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Photo Highlights: Reggae Girlz Onward to France 2019 World Cup after Big Crowd Send-Off in Miramar, Florida

In the build up to the FIFA 2019 Women’s World Cup to be staged in France between June 7th and July 7th, Jamaica’s own, Reggae Girlz, were charged up on May 23rd in Miramar, Florida by a memorable send off celebration hosted by the Reggae Girlz Foundation.   Ironically, just a few years ago Jamaica did not even have a women’s national team to claim as its own.  As it happened, the squad had been scrapped 5 years ago for lack of sufficient financial resources.  However, thanks to Cedella Marley, daughter of reggae icon, Bob Marley, the team got a reboot and is in the midst of a renaissance of sorts as the Reggae Girlz will open their bid for the World Cup on June 9th against Brazil.  A tough first match for sure, but the Girlz are seemingly undaunted especially in having overcome so many obstacles in years past just to get to this point.  At the same time, the team has also garnered a number of accolades.  Most notably, the Reggae Girlz became the inaugural team from the Caribbean to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.  That’s right, the Reggae Girlz are the first Caribbean team to take the field in that capacity.

Reggae Girl, Lauren Silver, and fan – World Cup Send-Off Celebration Miramar, FL

Reggae Girl, Marlo Sweatman, and fan – World Cup Send-Off Celebration Miramar, FL

Reggae Girl, Chinyelu Asher, signing autographs – World Cup Send-Off Celebration Miramar, FL

Fittingly, the Reggae Girlz’ improbable journey to the 2019 World Cup was celebrated against the backdrop of packed stadium at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Florida where a dense crowd of more than 5,000 fans all decked out in Jamaica’s yellow, black and green national flag colors to witness the Reggae Girlz beat local team FC Surge 2-1 before cranking up the music, dancing and sharing laughs in support of Jamaica’s resilient and spirited Reggae Girlz.

Reggae Girl, Konya Plummer – World Cup Send-Off Celebration Miramar, FL

Reggae Girl, Lauren Silver – World Cup Send-Off Celebration Miramar, FL

Reggae Girlz, Kayla McCoy and Sydney Schneider – World Cup Send-Off Celebration Miramar, FL

Reggae Girlz, Chiyelu Asher (left), Konya Plummer (2nd from left) – World Cup Send-Off Celebration Miramar, FL

Reggae Girlz, Allyson Swaby (2nd from left) and Chantel Swaby (far right) – World Cup Send-Off Celebration Miramar, FL

Just to name a few, the Reggae Girlz 2019 World Cup player unit consists of:  Khadija “Bunny” Shaw, Chanel Hudson-Marks (Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt’s cousin), Lauren Silver, Ashleigh Shim, Marlo Sweatman, Cheyna Matthews, Dominique Bond-flasza, Konya Plummer, Nicole McClure, Trudi Carter, Chiyelu Asher, Allyson & Chantel Swaby, Kayla McCoy, and Sydney Schneider. 

Reggae Girlz fans – World Cup Send Off Celebration Miramar, FL

Reggae Girl mascot – World Cup Send Off Celebration Miramar,

Photos by Nick Ford, who lives and works in South Florida.

 

 

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