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MilkUP Future Leaders Award – Central East: Karina Bolla

Having moved to the community in 2019, Karina began her involvement with the East Gwillimbury Soccer Club after her playing career had been cut short by suffering a number of concussions playing as a Goalkeeper with the King Unite Soccer Club.

Her love of the game and desire to want to give back resulted in her exploring other opportunities to stay involved with the game and at the East Gwillimbury Soccer Club she was able to explore every aspect of community sport. Impressively, she has always done so with professionalism, passion and a smile allowing her to have a positive impact on many youth participants in a short period of time.

While working as a mentor coach with the Club’s youngest and most inexperienced players in the indoor recreational clinics, she continuously honed her coaching skills obtaining all of her necessary community coach certifications over the course of the last two seasons.

During the summer of 2020 Karina could be found everywhere around the fields of East Gwillimbury. She was the assistant coach of the U10 Girls Development team, the U9 Boys development team, and the U15 Girls Competitive team.

When not coaching the three teams above Karina would pitch in with the micro coaching program (U4-U6) and the house league coaching program, as well as act as a field supervisor or event coordinator. Her willingness to contribute in any way possible made the Club’s COVID season a roaring success.

This year has been no different. From volunteering at the farmers market booth, to coaching whatever ages asked to coach, Karina can always be counted on to provide not only quality leadership, but exceptional customer service and coaching.

Academically, Karina achieved a bilingual high school diploma in French and English at École Secondaire Catholique Renaissance in Aurora. She has now taken her love for French and her linguistic skills to York University, where she is pursuing French Language Studies (major: Concurrent Education).