Sandy Faulkner Ash has competed at the highest level of women’s soccer for close to 25 years. Her dedication, soccer skills, and competitive desire have made her a top athlete epitomizing soccer excellence in this province and across Canada.
Sandy is known for her exceptional pace, quickness, and technical ability, making her an inspiration and motivation for her teammates and those who have watched her play. The results of her ability are evident as she was a top scorer, was named an MVP, and received numerous all-star selections in Newfoundland and Labrador and Alberta, where she now lives. She has won 13 provincial titles, 11 in Alberta, and two in Newfoundland and Labrador. She has competed 13 times at the National Jubilee Trophy Senior Women’s Soccer Championships and her efforts have resulted in her team winning three gold, one silver, and three bronze medals.
Sandy had stints with the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team competing in a CONCACAF qualifying competition. She also competed in the North American Women’s Semi-Pro Soccer League and the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (CIAU) Championships while she was playing at the university level.
In recognition of her outstanding contribution to Memorial University’s athletic program Sandy was elected to membership in the university’s Athletic Honour Society in 1990. Election to membership in the Athletic Honour Society is the highest athletic award that can be conferred on a student of Memorial University. In 1991-1992 she received the University of Alberta Academic/Athletic Excellence Award for maintaining an 80 per cent average while playing CIS sport. In 2011, Sandy was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Hall of Fame.