Soccer – Targeting Tokyo 2021
2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist
Founder, Yes She Canada
Ranked TSN's Top Canadian Player (2020)
2019 Canada Soccer Player of the Year
2019 FIFA World Cup – 9th Place
2017 UEFA Women’s Champions League – Runner Up
2016 Algarve Cup – Champion
2016 CONCACAF Championship – Runner Up
2016 NCAA Division 1 Championship – Runner Up
2015 FIFA World Cup – 5th Place
Social Following: Instagram, 38,100; Twitter, 14,600; Facebook, 4,700
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
At just 25, Ashley Lawrence is emerging as a leading voice of the Canadian women's national team.
Since the departure of legendary coach John Herdman, she's filled the void with a fun-loving personality including a guest analyst appearance on the FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia broadcast for TSN.
In early 2017, she made a decision to pursue her career progression in arguably the best women's league in the world – France's Division 1 – with the storied football club, Paris Saint-Germain Feminines (PSG).
Coach Herdman was pleased with her decision Tweeting: "Put the work in & reap the rewards, 1 of the most dedicated players I've worked with, trailblazing for future generations of CAN players."
She also made an immediate impression on her new PSG teammates. In an effort to learn the language and speed up her transition on the pitch, she asked them to speak to her only in French.
The daughter of a Jamaican father and Nova Scotian mother, Ashley learned from an early age about the potential of sport to create social change and to build community.
And during the Christmas break in 2017 and 2018 Ashley returned to Brampton, Ontario to put her beliefs into action and launch her most ambitious idea yet:
Yes She Canada.
Her goal is to establish an annual event to help young girls, ages 6-16, gain from her national team experience in accessible skills camps while doing some good for her hometown. This year will be her third consecutive year for the Yes She Canada event.
Camp registration is free and all donated toys and canned goods go to local families in need.
A silky-smooth player with the ability to score and take on defenders, Ashley has the versatility to serve as a midfielder or fullback, and she was awarded Canada Soccer's Player of the Year in 2019.
Now, she's leading a Canadian youth movement with growing confidence that believes it has the talent to move up the podium at Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.
"We’re already working towards being the number one in the world and winning the gold medal," said Ashley.
"It’s a huge testament to Canada and soccer, and where we are, and where we were, and how far we’ve come. We’re not afraid to say that we want to be number one."
On an individual level, Ashley recently earned two top honours: The Canadian Soccer Player of the Year Award in 2019 and was ranked number one on TSN's Top Canadian Women's Soccer Players in 2020 and is ready to lead Team Canada to a third consecutive Olympic podium.
See you in Tokyo 2021.