To people on Salt Spring Island, she’s Dr. Clare Rustad – the local family physician who returned to the island to practice medicine. But to viewers of TSN’s Women’s World Cup coverage, Clare Rustad is one of the network’s on-air soccer analysts providing insight and scrutiny of the matches throughout the tournament.
Clare grew up on Salt Spring Island then headed to the University of Washington to play collegiate soccer and study molecular biology. Clare continued her education to earn a Masters degree in epidemiology from Cambridge University before earning her medical degree from the University of Toronto. She then played professional soccer for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto Lady Lynx. Clare also played on Canada’s national team from 2000 to 2008 – playing in the 2008 Olympics, winning a silver medal in the 2002 FIFA under-19 Women’s World Championship and scoring three goals in 45 games.
Dr. Rustad now practices at the Salt Spring Island Health Centre. However, she has taken a month-long leave from the clinic to travel to Toronto for her soccer analyst position at TSN during the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
Although Canada was knocked out of the round of sixteen, keep an eye on Salt Spring’s own Dr. Rustad as she continues to analyze the games with her colleagues Kate Beirness, Kaylyn Kyle and Diana Matheson.