Photo by Cole Lawrence
OTTAWA, Ontario – The Carelton Ravens women’s soccer team is pleased to announce Cierra Bedford as the team’s newest recruit.
Name: Cierra Bedford
Hometown: Minesing, ON
High School: Barrie North Collegiate
Soccer Club: Barrie Soccer Club
Position: Centre Mid/Fullback
Favourite National team: Canada
Favourite Club team: TFC
Athlete of the Year – June 2017 – Minesing Central P.S
Ontario Cup Provincial Champion – September 2017 – Barrie SC U14 Girls
Barrie Hall of Fame (Team of the Year Category) – February 2018 – Barrie SC
Robbie International Champions 3 Years in a Row – 2016, 2017, 2018 – Barrie SC U13-U15
Q: Why did you decide to attend Carleton?
I chose Carleton after a couple of visits with the team, a tour of the campus, and multiple talks with Coach Dom. All of these experiences showed me how great the atmosphere at Carleton is, and made me really want to be a part of it.
Q: What part about playing for the Ravens soccer team are you most looking forward to?
The atmosphere around the athletics program, and getting to meet and become close with my new teammates and coaching staff.
Q: How did you get started in soccer?
I started playing soccer for Innisfil house league when I was 4 years old. I played for Springwater house league the following 4 years, and then when I was 9 years old, I tried out for the Barrie Soccer Club and have been playing there ever since.
Q: What is your style of play?
As a player I am very flexible as far as positioning goes, I will play almost anywhere on the pitch, however I prefer to play in the mid where I can attack and play a possession game with my teammates, but also support the defensive players and play out of the back. I think that I am a physical player that will never back away from a tackle, and am always playing with high intensity.
Q: Is there a professional soccer player that you model your game after?
There isn’t any player that I necessarily model my style of play after, however I’ve looked up to Christine Sinclair since the day I knew who she was.
Q: Describe your strengths and some areas for improvement:
I think that my strengths as a player are being able to read and anticipate the game very well, and also my flexibility as far as positioning goes. Some areas I could improve on are my confidence as a player and being willing to take chances and be creative, as well as being quicker on the ball with my decisions.
Q: Which academic program will you be studying and why is that of interest to you?
I will be studying Health Science, as I hope to become a physiotherapist in the future. This became an interest of mine after I injured my knee in 2018 and had to attend physio for a couple of months. Throughout those months I became intrigued by the practice of physiotherapy, and have had a strong interest for it ever since.
Q: What extra-curricular activities do you enjoy?
I enjoy skiing in the winter, and wake surfing in the summer. I played school volley-ball and flag football grades 9-11, and do a ton of different outdoor activities with my family and friends.