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WSOC | Hurricanes excited with addition of Ottawa standout

May 2, 2017

Akira-Cook-2The 2017 Holland Hurricanes women’s soccer roster will include fullback Akira Cook out of Ottawa, Ontario; she will be studying in the Wildlife Conservation Technology program this September.

Akira, originally born in Grand Rapids, Michigan before moving to Ottawa at the age of four, stands 5’6” and currently plays in the top women’s competitive division in Ottawa where she has been named an MVP the last two seasons.

“On the field my tactics are to be patient when defending,” she shared. “Yet I always want to be aggressive when attacking and never give up when losing the ball.”

“I believe that I will be able to make a positive impact as part of the Hurricanes family by being someone who is able to bring out the best in her teammates and myself on and off of the field.”

Head Coach Kris McKinnon looks forward to having Cook on his roster.

“Anytime you can add a student-athlete the caliber of Akira is a positive for our program. Her athletic abilities along with her experience and tactical understanding of the game will help us challenge for another ACAA championship in 2017.   We are very excited that she chose the Hurricanes to continue her academic and athletic career.”

Cook, who recently spent time on Prince Edward Island with her family, was pleased with what she saw during her visit.

“I am beyond speechless because Holland College and Charlottetown were everything and more then I could have imagined. I was drawn to Holland College not only for its Wildlife Conservation Technology program, but also for its size and placement on the beautiful island. Not only do they provide the perfect hands-on experience for academics, but they also provide the opportunity to further develop my athletic skills in a supportive and professional environment.  I know my future is in good hands at Holland College with both the teaching staff and coaches they have.”

Cook will return to PEI in August for the Hurricanes women’s soccer training camp before the start of the 2017 Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association regular season in September.

In 2016 the Hurricanes claimed their fourth ACAA championship after a conference record of 12-0-2 (regular season and playoffs) before attending the CCAA National Championship in Quebec.

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