Team Canada’s Jordyn Huitema of Chilliwack passes the ball Aug. 6, 2021 during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Women’s Football gold medal match between Canada and Sweden at the International Stadium Yokohama in Tokyo, Japan. (Daniel Lea/CSM)

Red, white and gold celebration in store for Jordyn Huitema of Chilliwack

Celebrate gold medal in women's soccer earned by Team Canada on Aug. 11 at Exhibition Field

When the Canadian women’s soccer team, including Chilliwack’s own Jordyn Huitema, won their first gold medal on Friday at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, it made history.

In order to celebrate this historic win for Canada, the public is invited to wear red and white and join Jordyn Huitema on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. at Exhibition Field for a special event organized by City of Chilliwack.

The event will feature a procession and ceremony, followed by a meet-and-greet with Huitema.

“Following the Canadian women’s soccer team’s journey was a thrill for many Canadians, and a little bit more so for us here in Chilliwack,” said Mayor Ken Popove.

Huitema was born and raised in Chilliwack, and started playing soccer at the age of 4. The forward and Chilliwack FC alum has played for Surrey United, and the Vancouver Whitecaps, before moving on to play for Paris Saint-Germain Football Club in France.

“At 20 years old, Jordyn is already a highly decorated player, demonstrating her immense skill and talent,” said Popove.

“Chilliwack is looking forward to celebrating many more wins with her.”

Now an Olympic gold medalist, Huitema has represented Canada many times, and was the first player in Canadian soccer history to score for the U-17s, U-20s, and senior national team in one calendar year.

Exhibition Field parking is accessed off of 45530 Spadina Avenue. The event on Wednesday will follow public health orders, and attendees will be asked to follow directional signage and practise physical distancing.

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