First Name: Mary Beth
Last Name: Bowie
Sport: Soccer
Inductee Type: Athlete
Year Inducted: 2018
Home Town: Halifax
County: Halifax County
Details:

Mary Beth Bowie was an All-Canadian player at Dalhousie University, an All-Big East player at University of Connecticut, a five-year member of Canada’s national women’s team, a professional with the Boston Renegades of the US W-League, and is now a coach of her two young daughters in Dartmouth club soccer.

Bowie always came to play with unmatched determination and passion and with a strong technical.

While a very good ringette and basketball player during her early school years, Bowie realized she didn’t have time for everything. Soccer leaped ahead when, in 1991 as a 13-year-old, and already a veteran of provincial teams, she went to nationals as a member of the provincial U-18 squad.

Soon college recruiters from both sides of the border were at her heels. She started at Dal, earning USports Rookie of the Year honors in 1997, a few months after playing with Nova Scotia at the Canada Summer Games in Brandon, MB. Twice named an All-Canadian, Bowie transferred to University of Connecticut (NCAA Division 1) in 1999 where she starred for the Top-Ten-ranked Huskies for three seasons. She was an honourable mention All-American and All-Big East first team in 2001.

By then, she was earning the first of her 13 caps with the Canadian national team, playing in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, 2000 Algarve Women’s Cup and 2000 Women’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Once Bowie was in her mid-20s and in Boston playing professionally, she needed to make money to cover her expenses. A job was on the horizon but she returned to Dal, completed her (second) degree in Health Education (after earning a BA at UConn), and retired from highly competitive soccer.

Today, living in Dartmouth with husband Ian Walsh and their seven- and five-year-old daughters, she’s a specialty sales representative for Abbvee Corporation (formerly Abbott Pharmaceuticals), and plays women’s senior B soccer.

Facts:

• 1997 CIAU Rookie of the Year, Dalhousie University
• AUAA All-Star Team Member
• Two-time CIAU All-Canadian
• NCAA “All Big East” First Team Member
• 13 International-level appearances and five starts
• Two-time Senior Women’s Canadian Soccer Champion
• Playoff MVP with Boston Renegades
• 2005 Golden Boot Winner