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Karina LeBlanc, FIFA World Cup soccer player
Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Patti-Lea Ryan
Edited by Nila Gopaul
Canada’s women’s soccer team is playing
in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Karina LeBlanc is a goalkeeper
for Canada’s team.
Karina was born in Dominica.
Her father is Dominican and
her mother is Jamaican.
Karina and her family moved to Maple Ridge, B.C.,
when she was eight years old.
It was difficult.
Karina says she had a thick accent,
so the school put her in ESL.
Her mom was angry, she remembers.
Karina spoke English well.
Three days later, Karina was out of ESL.
FIFA fan fever
Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul
Vancouver has a fever:
Thousands of soccer fans
are filling B.C. Place in Vancouver.
The fans are here to cheer for their teams.
Millions of people around the world
are watching, too.
Vancouver will host nine
Women’s World Cup games.
Fans will spend about $37 million
while visiting Vancouver.
Soccer fan, Rafael Paredes, said,
“This is the World Cup.
We love soccer, men’s, women’s — it’s all the same.”