Karina LeBlanc to head women’s football in Caribbean

Karina LeBlanc

Karina LeBlanc has officially been named as the head of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) women’s football. She will take up her new position  tomorrow.

LeBlanc, who was born to Jamaican and Dominican parents and lived in Dominica until the age of eight, has been charged with spearheading the confederation’s campaign to strengthen and grow the women’s game throughout the CONCACAF region.

The former goalkeeper eventually moved to Canada whom she represented 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.

In 2013, she became the first female professional footballer to be appointed as UNICEF ambassador.

LeBlanc also worked as a broadcaster and motivational speaker.

“I am honored and excited to join CONCACAF at a pivotal time for women’s football. 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,” Le Blanc said.

“Our confederation is well-positioned to continue supporting and inspiring its member associations to build, develop and elevate the women’s game,”  she added.