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Jamaica’s goal-scoring phenomenon, Reggae Girl – Khadija Shaw, who has created history by becoming the first national female football player to be honored with a National Award, aspires towards achieving as much as she can for as long as is possible.
At just age 23, the international footballer, who has already earned the unprecedented distinction of being Jamaica’s all-time leading goal scorer across genders, and shepherded the national team to participate in their first Women’s Football World Cup tournament and their best season in history in 2019, will be awarded the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD) for outstanding achievement in the sport.
Ms. Shaw, who played for Jamaica’s Under-15, Under-17, and Under-20 teams before transitioning to the senior level, and served as captain on several occasions, made her senior international debut in the country’s 6-0 win over the Dominica Republic in 2015, scoring a double in that fixture.
The former St. Jago High School student, who has notched remarkable achievements including the United Kingdom-based Guardian “Footballer of the Year” award in 2018, had not previously given thought to the prospect of being bestowed with a national honour.
“Obviously it shows that I am doing something good to be chosen… so I am grateful,” she tells JIS News.
The Spanish Town, St. Catherine native, whose love for football was initially piqued by her curiosity after regularly seeing the sport being played on the streets in her community and the desire to find out what was unique about the game, hopes to remain a source of inspiration to others, including females who want to excel in other male-dominated sporting disciplines.
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