CFU Executive Committee Member and Chairperson of its Women’s Football Committee Sonia Bien-Aime, has ascended to the post of President of the Turks and Caicos Football Association (TCIFA).
Bien-Aime, stepping away from her role as TCIFA General Secretary ran unopposed and became the first female President of the Turks and Caicos Islands on July 21, 2014.
In attendance at the TCIFA Annual General Meeting were all of the Members of the TCIFA, the Turks & Caicos Islands Deputy Governor, Hon. Anya Williams, CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb, CFU President Gordon Derrick and other CFU & CONCACAF football administrators.
In accepting her mandate, the new TCIFA President first thanked her family for the staunch support she got from them to perform her work in football administration.
She recounted, “Without my family and their willingness to share me with the world, I would not be here. My family sacrifices each day to allow me to fulfil my dreams and ambitions.” In congratulating her, the CFU President recalled his conversation with Bien-Aime some years earlier when he challenged her to look farther, “We want to support and encourage female participation; but I am not one who believes in putting persons in a position just because.
She is not there just because she is a woman; she is there because she is a qualified woman.” The CONCACAF President was equally praiseworthy of the TCIFA President’s humility and passion.
Webb in his brief remarks thanked former TCIFA President Chris Bryan for his visionary leadership and expressed his support of the new TCIFA boss and her plans for the future. “Not many associations have been able to create succession planning and make an easy transition. Congratulations to Sonia on her election and CONCACAF will continue to support you in every endeavour moving forward.”
CFU “Caribbean Football Union” is one of three Unions in CONCACAF (The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) and serves as the governing body of football in the Caribbean. It is composed of 31 national associations, from Bahamas in the north to Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana in the south. It spans 4 languages and composed of republics, independent countries and overseas territories of the UK, USA and Holland. For more information about CFU, log on to its official website at www.cfufootball.org