Appearing on three Sports Illustrated covers in one year, plus a special edition digital cover, Megan Rapinoe was propelled into superstar status. Additionally, she would also become the first openly gay athlete to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, with a gallery of over 30 photos online, also taking place in 2019.
Required reading for all young women that grace the ice, Offside by Rhonda Leeman Taylor is an important account of the growth of women’s ice hockey. Consisting of fascinating anecdotes, unique stories about club hockey in the 1970s, to the landmark 1982 Women’s National Championships, Leeman Taylor was an integral part of this remarkable time. Introduced to a new generation via Offside, even appearing at the PWHPA Dream Gap Tour event, her appreciation as a key figure in the game’s growth is only truly long overdue, setting a positive example in the modern fight for sporting equality.
Defeating Brazil’s Paulista University in Jinjiang, China, the Ottawa Gee-Gees, a wild card entry in the tournament captured the inaugural FISU University World Cup of Soccer. Mikayla Morton, who calls Courtice, Ontario, her hometown scored the game-winning tally in just the second minute of play, placing a header into the net after Katherine Bearne made a corner kick. Having won the USPORTS women’s soccer championship in 2018, the Gee-Gees earned the right to represent Canada at the tournament.