Amy hails from the prairies, with the majority of her childhood spent growing up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She was involved in a number of sports, primarily hockey and soccer, and worked her way onto both junior provincial and national teams before embarking on a rare, two sport, NCAA hockey and soccer scholarship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During this time she not only earned a B.Sc. degree in Biology, but she also finished 3rd in all-time career points for soccer, and helped the hockey team make their very first NCAA appearance. Along with a successful college sports career, Amy was a starter on the legendary 2002 U19 World Cup team, and helped contribute to the team placing 2nd in front of 50,000 fans in Edmonton at the U19 World Cup event.
Amy continued on her soccer path, playing for the semi-pro Ottawa Fury and Vancouver Whitecaps, and then professionally in both the top Swedish and Norwegian leagues. She successfully earned her first cap with the senior Canadian National Team in 2006, and then proceeded to play for Canada as the years went on. Her hard work over the years paid off, as she was fortunate enough to be a part of the bronze medal winning 2007 Pan-Am Games Team in Brazil. Her career was then highlighted when she was named as an alternate for the 2008 Olympic Team in China, where she joined her Canadian Women’s Soccer squad as they made history; competing in the Olympics for the very first time.
"With the under-19 team it was the most exciting thing in the world. I had no idea where it was going to take me." - Amy Vermeulen