Sackville girl going to World Cup final

Morice and family headed to Rio

Published on July 8, 2014
Ten-year-old Abbey Morice of Sackville, N.B. is going to the FIFA World Cup final in Brazil through a contest hosted by McDonald's. Morice was joined by Sackville franchisee Danny Moore, Ronald MacDonald and her hockey coach Matthew Estabrooks during a sendoff on Monday.

Abbey Morice is one of five Canadian athletes selected to attend the FIFA World Cup soccer final in Rio.

SACKVILLE, NB – It’s sure to be the event of a lifetime for one local youth.

Abbey Morice, 10, of Sackville will be heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Thursday, July 10 where she will take part in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final.

Abbey, the daughter of Kathryn and Darrell Morice, is one of just five young Canadian athletes selected to participate in the global FIFA Player Escort program.

“Abbey Morice is a hockey and soccer player who was nominated by her hockey coach for this once-in-a lifetime experience, which is made possible by McDonald’s Canada and their AtoMc minor hockey program,” communications representative Margaret Poole said last week.

Poole explained that Abbey is the only Canadian youth who will participate as a player escort in the final game on July 13. She, along with others chosen from around the world, get to escort players onto the field before the match.

Abbey was nominated for the initiative by her coach, Matthew Estabrooks, for her leadership and commitment. Her coach submitted an essay, describing how his player demonstrated leadership and good team spirit.

While in Brazil, Abbey will also have the opportunity to participate in friendly soccer matches and will tour regional cultural sites

Some 1,408 children ages 6-10 will be representing 69 countries worldwide for this exclusive and exciting opportunity.

Family, friends, teammates and local residents got together on Monday evening at McDonald’s in Sackville to say ‘bon voyage’ to Abbey and wish her well on her trip to Brazil.