After making history with the Canadian women’s soccer team at the London 2012 Summer Games, Kaylyn Klye, Lauren Sesselmann and Emily Zurrer are ready for their close-up. The trio was featured in Sportsnet Magazine’s Beauty of Sports issue. With the soccer contingent winning Canada’s first medal in a Summer Games team sport this century, Canadian sports fans have a new group of heroes to cheer for.
Flown to Las Vegas, photographer Matt Barnes captured their captivating beauty throughout various Vegas venues. Kaylyn Klye, a 24-year old from Saskatoon was part of the Canadian team that also captured the gold medal at the 2011 Pan Am Games. Photographed at the Moorea Beach Club, Mandalay Bay and the Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage, Kyle modeled swimsuits from BCBGMAXAZRIA, Victoria’s Secret and Under Armour.
Originally hailing from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Lauren Sesselmann is a member of the red and white. At 29, she brings a veteran presence to the pitch. Like Kyle, she was also part of the 2011 Pan Am gold medalists. Like Kyle, some of her shots were taken at the Moorea Beach Club and the Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage, while the remainder was at Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden. In addition to swimsuits from Victoria’s Secret and Cascata, she modeled accessories from H&M, along with Target.
Emily Zurrer brings a Pacific flavor to the trio. Hailing from Crofton, British Columbia, the 26 year-old was adorned in Victoria’s Secret at the Moorea, while featuring accessories from Ray-Ban and H&M. She is also a teammate of Kyle’s with the Seattle Reign. Professionally, her career also included stops in Sweden (Dalsjofors GoIF), Germany (SG Essen-Schonebeck) and with Vancouver Whitecaps.
As a student at the University of Illinois, she was a three-time All-America selection, along with three nods to the All-Big Ten team. Like Kyle, she also has a charitable side which was evident in her involvement with Illinois’ Hometown Heroes program.
With a career that has included 50 caps with the Canadian National Team; she made her debut on July 3, 2004 at the tender age of 16. In a friendly against the United States, she played with legendary Canadian player Charmaine Hooper.
It would take another seven years before Zurrer would score her first goal for Canada. As part of a first place performance at the 2011 Cyprus Cup, it would prove to be an event to remember. Said goal was scored in a 1-0 triumph over Scotland. She would follow it up with the game-winning goal against Netherlands to clinch first place.
Born in Wisconsin, Lauren Sesselmann is a versatile player that can handle the forward and defender positions. As her father was born in Newfoundland (her mother was born in Michigan), she would claim Canadian citizenship in 2010. Although her first cap for Canada came at the age of 28, her veteran presence showed as she competed in the full 90 minutes.
Growing up, she admired Michelle Akers and Mia Hamm and would help her high school to a state championship. From 2001 to 2005, she would compete for Purdue University Boilermakers. After her collegiate career, she would hold six program records. Like Zurrer, she was also selected to the First Team All-Big Ten.
Professionally, she would compete with various franchises in the United States while accumulating 14 goals. Starring with FC Indiana in the W-League, she later moved on to the Atlanta Beat (where Hope Solo was a teammate) in Women’s Professional Soccer. This year, she is a member of FC Kansas City in the newly formed National Women’s Soccer League.
While she was also selected as the Sports Babe of the Day on the popular female sports site Babes Dig Balls, Kaylyn Kyle has a compassion that encompasses her inner beauty.
Serving as a Right To Play Ambassador, Kyle’s commitment in ensuring that the values of the best practices of sport and play can reach those in less fortunate parts of the world is a strong passion. In 2009, she was part of a fund raising effort with the National Team in which every goal scored and every shutout earned would result in a donation to Right to Play.
As a teenager, she competed with the University of Saskatchewan and made her debut for the national team in 2008 as a 19 year-old. Professionally, Kyle has competed with the Vancouver Whitecaps of the W-League (where Zurrer was a teammate in 2010), Pieta IF in Sweden’s Damallsvenskan and is a current member of the Seattle Reign in the NWSL.
While the 2012 London Summer Games was the coming-out party for Kyle, she paid her dues by representing Canada in two Under-20 World Cups. In 2008, FIFA’s Under-20 Technical Study Group noted she had excellent awareness of defensive duties, good timing of passes and composure in possession. She is one of only 26 women that have played in at least 50 games for Canada.
Looking as comfortable in a swimsuit as she does in a soccer jersey, it may come as no surprise that fashion is another of her great interests. With ambitions to be involved in the fashion industry once she hangs up her jersey for good, there is no question that the camera loves Kyle.
Photo credit to Matt Barnes