids and sharing my experiences I’ve learned through my soccer career and giving back to those kids.”

She hopes she can inspire the next generation of young soccer players.

“I think they look up to us as role models,” she said. “I try to be a positive role model and give them something to look forward to and dream towards. People want to get in our shoes one day and I just want to be that little stepping stone to make that possible.”