BMO Academy Centre Players of the Month

Academy Centre Players of the Month - October 2019

Whitecaps FC Academy Centres are a network of regional training hubs linked through key staff, curriculum, and standards that provide professional supplemental club training for serious, motivated players. Whitecaps FC currently have a network from coast to coast, including locations in Kamloops, the Kootenays, Manitoba, Northern BC, the Okanagan, Squamish, Vancouver, and Vancouver Island, as well as in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. For more information, visit and select the academy in your region.

Below are the Whitecaps FC Academy Centre Players of the Month for October 2019.

BMO Alberta South Academy Centre
Name: Madison Rayner
Birth Year: 2008
What his coach says: "Madison has had a very bright start to the Fall phase. Her ability to break a line with a dribble makes her a dangerous player and she has improved her ability to receive with both feet over the summer. Her positive and competitive approach to training inspires her peers to raise the level of their performance and she is a delight to coach. Keep it up Madison!"
Name: Alex Bohnet
Birth Year: 2007
What his coach says: "Alex has been consistent in our Academy for the past couple of years and he has evidently shown vast improvement in all our club player habits that we are teaching. In particular, he has improved his ability take a directional touch out his body as he receives which demonstrates technical improvement. In addition his attitude and approach to training is always first class. Good work Alex."
Name: Tony Fisher
Birth Year: 2008
What his coach says: "This is Tony's first Academy phase having impressed at one of our Summer camps. Tony is a difference maker in possession and we are really excited to develop his potential. He has the ability to break opposition lines with his explosive turn of pace and high game IQ. He also has strong technical foundations. Tony is a tough and competitive trainer and we look forward to seeing him grow with our club. Keep making an impact Tony."
Name: Emily Pecek
Birth Year: 2007
What her coach says: "Emily has impressed her coaches this phase with her individual player habits in possession. She has demonstrated calmness on the ball under pressure and her high game IQ helps her make consistently effective decisions. Technically, she has good ability to open up and receive out of her body which helps her execute her next action. Emily is also a competitive trainer with a very likeable personality. Keep it up Emily."
Name: Brooklynn Kendell
Birth Year: 2008
What her coach says: "Brooklynn is in her first phase of the Academy and has already left a very positive impression on the coaches. She is determined to get better and it is evident that she has been paying close attention to the homework tasks that have been sent. This attitude to self-improve will see her grow further. Already, we are seeing her ability to retain the ball in tight areas of the field significantly improve which has made her move more comfortably and confidently with the ball. Keep making strides Brooklynn!"
Name: Nathan Park
Birth Year: 2007
What his coach says: "Nathan has been in our Academy for the past year and was recently deservedly selected for our Alberta summer showcase team. He has carried on that good form into the Fall phase with commanding training performances. His awareness to make consistent, effective decisions has really impressed the coaches - in particularly his ability to recognize when to break lines with a dribble/pass or when to retain the ball. He is also a leader in the group - a key characteristic we look for in our players."
Name: Ben and Riley Toye
Birth Year: 2011
What their coach says: "Ben and Riley are twin brothers who both deserve to be joint players of the month. They have demonstrated incredible talent in particular in 1v1 moments. They have slightly different special qualities at the moment. Riley has fantastic close control and has no fear to beat defenders individually even if there are two or three defenders around him. Meanwhile, Ben has great awareness and recognizes moments to release the ball to players in a better position to score than him. They are also very positive with their teammates and competitive trainers. We are delighted to coach them both and look forward to many more years!"
Name: Kamble Paterson
Birth Year: 2008
What her coach says: "Kamble was selected for our Alberta Academy Centre summer showcase team where she excelled and her talent is shining again. What set's Kamble apart from her peers is her vision to play the penetrating pass which breaks opposition lines. She has really improved her receiving skills, consistently taking her touch away from pressure which gives her more time and space on the ball. She also has a tremendously positive spirit to training and playing games. We are really excited to develop Kamble's game further. "

BMO Mainland Academy Centres 

Fraser Valley

Name: Jaxson Saynor
Birth Year: 2010
What his coaches say: "Jaxson has had an excellent start to the 2019 Fall Phase. In addition to Jaxson’s excellent work rate, Jaxson has built on an already solid technical foundation. Jaxson has found even further success with breaking lines and making penetrating passes to create scoring opportunities for teammates. Keep up the great work Jaxson!"
Name: Brynna Dow
Birth Year: 2009
What her coaches say: "Brynna has shown a fantastic attitude and application in every session this Fall. Brynna has impressed coaches with her ability in 1v1 situations and desire to try out new moves in each session. Additionally, Brynna brings plenty of energy weekly and her enthusiasm rubs off on the rest of the group. Well done Brynna!"
Name: Bo Dunn
Birth Year: 2010
What her coaches say: "Bo works hard during every training session and has shown great strides in her development over the last month. She has grown her confidence to take players on in 1v1 situations and has a strong mentality when defending. Congrats Bo! Keep it up!”
Name: David Qu
Birth Year: 2011
What her coach: "David started with us not even a year ago but has quickly become a real player in our Academy and Prospects training groups. David is very engaged during training and really enjoys learning and applying new skills. Keep up the awesome work David."
Name: Ronald Nguyen
Birth Year: 2009
What his coaches say: "Ronald is a consistent performer at the UBC Academy. In addition to a great attitude, Ronald is always working to be the top performer in sessions, every time he steps on the field. Ronald’s work in training has allowed him to further develop his first touch and passing with both feet. Ronald’s vision and awareness really set him apart in all sessions. Keep up the great work Ronald, congratulations on this award!"
Name: Ava Shearer
Birth Year: 2009
What her coaches say: "Ava shows up to every training session with a smile on her face, ready to work hard, listen and apply what she has learned. Ava has done an excellent job of getting on the ball as much as possible and impacting games with a range of passing. Ava has continued to improve her juggling and first touch each week at training and is always a pleasure to work with. Well done Ava and keep up the great work!"

BMO Island Academy Centres
Name: Claire Babiuk
Birth Year: 2010
What her coaches say: "Claire has been working really hard over the last month and her ability to dribble and beat players 1v1 has really improved over the month. We are really excited about what the future holds for Claire."
Name: Stuart Gray
Birth Year: 2011
What his coaches say: "Stuart is a joy to work with each week. He shows great courage on the ball and has a relentless attitude when he defends. We look forward to working with him in the future and seeing his development over time."

BMO Kootenay Academy Centres
Name: Cheynanne Peters
Birth Year: 2004
What her coaches say: "Cheyanne has shown tremendous growth in her game in the last few weeks, with some fantastic performances during practices with our 'Caps to College program. Cheyanne has shown an excellent appetite to improve with extreme dedication doing extra sessions when possible. She has really improved her decision making on the ball, has a great right foot and with her great attitude and competitive spirit, Cheyanne continues to develop and improve. Keep up the good work and Congratulations on a great month Cheyanne."
Name: Jackpine Dainard
Birth Year: 2007
What his coaches say: "Jackpine's dedication to get better is excellent to see. He is relentless during practices, striving to better by applying himself in everything he does. A relentless worker with great anticipation skills, Jackpine has developed the ability to read the game and break up play, winning the ball consistently and influencing play through a mixture of short and long passing. His great attitude, ability to apply knowledge, and desire to improve is impressive. Congratulations Jackpine, well deserved!"

BMO London Academy Centre 
Name: Tazia Lessard
Birth Year: 2004
Hometown: St. Thomas, Ontario
What her coaches say: "Tazia is going into her second season with our 2004 Regional Girls team and has been selected to attend the WFC Academy Centre High Potential Prospects Camp in Vancouver in November. Tazia can play at centre back or in centre midfield. She is always positive and smiling and brings great energy to the field. Tazia is a pleasure to coach."
Name: Benjamin Flynn
Birth Year: 2005
Hometown: London, Ontario
What his coaches say: "Ben had a great season for the 2005 OPDL Boys, helping the team finish top four in Ontario and qualify for the semifinals. A versatile player with a great attitude, Ben is very good in possession, able to go past players in 1v1 situations and using combination play. He played in the U-14 Game of Distinction in the WFC Academy Centre Combine in March and has also been selected to attend the WFC Academy Centre High Potential Prospects Camp in Vancouver in November. Congratulations Ben!"

BMO Northwest Academy Centres

Name: Gavin Goncalves
Birth Year: 2009
What his coaches say: "New to the Whitecaps family for our 2019 fall phase, Gavin has impressed significantly with his excellent contributions in training. Combining a tenacious work ethic with a careful attention to detail, Gavin has improved markedly across a wide-range of different technical competencies – most notably his ability to beat a player when running with the ball at speed, as well as his decision-making in small group situations. We are confident he will continue to improve in leaps and bounds, and we are happy to recognize Gavin as October’s Player of the Month."
Prince Rupert
Name: Henry McLean
Birth Year: 2014
What his coaches say: "One of the youngest players in our Northwest Academy Centre, Henry approaches each training session with great enthusiasm and determination. Despite his young age, Henry competes impressively with players up to two years older than him, showcasing a strong competitiveness and attention to detail that allow him to learn new skills quickly. We have been thoroughly impressed by his first weeks in the program, and we are happy to recognize Henry as October’s Player of the Month and are excited to see the progress he makes!"
Name: Lauren Dear
Birth Year: 2013
What his coaches say: "Ever enthusiastic for the start of academy, Lauren consistently brings an up-beat and effervescent attitude to training. Combining a bubbly personality and natural curiosity, Lauren strives not only to improve her own individual skills but also contributes greatly to the fun and supportive atmosphere in academy sessions; we are particularly impressed by how polite and respectful her demeanour is toward coaches and other players! A pleasure to work with, we are pleased to celebrate Lauren as October’s Player of the Month."

BMO Saskatchewan Academy Centre

Name: Gino Frassetto
Birth Year: 2006
Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
What his coaches say: "Gino had a great month for the U-14 boys program, always available to cooperate and excited to practice and perform at his best. A versatile player with a great attitude,  Gino is a very good team member and really puts high intensity, energy and listens to the coaches recommendation. His strengths are his capacity to dribble and break the opponents lines.  Congratulations Gino."
Name: Ava Karvonen
Birth Year: 2007
Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
What her coaches say: "Ava has an outstanding work ethic and her happiness on the field is contagious! She is very committed, puts in a great effort, and demonstrates a very strong mindset to compete. Ava is always positive and smiling and brings great energy to our U-14 girls program. Ava is a pleasure to coach."

BMO Sea to Sky Academy Centre

Name: Molly Sutton
Birth Year: 2008
What her coaches say: "Molly has shown great development over the past couple of months. Molly is constantly looking to get on the ball and shows great awareness prior to receiving the ball. Molly has worked hard to continue developing her scanning prior to receiving. Her decision making is excellent on a consistent basis. Out of possession, Molly is one of the hardest workers, always looking to win the ball back for her team. Molly has also been a huge help to coaches, assisting with equipment, always the first to come in and always ready to listen. Fantastic work Molly, keep it going!"
Name: Bode Franko
Birth Year: 2012
What his coaches say: "Bode has recently joined the Sea to Sky Academy and has made an immediate impact on his training group. As one of the younger players in the group, Bode demonstrates a real desire to improve and work hard, every time he steps on the pitch. Bode is fearless in and out of possession and has truly impressed coaches with his ability to take defenders on. Additionally, Bode has the ability to score goals in a variety of different ways. Bode is focused week in and week out and has been a positive role model to the entire group. Keep up the excellent work Bode!"