SLFA salutes Liz Campbell for IWD
8 March 2021
As part of its activities to celebrate International Women’s Day, the St Lucia Football Association [SLFA] plans to feature a number of outstanding females who have had an input in thw development of the ‘beautiful game’ in the country.
In keeping with Concacaf’s designation of Monday 8 March as International Women’s Football Day, the SLFA says that despite the lack of activity caused by the Covid – 19 pandemic, the association will “undertake to highlight some of the activities undertaken for Women’s Football in Saint Lucia over the years.”
The FA adds that these activities will showcase the recent actions that have been taken as a body responsible for the development and sustenance of the programme.
Consequently, starting toda, the SLFA will highlight aspects of past women’s football programmes each day of the week on the Facebook page and later on the new website, which will be announced later this month. --------------------
Today’s spotlight focuses on Mary Liz Campbell who was born in Castries, raised in Choiseul, and later moved to Soufriere where she has resided for the past 25 years.
Campbell views herself as a passionate, ambitious and dedicated person who has been involved in youth and sports for most of her adult life, predominantly football.
She is the 2nd Vice President of the SLFA Inc. having been first elected in 2015 and subsequently in 2019.
She presently serves as the Women’s Football Coordinator, with responsibility to drive the implementation of the association’s strategic plan, thus ensuring that the level of awareness is raised. Additionally, she hopes to increase participation of women across the board in liaising between players and stakeholders; maintaining player records as it relates to the growth and development of women’s football and assisting in the coordination of the game’s requirements.
During her involvement in the sport, Campbell has also served as secretary of the Windward Islands Football Associations Women’s Committee, team manager of the National U 20, U23 and senior Female teams and manager of the Soufriere U15, U17 female football teams. She also served as manager of the Blackheart team and secretary of Challengers FC.
To date, Campbell remains the only female match commissioner on island. Football means a lot to her as it is a medium where she shares her emotional experiences with friends, family and even strangers.
Said Campbell: “Football is the constant that ties us together,” and though it makes her laugh, cry, angry and overjoyed, football is her life.
Campbell wants to take Saint Lucia’s football to the highest heights thus ensuring that it becomes the number one sport of choice for women.
“We can’t change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust our sails to reach our final destination which is to qualify for the World Cup”, said Campbell.