Reigning and Seven-Time Canada Soccer Player of the Year
Canadian Women’s Soccer Team Captain Christine Sinclair is perhaps best known for the hat-trick she scored in the semi-final match against the USA during the 2012 London Olympic Games. The team finished with a bronze medal from their match against France, with Christine setting herself apart as the tournament’s top scorer and the Canadian flag bearer at the Games’ closing ceremony. It was the first Olympic podium placing for Canada in a Summer Games traditional team sport in over 70 years.
During her 12 years with the Canadian Women’s Soccer team, Christine is the all-time leader in goals scored, and has participated in three FIFA World Cups and two Olympic Games. She is third in the world in all-time international goals scored by a female, with 143 to her credit. Sinclair has been named as the Lou Marsh award winner, becoming Canada’s athlete of the year for 2012. A seven-time Soccer Canada Player of the Year and five-time nominee for the FIFA World Player of the Year, she is also the recipient of a Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2013, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
Committing over a decade to playing with Canadian team, she's played in three FIFA World Cups (2003, 2007, 2011), earned a gold meal at the 2011 Pan American Games and played in both the 2008 & 2012 Olympic Games. She's earned a “Top-5 Player in the World” status for the last decade. Originally from BC, while at University of Portland, Sinclair earned the “Academic All-American of the Year” by ESPN The Magazine, and was recognized as the collegiate “Woman Athlete of the Year.”
Known for her indomitable spirit and will, Sinclair scored a hat trick during the semi-final game of the London 2012 Olympics to ensure Canada took the lead on three occasions, only to suffer from questionable referee calls and a resulting heartbreaking loss to the United States in extra time. After the unimaginable loss, the win of a bronze medal at the end of their series brought Canadians to their feet and Sinclair's leadership earned her the role of Flag Bearer at the closing ceremonies. In this impassioned and invigorating talk, Christine tells the inspiring story of her rise to soccer success. She describes the team work, passion, and competitive nature that she needed to rise to the top, as well as the obstacles she has had to overcome in her sport.
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