Alumni Spotlight: Yazmeen Jamieson '16
Since graduating from Bayview Glen in 2016, Yazmeen Jamieson has been pursuing her undergraduate degree at Carleton University receiving a scholarship and a well-earned spot on the varsity team. Yazmeen is now in her third year majoring in Communications and Media Studies with a minor in African Studies and Anthropology. In her first year of university, she was called down to play for the U20 Jamaican Women’s National soccer team and had to miss most of November-January to play in the U20 Women’s world cup qualifiers and a few international friendlies. Their dream was cut short when they lost to the USA 2-1. In April of 2018, she was promoted to the Women’s national team and received her first international caps in Haiti during the month of May. Since then Yazmeen has been to over eight countries in this year alone travelling the world playing soccer for Jamaica. It has been hard to keep up with school but she has still managed to keep an honourable standing.
Moving forward to July, Yazmeen played in her first Olympic qualifier in Columbia where they beat Columbia 2-1 also making it the first time in all history that Jamaica had defeated a South American team. She received “Player of the Match” for that game and was also the youngest goalkeeper in that tournament. Speaking of history, fast forward again to October where she was called down in the middle of midterm season to fly to Texas to participate in her first Women’s World Cup qualifier. They made history again by being the first Women’s team in the Caribbean to ever go to the World cup and also the smallest country in the world to qualify.
Overall Yazmeen never thought she would be where she is today, if people knew how she felt about her life during her time in high school they would not believe that she is the same person now. In the end Yazmeen is grateful that spending her time in the gym at BVG gave her a drive to be as focussed as she is in sport and a safe place for her to develop the character that she has today. For the next few months Yazmeen will be training and preparing for the Women’s World Cup in France (2019) and the Pan-American games in Peru (2019), her goals are also to finish her undergraduate degree and eventually pursue her Masters.
Photo Source: Yazmeen Jamieson