Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Nothing, nobody holds her back

Missing arm no handicap for girl with hot left foot on soccer pitch

  • Print

SWANàRIVERà-- It seems there isn't anything Dae-Lynn Reimer can't do.

At first glance, the diminutive midfielder for the Winnipeg Gold girls soccer team looks like any other girl at the 2012 Power Smart Manitoba Summer Games.

She warms up before every game by dribbling the ball down the field and firing a shot in the net off her left foot, but she wasn't always a lefty on the pitch.

"Because I was born without an arm, I would usually tip over a little bit and lose my balance when I played with my right (foot), so I had to learn to kick with my left foot so that I was more balanced and smooth on the field," Reimer said. "Now my shots are pretty good with my left."

Reimer, who is missing her left arm just below her elbow, could have chosen to dwell on the missing limb. Instead, she's turned it into a positive.

"It was tough at the start to learn how to play with my left, but after a while I started saying, 'Yeah, I can do this,' " Reimer said. "It's a switch that I didn't want to do, but I love the sport of soccer and I'll do anything to play it."

The missing arm has also meant she's had to grow some tough skin on the field at times.

"There's been some people that have called me a 'fail' because I have one arm, and I always say, 'Thanks, but that's your opinion, and who cares?' " Reimer said.

"I tell myself that I can do anything because anything is possible when you put your mind to it and put all your effort into it."

On Wednesday at the Summer Games, Reimer proved with hard work and dedication comes success when her Winnipeg Gold team scored two goals in overtime to win the gold medal.

"All we wanted was to win this gold medal, especially since we're Winnipeg Gold, so it's awesome," said a beaming Reimer.

"We were so nervous before the game, and then once we got that first goal, we were like, 'We can do this!' "

The moment was made more special by the fact her mother, Team Gold manager Lyla Priestley, was able to watch her every step of the way.

"It is really special to me to have her here," Reimer said. "It means so much because she appreciates us and is so proud of us."

With tears of joy in her eyes, Priestley couldn't help but think of all the trials and tribulations her daughter has had to overcome to win gold.

"She's a very strong, opinionated girl, and she's tough and likes to be involved in everything," Priestley said. "She's turned everything into a positive, and once she gets her mind set to do something, she is going to do it."

Winnipeg Gold defeated Winnipeg Blue 3-1 in the final to win gold.

As the final game of the day on the pitches in Swan River, the match attracted a lot of attention as fans lined both sides of the field.

In the end, after Jojo Ngongo put the Gold team up in the first overtime, it was an Alycia Mann goal that she bent around the keeper into the bottom half of the net that sealed the victory.

"I was hoping that I wasn't going to miss," Mann said about the goal, for which she ran in all alone on the keeper.

"We worked really hard for this and it feels really amazing."

-- The Brandon Sun

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 19, 2012 D4

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


Your top TV picks for Dec. 1-4

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • KEN GIGLIOTTI  WINNIPEG FREE PRESS / July 23 2009 - 090723 - Bart Kives story - Harry Lazarenko Annual River Bank Tour - receding water from summer rains and erosion  damage by flood  and ice  during spring flooding -  Red River , Lyndale Dr. damage to tree roots , river bank damage  , high water marks after 2009 Flood - POY
  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Local- Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project. Baby peregrine falcons. 21 days old. Three baby falcons. Born on ledge on roof of Radisson hotel on Portage Avenue. Project Coordinator Tracy Maconachie said that these are third generation falcons to call the hotel home. Maconachie banded the legs of the birds for future identification as seen on this adult bird swooping just metres above. June 16, 2004.

View More Gallery Photos


Who has been the Jets best defenceman so far this season?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google