Soccer – Targeting Tokyo 2020
2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist
Founder, Yes She Canada
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, 26,000; Twitter, 13,800; Facebook, 3,800
At just 23, Ashley Lawrence is emerging as a leading voice of the Canadian women's national team.
Since the departure of legedary 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 langauge 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, 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.
Camp registration is free but 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 midfleider or fullback, and is looking to contribute to Team Canada's performance at FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 and to move up the podium at Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.
Her perspective defines the growing confidence and commitment of Team Canada's young core: "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."
See you in Tokyo 2020.