Antiguan and Barbudan creates history

Twenty-four-year-old Taursha Millette made history earlier this month.
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By Carlena Knight

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One Antiguan has made history in the football arena, this time off the field.

Taursha Millette became the youngest match commissioner from Antigua and Barbuda to oversee games at the Concacaf level.

The 24-year-old Princess Margaret School (PMS) graduate, just this month, managed two FIFA Women World Cup Qualifying matches, Belize vs Aruba, which was played on April 6, and Aruba vs Panama on April 9 in Belize.

It was her first two international matches for Concacaf.

“It feels good knowing all the work I did over the years is finally paying off. I really took my time to learn about football and its organisation from the great mentors that I have. I’m also grateful that I got to represent my country at that level and I hope it inspires other young people to work hard and go after what they want,” Millette told this newsroom over the weekend.

Along with her officiating role, Millette also steps onto the field of play as part of the Greenbay Hoppers female team, Lady Hoppers, a club she has been a part of since the age of 12. She also represented her school PMS in the school league as well.

She is also encouraging other young people, particularly females to “always be willing to learn and be prepared for a challenge.”

“You learn and grow from challenging situations, and knowledge itself is power,” she added.

Millette is no stranger to the position having done a number of games on the local scene in the Antigua Premier League (APL) since starting in her role in 2015.

Last year, she did her first regional tournament in the Dominican Republic as the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) hosted the Under-14 boys/girl competition.

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