About Karina

Karina is a retired Olympic bronze medalist and professional athlete who has the distinguished honor of being one of the longest-serving soccer players in Canadian national team history. With a prestigious career that spanned almost 18 years at the international level, she participated in 5 FIFA World Cups and two Olympic Games, winning an Olympic medal in London 2012, and making her and her team household names.

Since retiring as a player in 2015, Karina has been named UNICEF Ambassador, a FIFA Legend and founded the Karina LeBlanc foundation, a charity that mentors and provides scholarships to young women in sport. Recently, Karina was named an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy and inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame. In November 2021, she started her new role as General Manager of the Portland Thorns. Prior to this, Karina held the position of Head of Women’s Football for CONCACAF and its 41 countries, where she led the confederation in developing and growing the women’s game and using football as a means of empowering young women globally. Most recently, in December of 2022, Karina was honored with her appointment to the Order Of Canada.

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