Captain of Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team
Seven-Time Player of the Year and Olympic Medalist
Christine Sinclair is widely recognized as the greatest soccer player to ever come out of Canada. She has spent the last 17 years with the Canadian team, participating in three FIFA World Cups (2003, 2007, 2011) and two Olympic Games.
At the London 2012 Summer Games, she scored a hat-trick in a 4-3 extra-time loss in the semifinal match against the USA. She finished as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals and led the Canadian women’s national soccer team to a bronze medal with a 1-0 win against France. She broke the record of most goals scored in the Olympics for women’s soccer and won the gold boot of the competition, scoring 2 goals against South Africa, 1 against Great Britain, and 3 against the USA. Her remarkable effort as team captain and her performance in the semifinal earned her the honour of serving as Canada’s flag-bearer in the closing ceremony.
Christine is the reigning and seven-time Soccer Canada Player of the Year. Five times she has been nominated as the FIFA World Player of the Year. She is also the recipient of a Diamond Jubilee Medal.
In September 2013, she was inducted in Canada’s Walk of Fame, and in June 2017, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston.
Christine hails from Burnaby, B.C., and played college soccer at the University of Portland, where she set an all-time Division I goal-scoring record with 39 goals, was named “Academic All-American of the Year” by ESPN The Magazine, and won The 2005-2006 Honda-Broderick Cup as the collegiate “Woman Athlete of the Year.”
Christine recounts her incredible story of humble beginnings in Burnaby, BC, developing a love and passion for the game of soccer. Her commitment to excellence, hard work, dedication and ability to not let adversity get to her led to unbelievable successes as both a member of the Portland Thorns and Captain of the Canadian National Women’s Soccer Team.