Mon | Sep 23, 2019

Brown receives Miss Soccer award

Published:Monday | August 26, 2019 | 12:23 AMJanet Silvera/ - Senior Gleaner Writer -

WESTERN BUREAU:

Reggae Girl Jody Brown was officially presented with another major award to add to her growing list of accolades, this time the Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Soccer title.

The 17-year-old, who was instrumental in Jamaica becoming the first Caribbean team to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, was honoured earlier this year in her absence while on World Cup preparation duties for Jamaica, and was only able to officially collect the award last week.

Brown’s honour came in light of her outstanding performance during the season which enabled her school, Montverde Academy to become back-to-back high school state champions.

Brown will also be honoured with an image in the school gym on a banner, much like NBA stars R.J. Barrett and D’Angelo Russell.

“I am really excited to receive this award and to be recognised,” the teenager said.

Brown, who was also the recipient of the 2018 Female Athlete of the Year for Montverde, began her final year at the institution earlier this month, and is expected to play a key role in the upcoming football season. She will head back to Jamaica late September to play in the Women’s Olympic Qualifiers.

Girls football coach and director of Montverde International Football Club Robbie Aristodemo said he was looking forward to Brown playing a leadership role and mentoring in the upcoming schoolgirl football season.

“Jody has proven over the last two seasons that she has the ability to score goals in the big games,” he said. Both years, she has scored the decisive goal that has propelled our programme to state championships. She is a dynamic player that has speed, quickness and a good understanding of positions, movement and integrating within a system.”

Start developing

He added that his expectations for Brown in her senior year was to see her start developing more as a leader and mentor to the younger players, to continue to grow as a footballer, developing on the field and constantly trying to raise her own bar.

“The sky is the limit if she continues to push the envelope,” he said.

The Florida’s Dairy Farmers High School Sports Awards is the longest-running sports awards programme in the United States (US). Since 1992, the programme, which recognises all 30 Florida High School Athletic Association-sanctioned and recognised sports, has honoured more than 5,000 of the state’s top student athletes and coaches. Some of the past winners have gone on to excel at the collegiate and professional levels, as well as represent the US in the Olympic Games.

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