Soccer – Targeting Paris 2024
2021 Olympic Gold Medalist
2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist
Founder, Yes She Canada
Ranked Number on TSN's Top Canadian Players (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 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.
Camp registration is free and all donated toys and canned goods go to local families in need.
This year will be the fourth year for the Yes She Canada event and she'll be looking to share her Olympic medal with the young aspiring athletes.
A silky-smooth player with the ability to score, pass 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 and is widely considered the best fullback in the world.
Now, she's leading a Canadian youth movement with growing confidence that believes it has the talent to continue their podium streak at Olympic Games in Tokyo 2021 and win the World Cup.
"We’re already working towards being the number one team in the world and winning the Olympic 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.
In Tokyo 2021, Team Canada has put an empahsis on changing the colour of their medal and find their way into an Olympic Final with a chance for gold.