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Woodstock Soccer Player Receives Top Honour

13 year-old Destiny Franken of Woodstock has received the Female Youth Player of the Year award (submitted)

The Elgin Middlesex Soccer Association named Woodstock's Destiny Franken as the first-ever recipient of the Female Youth Player of the Year award.

WOODSTOCK - 13 year-old Destiny Franken of Woodstock was recently honoured with the inaugural Female Youth Player of the Year award.

The Elgin Middlesex Soccer Association (EMSA) named her as the recipient.

She says it was an amazing feeling to receive the honour after being chosen out of several female players.

"I like that people know that I'm dedicated to the game and that it's not just about playing, it's about teaching other people and teaching them how to be better players too."

The 13 year-old striker played for the Woodstock Strikers' U13 girls last season, attending every game and even playing in net when it was needed. She was also the youngest player on the team last year.

Her father Mark says it was a real proud moment upon learning she'd receive the award.

"She works hard always and she practices at home. I was an assistant coach last year with the team and she just works hard, always. She just keeps going and keeps going and never really gives up at any point in time."

Franken was second in the league in scoring in their division after leading for most of the season.

The ESMA held their first-ever Recognition Awards Reception on November 16th, where Franken received the award. 

The EMSA promotes, governs and develops the game of soccer in multiple Counties, including Oxford and Norfolk. It has close to 16,000 registered players, over 1,000 team officials and nearly 300 match officials.

Franken says what she enjoys most about the sport is going to tournaments and being with the team. 

She says she's going to practice on her game even more and become more of a leader on the team. 

(photos submitted)

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