For the week of Oct. 22, 2023:
North Vancouver defender Ciara McCormack sparked calls for a public inquiry into abuse in Canadian sports after her 2019 blog revealed a disgraced Whitecaps and national team coach had returned to coaching teenage girls. Bob Birarda was jailed in 2022 for sexually assaulting four players over 20 years.
McCormack had a 17-year playing career in North America and Europe and even played for Ireland’s national team. She made a comeback as a 43-year-old early in 2023 with Treaty United FC. With the backing of Vancouver investors, she has become CEO of the club in Limerick, Ireland.
Listen to host Bob Mackin’s interview with McCormack, about her unique journey and plans to build pro soccer in Ireland’s midwest.
Plus, headlines from the Pacific Rim and the Pacific Northwest.
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