|Full Name:||Karyn Forbes|
|Born:||August 27, 1991 (age 25 years)|
|Birthplace:||Plymouth, Trinidad and Tobago|
- Trinidad and Tobago (1-0 win versus Haiti), Group A, Women’s CONCACAF Championship, Sporting Park, Kansas City, USA, October 17
- Trinidad and Tobago (1-0 loss versus USA), Group A, Women’s CONCACAF Championship, Sporting Park, Kansas City, USA, October 15
- Trinidad and Tobago (1-0 win versus Jamaica), Women’s Caribbean Cup, Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, August 26
- Trinidad and Tobago (7-0 win versus Martinique), Women’s Caribbean Cup, Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, August 24
- Trinidad and Tobago (3-0 win versus Antigua and Barbuda), Women’s Caribbean Cup, Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, August 22
- Trinidad and Tobago (10-0 win versus St. Kitts and Nevis), Women’s Caribbean Cup, Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, August 20
- Goal, Trinidad and Tobago U-17’s (2-0 win versus Trinidad and Tobago U-20’s), Friendly, Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya, Trinidad and Tobago, February
- Two goals, Trinidad and Tobago U-17’s (6-0 win versus St. Kitts and Nevis), Group B, CFU Women’s Under-17 Championships Qualifiers, Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya, Trinidad and Tobago, February
- Was part of the Trinidad and Tobago team that won the inaugural Women’s Caribbean Cup in 2014
- Her sister, Kimika Forbes, is also a professional footballer at the national level
- Women’s Caribbean Cup winner’s medal with Trinidad and Tobago in 2014
- Named to her college (Northwood University) Division’s All-Conference First Team in 2013
- Won the TT Women’s Football League MVP award in 2013
Karyn Forbes may be one of the names associated with the Trinidad and Tobago women’s football team that came very close to qualifying for FIFA’s 2015 Women’s World Cup, but the holder of that name sees even bigger, brighter things in her promising future.
That is why she put as much effort as she did into her studies. A Business Management major at West Texas A&M University, her ultimate aim is to open a clothing store in Tobago, her birthplace, and to also establish her own clothing line. Evidently, then, she has plans for life after football, a life that would see her achieve her objective of working only for herself, rather than for someone else.
She is extremely grateful to football, though, because without it she would not have gotten a scholarship to study abroad, in order to help get her future plans in place. Football has not only helped facilitate her future plans, it is also helping her presently. Of course, her level of talent as well as her attitude deserve a bit of credit too, for what she has achieved to date.
Forbes’ potential was clearly evident from her early youth. This culminated in her being called up to play with the national under-17 women’s football team in 2008. A few years later, she was given the opportunity to turn out for the senior national women’s team.
After winning the TT Women’s Football League’s MVP award in 2013 during her days with Civic Pioneers, she took her career to new heights the following summer when she won the inaugural Women’s Caribbean Cup with Trinidad and Tobago, thus qualifying for the Women’s CONCACAF Championship, which was to be held in October, 2014.
It was a historic tournament for the “Soca Princesses” in more ways than one, as they not only won every one of their four games en route to the title, they did it by scoring a hugely impressive tally of 21 goals and conceding none. Remarkable and memorable results included a 10-0 beat down of St. Kitts and Nevis as well as a 7-0 trouncing of Martinique, both of which occurred in the competition’s group stage. Forbes, a player known for her ability to dictate the game’s tempo and spray passes decisively around the pitch, as well as her ability to play in defence in addition to midfield, was no doubt key to her team’s impressive statistics on both ends of the pitch.
The tides turned soon thereafter, however, as she went on to suffer a series of disappointments. First, the “Soca Princesses” lost in the semi-final on penalties to Costa Rica. Then, they lost the third-place match to Mexico after extra time. Then, just months later, they came within a hair’s breadth of qualifying for their first – ever Women’s World Cup to be held in 2015, only to be thwarted by an extra time goal from Ecuador. Forbes was very proud of what the team achieved, nonetheless, having considered the many struggles both she and her team-mates – which includes her sister, Kimika, who is the goalkeeper – had to face behind the scenes.
Lack of finances was a recurring problem. Forbes bemoaned the fact that she and her team-mates often struggled for transport and funds to get to training. Furthermore, the training sessions weren’t as structured as they needed to be, with set-pieces in particular suffering from a lack of attention. Allowances were measly, while sufficient staff was also an issue, with the team lacking a psychologist, nutritionist, massage therapist, and physiotherapist – all integral members of any and every successful team.
Coach Randy Waldrum took it upon himself to address many of the team’s issues, much to Forbes and her team-mates’ gratification. He also allowed Forbes to train with his USA-based club team, Houston Dash, in the summer of 2014 in order to try and set her up for a meaningful football career. She had stints with the likes of Tobago United, Civic Pioneers, and USA-based semi-professional club, Liverpool, but Waldrum obviously thought she could play at an even higher level.
In addition to Waldrum, Forbes was also appreciative of her captain, Maylee Attin Johnson, as well as other senior team-mates, for motivating the younger players like herself and galvanising the squad as they endured their challenges. The togetherness of the team no doubt contributed to the success and near success Forbes and her team-mates experienced. With the Pan American Games next on the agenda, Forbes is no doubt keen to see the team build on what they have already achieved, in spite of any adversities or disappointments.
A dedicated player, Forbes loves to see the passion other women have for the sport of football and it pains her to see women mistreated in general. She, for one, given what she has achieved thus far and her focus on achieving a successful future, has certainly proved herself to be deserving of respect and can serve as a positive role model for the nation’s young, aspiring footballers.
- Northwood University, USA
- West Texas A&M, USA
Interview conducted with Karyn Forbes via telephone – December 18, 2014
Sport Clubs / Teams
- Tobago United, Tobago
- Civic Pioneers, Trinidad
- Liverpool, USA