Player - Silvana Burtini

Born: Williams Lake, B.C. , May 10, 1969.Silvana Burtini

Silvana made her international debut for Canada against Sweden in the North American Cup competition in Minneapolis on July 5, 1987 and has gone on to play for her country a total of 78 times while scoring 38 goals. In 1998, playing in a CONCACAF competition against Puerto Rico, she scored eight of those goals in one game as Canada won 21-0. In 1988 she was a member of the Canadian team that played in a FIFA tournament in China, that was a test run leading up to the staging of the first FIFA Women's World Cup. She played for Canada in three World Cups, 1995 in Sweden, and 1999 and 2003 in the U.S. 

She began her career in her home town of Williams Lake, B.C. at Columneetza Senior Secondary School during the 1986-87 season then moved on to play for the Capilano College women's team, where she was a CCAA allstar, and Capilano College Athelete of the Year. She represented British Columbia at the U-18 and senior levels and was a silver medalist of the Western Canada Summer Games in 1987.

Her club soccer in Canada was played with Nanaimo Regal Tigers from 1989-90, Surrey Marlins from 1991 to 1997 winning the Jubilee Shield gold medal in 1991, 1992 and 1993. At UBC with the Alumni team from 1998-2000 she appeared in three more national finals, winning silver medals in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

In 1999 she joined the Raleigh Wings of the U.S. W-League and was a member of the National Championship team in 1999. In 2001 she moved on to the Carolina Courage of the U.S. women's professional league.

Silvana was CSA Player of the year in 1998, and nominated for Sport B.C. Athlete of the Year in 1999. In 2004 as a police officer in B.C. she was presented with the British Columbia Police Award of Valour for saving a life. Starting in 2005 she was named on of FIFA's Ambassadors for Women's Football.