What does the Canadian Women’s Football Team have to do with Dominica?
Well, Karina LeBlanc, daughter of a Dominican, has been a mainstay of Team Canada since 1998. She has represented Canada in four World Cups and two Olympics.
Her team won the Bronze Medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics. “As I celebrate my Bronze Medal … I wish to give thanks and pay tribute to Dominica where I lived for the first eight years of my life,” Leblanc told Dominica News Online via email after the win. “Whatever success I achieved, Dominica has had a major role in shaping and nurturing my initial upbringing, my character and my talents.”
Karina’s father, Vans LeBlanc is from Portsmouth. Her mother, Winsome Leblanc, is Jamaican. Karina was born in Atlanta, Georgia but lived in Goodwill for some time and attended Covent Prep. She has spent most of her adult life in Canada but visits Dominica very often and said one of her favorite foods is Dominican crab backs from her aunt Rosilia. She also describes Dominica as her favourite country.
Below is a video highlighting her life from Dominica to football stardom in Canada.