26 July 2018
Karina LeBlanc - newly appointed Head of CONCACAF Women’s Football
Former Canadian international Karina LeBlanc can't wait to get stuck into her new role as Head of CONCACAF Women's Football.
Karina, a former Canadian international goalkeeper, officially takes up the post on Friday 3 August, with her remit “to strengthen and grow the women's game throughout the CONCACAF region”.
Born in Dominica to Jamaican and Dominican parents, Karina is relishing the challenge that lies ahead as she look to improve opportunities for women in the sport across multiple areas, including through grassroots and competitions platforms — refereeing, development and administration.
“I am honoured and excited to join CONCACAF at a pivotal time for women's football," said Karina, who in a sparkling career represented Canada in five FIFA World Cups, two Olympics and three Pan-American Games. She was a member of the bronze medal-winning team at the London Olympics in 2012 and in 2013 became the first female professional footballer to be appointed as UNICEF ambassador.
"I have seen the growth and potential of our game across the CONCACAF region and around the globe and look forward to create additional opportunities for women in football."
Following the official announcement, Karina took to Twitter to add: "I feel so honored to start a new chapter that connects me to my purpose on this earth.
"Football has given me so much & I look forward to sharing my #LoveForOurGame with all 41 countries in @Concacaf region.
"It's truly special to me to help grow the game in the region that made me."
Karina, who will be based at CONCACAF's Miami head office, is a welcome addition to the Confederation according to CONCACAF president Victor Momtagliani.
“We are very pleased to welcome Karina LeBlanc as head of CONCACAF Women's Football," he added. "She brings vast knowledge and passion for the sport, having played for 18 years and serving as an advocate to providing access for more women to the game.
“Karina is the right leader to support our mission of advancing and promoting women's football in a sustainable and scalable way. She will contribute to increase participation and awareness at all levels."
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