Now in her third year in the Girls Elite program, Jones was named co-recipient of the Most Promising Player award at the 2012 Whitecaps FC Player Awards presented by BMO.
WHITECAPS FC GIRLS ELITE
Jones, 16, was selected as an underage player to join Whitecaps FC’s Girls Elite program in September 2012. She has been a standout performer ever since – for both Whitecaps FC and Canada’s youth national team system. The North Vancouver, BC, native played every minute of every game to help the ’Caps claim the Gothia Cup championship in Sweden and Team British Columbia win a gold medal at the 2013 Canada Games. Internationally, Jones has attended camps for Canada’s U-15, U-17, and U-20 teams and is currently away with Canada in preparation for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifying.
In 2003, Rachel began her soccer career at North Shore Girls Soccer Club, where she played youth soccer until 2009. She was a member of the U-11 and U-12 Whitecaps Prospects from 2007-2009. She then moved to Girls Metro League Soccer Club for two seasons (2009, 2010). For the 2011/2012 season, Rachel played in the BC Soccer Premier League, while also playing for the U-15 Provincial team. Previously, she was a member of the U-13 and U-14 Provincial teams.
As a student, Rachel attends Sutherland Secondary School in North Vancouver, from where she plans to graduate in 2015. Her parents are Karen and Toby Jones, and she has one sibling, Max.
Rachel’s favourite soccer player is Christine Sinclair, and she dreams of playing in BC Place Stadium in front of a full house. Her main superstition is to wear a white headband while playing in matches. Outside of soccer, Rachel participates in track and field, cross-country running, and volleyball.
Now in her second year in the Girls Elite program, Jones was named co-recipient of the Most Promising Player award at the 2012 Whitecaps FC Player Awards presented by BMO.