RACHEL CORSIE

IMG_0608At the 2009 Cyprus Cup, Corsie made her senior debut against France and was selected in all Scotland’s games at the tournament. Rachel has earned over 70 caps for the senior national team and has scored 13 goals playing primarily in the central defender position. Rachel scored three goals during the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification (UEFA). In March 2011, Corsie captained the team to a 2–0 win over Englandat the 2011 Cyprus Cup, a first for Scotland in more than 30 years.

Question and Answer:

Name: Rachel Corsie

Sport/Club: Football – Seattle Reign FC / Scotland International

What’s your sporting story?

I have always had a natural love for football and played since I was around 7/8 years old. Since then I have played senior level since I was 17, starting with Aberdeen Ladies, before signing for Glasgow City in 2008, followed by my first full time pro contract with Notts County and then this year I moved to the American NWSL to play for Seattle Reign in the Pro league. I also played in the Youth International set up since 15 and made my senior debut in 2009 v France

What was the biggest challenge in your sporting career so far and how did you overcome it?

I think for me it was the balance between full time professional football and also trying to maintain my studies. I graduated from RGU in 2011 and then went on to do my chartered accountancy exams with ICAS, whilst also working full time & trying to train like a full time athlete. The balance was very hard and demanding on my schedule and I was very fortunate to be able to combine everything.

FIFA World Cup 2015 Playoff match between Scotland and Holand at Fir Park, Motherwell on 25th October 2014 What attracted you to becoming a “Goal Model”?

I am so happy to involved in part of the Streetsport initiative even from across the other side of the world. I loved being outdoors and was fortunate as a youth I had the environment around me to do that every day. I want every kid to have that opportunity and believe the scheme serves a great purpose to the community in helping achieve that.

How important to you is it to get young people into sport and leadership?

Sport for me has been the foundation for all that I have learned and achieve in life: It has been my escape when I needed a break from studies; it has opened doors to travelling and allowed me to make friends all over the world; it had given me confidence and belief in achieving my dreams; and it has taught me the importance of many life lessons, such as working in teams, taking ownership and understanding the responsibility of my own actions. Moreover, i love it – and i want to encourage as many young people as possible to experience that if they want it too.

What would you recommend to young people in Aberdeen who want to become more involved with sport?

The platforms are there – Aberdeen is a well developed city, with fantastic facilities and opportunities and you should seek to find those that suit you. Only you can control the decisions you make, and only you miss out on the opportunities you let slip by you.IMG_0603

Who inspired you when you were younger and why?

I don’t think I really was inspired but my youth was filled with outgoing activities and my parents always encouraged me and my brother to be active. When you have so much fun doing something, it is easy to want to go out and play every day.

If you had the same opportunity in sport again, what would you do differently?

I think I like the way things have turned out. Everyone’s paths are different and thats the luxury of Sport, Especially a game like football where that means everyone brings there own motivation and experiences to make a unique team environment and everyone’s as important as the other.

Listen to the recent #askcorsie interview courtesy of the SFA: Periscope Corsie

Have a Question for Rachel?

If so email m.williams2@rgu.ac.uk with the question and Rachel will get back to you with a personal response a soon as possible!

Keep up with Rachel’s team Seattle Reign FC or follow her on Twitter @RachelCorsie14