The Ottawa Women’s United soccer team is hoping to score a few more bucks to help the team fly to Auckland, New Zealand for the 2017 World Masters Games.
The group of 18 local women have been training and raising funds for more than three years with the end goal of competing in the international games.
They will host their final fundraiser — an electronic waste depot — on March 24 and 25 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Carp.
“You start this process and work for it and, 'Oh my god it’s here,'” said Heather Duncan, who lives in Katimavik. “It’s going to be a fun adventure.”
The team, composed of 18 women over age 35 from Kanata, Stittsville, Barrhaven, West Carleton and other parts of Ottawa, will fly out on April 16 to compete in the 10-day tournament.
The World Masters Games is a multi-sport event held every four years for athletes who have reached “masters” age — over 35. The Ottawa soccer team will compete against four Australian teams and one Canadian team, with the winners advancing to the semis and finals.
Duncan said she can’t wait for the opportunity to hit the soccer pitch.
“We've been together for three years, trained hard, fundraised like crazy and now it's just around the corner,” she said, adding she’s looking forward to the experience and seeing the team’s hard work pay off.
The players have raised more than $25,000 through bottle drives, garage sales, raffles and trivia nights. The funds have helped to purchase new uniforms, and pay for their coach Rik Coté, manager Dave St. Jean and trainer Tania Singfield.
Singfield is the national women’s soccer team coach.
“She’s been training us and it’s just been amazing,” said Duncan.
The e-waste fundraiser will help the team collect some final funding toward the trip.
People can recycle old computers, televisions, printers, copying machines, telephones and cellphones, home theatre equipment and more at the two-day event.
The e-waste depot runs Friday, March 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, located at 1817 Richardson Side Rd.