CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Robyn Gayle, a 2008 University of North Carolina alumna, has been added to the Canadian Team Roster for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
Gayle played on UNC teams from 2004-07 and was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the 2006 NCAA College Cup as the Tar Heels defeated UCLA and Notre Dame to win the program's 19th national championship.
Gayle was named to the Canadian Olympic Team by John Herdman, who took over the head coaching duties for our neighbors to the North in late 2011. A native of Missiauga, Ontario, the 27-year-old Gayle is a fullback on the team. She played her club soccer for Mississauga Dixie Hearts.
Gayle becomes the third former Tar Heel who will compete in the women's football competition in London. Heather O'Reilly, '07, and Tobin Heath, '10, will play for the U.S. It is O'Reilly's third Olympic appearance and Heath's second.
Two players with UNC connections are also alternates for their countries. Meghan Klingenberg, '11, is an alternate for the U.S. side. Incoming freshman Katie Bowen has been named a standby player for the Football Ferns, the national team of New Zealand.