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Tasha St Louis: Tackles motherhood head on

Sunday, May 14 2017

TRINIDAD and Tobago football team captain Tasha St Louis admits that she is coping quite well with dual roles, motherhood and an active sports person.

The 33-year-old, who plays both midfield and striker positions for Trinidad and Tobago, has been a member of the national squad since the early 2000s.

Even in the twilight of her career, she noted that she deals with her tasks, on and off the field, to the best of her ability.

“At times, it’s been difficult balancing the two but, for the love of the game, you sacrifice a lot,” said Tasha, during an interview at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, moments before a TT team training session.

“Having loved ones like my family and also my teammates supporting me along the way, that’s where the help and encouragement comes from.”

Tasha’s husband, Kareem “Tiny” Joseph, has been a long-serving player with TT Pro League club Morvant Caledonia United and, together, they have a seven-year-old daughter, Kailah.

Asked, during her pregnancy, if she pondered whether to continue playing sports or did she have the drive to play regardless, Tasha responded, “I always believed in combining the two, while playing the sport and having a family.

“I never had doubts in giving up football to go start a family. I always thought I could do the two and I did.”

She also admitted that her teammates regularly ask her about the challenges she faces being both a mom and an active footballer.

“Teammates ask me all the time about it because they all are women too and they want to know what the experiences are,” she said. “Some of them are probably setting their minds on having a family. So, the questions are always there.”

As far as her career is concerned, Tasha sees herself playing for “probably a year or two years.”

She stated, “that’s how long I see myself playing. I gave all what I have to give before. The body’s getting older.”

Regarding Kailah, Tasha revealed, “Right now, I don’t think she’s focused on football or I haven’t seen anything like that. Both parents (are) footballers and you’re never to know if she’ll follow in (those) footsteps.”

However, she is keen to encourage her daughter 100 percent, if she decides to take up football, or any sporting discipline for that matter.

“Whatever it is she wants to do that is positive, I would always be there for her,” Tasha said. “It doesn’t matter what sport she chooses I would support her because I took that avenue as well in sport. So I would always support her, it doesn’t matter what.”

Asked if she wants to grow her family, she replied, “Yea, for sure, one more because I don’t want more than two kids. So… soon.”

Finally, how does she and her husband juggle both parenting and football?

“He’s the better half of me so we co-parent very well, together with the football, because he understands what I’m going through and I understand what he’s going through,” she responded.

“I think it’s very easy for us t

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