The last year hasn’t been an easy one for Raegan Wilson. If you asked her a year ago if she’d be at the Women’s World Championship, she might have laughed at you.
In March 2021, she underwent a second surgery to repair an ACL tear, which could have ended her career before it really started. But with a lot of hard work and consistent recovery, she says she’s ready to do what it takes to bring Canada its first gold medal at the tournament.
“You can’t even really put into words what this means. Putting on the jersey, and listening to the anthem, it’s indescribable. And being able to do it this summer with people I’ve looked up to since I was little, teammates I’ve had before, and play against the best in the world? It’s incredible,” Wilson said.
She’ll also have another unique opportunity - on July 3, Canada will face England, and Wilson will have the chance to see a familiar face.
“Brittany Read, one of my coaches at Denver who is one of the goalies for Team England. It’s incredible that I’d get to see her,” she laughed.
Wilson, who started playing box lacrosse around age 10 before switching to field a few years later, is determined to soak in all the memories of her first senior World Championship.
“I think back to U19 Worlds in 2019, and in the moment, it felt like some of the longest days of our lives, we were tired, playing lacrosse all day, and living in dorms. But thinking back, those are some of the best memories and strongest bonds I have in lacrosse, with people I consider some of my best friends. Whether it was ice baths after the game, eating dinner, or when we made it to the gold medal game. Those memories last a lifetime, and I’m looking forward to making more.”
Wilson, who hails from Milton, Ont. and played for the Oakville Lady Hawks for her entire minor field career, credits her teammates with being the reason she fell, and stayed, in love with the field game. Her transitions through the middle add speed to the team, and her craftiness keeps the other team on their toes.
She’ll get the chance to make those memories with new, and old, teammates at the 2022 Women’s World Championship in Towson, MD.
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