Jenny Bourn Bindon, New Zealand

Goalkeeper for the New Zealand National team

Hometown: Belleville
High School: Belleville West (1991)
College: SIU-Edwardsville, Goalkeeper (1992)
College: Lewis University, Goalkeeper (1998)
National Team: New Zealand

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Belleville News-Democrat – Belleville Olympian Just Wants a Medal

FIFA.com – We’re Happy and Proud
Kiwi keeper Jenny Bindon is still smiling despite her side’s 2-0 quarter-final defeat at the hands of USA on Friday. As she explained to FIFA.com, the oldest player at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament London 2012 is proud of what the Football Ferns have achieved at the Games and is optimistic about what the future holds for them.

New Zealand may have been the surprise package of the last eight, but they made the mighty USA fight every inch of the way for their win, with Bindon leading by example with a superlative display and even recovering from a hefty second-half collision with Alex Morgan that left her on the deck for a few minutes.

“I’m fine, though my head feels a bit numb,” said the cheery but still groggy keeper afterwards. Read more via link above. A GIF of the collision

2011 Women’s World Cup via FIFA – Bindon: We want to take our chance

At 38, Jenny Bindon is not only the oldest member of the New Zealand squad, she is also the second-oldest player ever to take part in a FIFA Women’s World Cup™. Only Brazil’s Meg, who was 39 when she appeared at the 1995 edition in Sweden, has surpassed the Kiwi’s achievment.

“We all get chances in life, but some people are too afraid or nervous to make the most of them. I had the chance to play football for New Zealand and I took it. This World Cup is already my second. I also played at the Olympic Football Tournament in Beijing and hopefully we can qualify for the next Olympics in London too.”

KSDK – 2008 Olympics coverage

Olympian comes home: West grad played for New Zealand at Beijing Olympics

An invitation to the Women’s Professional Soccer West Coast Combine brought Jenny Bindon home for Christmas.

“We thought it was as good a chance as any to come back for Christmas,” said Bindon, the goalie for the New Zealand women’s soccer team that participated in the 2008 Olympic Games this summer. “We haven’t been back here since, I think, 2003, so it was good to come back to be here with mom and dad and (twin sister) Sara and my brothers and my cousins.”

If Bindon, a 1991 Belleville West High School graduate, gets drafted by the WPS, her trips back home would be much more frequent, especially if she ended up playing for the St. Louis Athletica, which will be playing its home games at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

“I would love to come back and play for St. Louis,” said Bindon, whose maiden name is Bourn. “I could come home and see mom and dad. I’m keen going to the Midwest, and if not, then I wouldn’t mind going to L.A. (Los Angeles Sol).”

From Wikipedia:
Bindon played one year of college soccer at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1992. She also participated in basketball and tennis for the Cougars. She would leave SIUE to enlist in the United States Coast Guard. After the Coast Guard, Bindon returned to the field in 1998 at Lewis University to play soccer and basketball.

Photo from 2008 Olympics versus USA
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