Human Kinetics masters student Tina Romagnuolo is hopeful that an internship with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), in addition to her experiences as a member of the Canadian Women's National Soccer Team will be keys to an exciting future career.
Romagnuolo, who came to UWindsor in 2014 following completion of a BA at the University of Miami, is interning with the Toronto Football Club (FC), MLS soccer club in Toronto. The UWindsor internship program partnership was established with MLSE as part of a three- year agreement in May 2013.
Beginning at age 15, Romagnuolo was a part of the Canadian Women's national team and participated in the U20 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Chile in 2008. She was also in the running for the recent FIFA World Cup team.
“I thought working with the Toronto FC would be a perfect fit for me as well as for my academic aspirations,” Romognuolo says. “Especially after having a career ending injury in a game in my senior year in college.”
Romognuolo has been working at the Toronto FC Academy to develop individualized programs for 150 soccer players. She is using baseline fitness testing and retesting to determine player needs and assess program effectiveness.
She says her MLSE experience has been “amazing” and has taught her both multitasking skills and has helped her to develop the ability to be professional while maintaining a close connection with each athlete.
“From the first day I started here the staff have been fantastic at welcoming me into their facility.”