SIMMRIN Dhaliwal, 17, Girls Elite defender, has bagged a Most Promising Player award presented by BMO on Wednesday as part of the 2014 Whitecaps FC Player Awards.
The Most Promising Player Awards recognize younger players that exemplify a noticeable development throughout the season. The other award went to goalkeeper Marco Carducci, 18.
Dhaliwal was selected as an underage player for Whitecaps FC’s U-18 Girls Elite program at the age of 15 years old. She’s been a standout for both the club and the Canadian youth program ever since. Highlights include gold medal with Whitecaps FC Girls Elite at the 2013 Gothia World Youth Cup in Sweden and with Team BC at the 2013 Canada Games in Quebec. The Surrey native also started all four matches for Canada at the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.
In conjunction with the BMO Player of the Year award, BMO also presented a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) to U-18 Residency defender Jeevin Kang.
Kang, 17, has risen through the ranks with the club’s Residency program, starting with the U-14 Pre-Residency side in 2012 and working his way up to the U-18s. Last year, Kang started 24 of his 26 appearances with the U-16s, helping them reach the United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) quarterfinals for the first time in club history. The Surrey native also recently earned his first call-up to the Canadian U-18 men’s national team.
Ever since joining the club, Kang has proven to be a consistent performer on and off the field. He willingly engages his local community, conducts himself with high standards, and “is the perfect role model as a player and person,” according to Residency technical director Craig Dalrymple.
WHITECAPS FC Designated Player Pedro Morales was voted as the 2014 Whitecaps FC BMO Player of the Year in addition to claiming the Domenic Mobilio Golden Boot Award as the team’s leading goalscorer.
Other award recipients were midfielder Matias Laba (Jock MacDonald Unsung Hero), and goalkeeper David Ousted (Humanitarian of the Year).