Young players from the Nepean Hotspurs Soccer Club took centrestage for the kickoff to the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy tour, which launched its cross-Canada voyage at Ottawa City Hall.

“It was overwhelming. The girls were just smiling ear to ear. Not too many words were coming out of them – which is a rare occurrence,” laughs Hotspurs coach Adam Knight. “For a young female athlete, you can’t think of anything better for them in terms of inspiration and motivation.”

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