Cameron thrilled to have experienced history
The result might not have gone the way she would have liked, but Canadian-born Reggae Girlz striker Tiffany Cameron is thrilled to have experienced history as part of Jamaica's team at the FIFA Women's World Cup in France.
Cameron, who played six times for Canada's senior team before switching allegiance to her parent's country of birth, played 11 minutes in Jamaica's 3-0 defeat to Brazil in their first ever FIFA Women's World Cup game yesterday, in front of close to 18,000 fans inside the Stade des Alpes.
The experienced 27-year-old looked lively in her brief time on the field and is hoping that her experience will help the Girlz in the future, having played professionally for close to a decade in several countries, including the United States and Germany.
"I'm extremely excited to be part of the team. I am a newcomer but it's an honour to represent Jamaica, especially in our first ever World Cup," Cameron told STAR Sports.
Cameron, who has now made four appearances for the Reggae Girlz since making the switch, currently plies her trade in Norway's top flight, the Toppserien, with Stabaek, which also features fellow Reggae Girl Chinyelu Asher.
The light-spirited Cameron, who says her transition has been a smooth one, also has experience playing in the National Women's Soccer League, the Bundesliga and the Swedish top flight.
"The transition has been easy. I have been embracing the Jamaican culture for a really long time. Both of my parents were born in Jamaica so I am used to the flavourful side of things and the culture in general. It's been an easy transition for me just because these are my people," she said.
She explained that she was approached by the Reggae Girlz's goalkeeper coach Hubert Busby who asked her to consider representing the country at the World Cup.
"I was watching the team qualify for the World Cup and Busby reached out to me. I looked at the experience I have and I also looked at my age; I looked at so many things, the fact that Jamaica made history and how special it is to be part of this. I am happy that I followed through with it, and that I could be here as one of the more experienced players," said Cameron.
The attacker will be hoping for more opportunities to help the team as they continue their campaign.
Jamaica will next play Italy on Friday at the Stade Auguste-Delaune II starting at 6 p.m. (11 a.m. Jamaica time) before facing Australia four days later also at the Stade des Alpes starting at 9 p.m. (2 p.m.).