Biography:

Christine Sinclair is the most successful soccer player to ever compete for Canada. She made her debut with the senior national team as a 16-year-old at the 2000 Algarve Cup where she also scored her first international goal. Since then, she has accumulated more than 160 career goals, ranking her second all-time but first among active players. Sinclair has competed at two Olympic Games, winning bronze at London 2012 where she was the tournament’s leading scorer with six of Canada’s 12 goals, including a hat trick in the controversial semifinal extra-time loss to the United States. For her efforts, she was named Canada’s Closing Ceremony flagbearer and became the first soccer player to win the Lou Marsh Award as Canadian Athlete of the Year. In 2013 she was inducted to Canada’s Walk of Fame. Sinclair first came to national prominence during the 2002 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Edmonton where she won the Golden Boot as the tournament’s leading scorer with 10 goals (including five against England) and the Golden Ball as tournament MVP as Canada finished second. A year later she competed at her first of four FIFA Women’s World Cups, scoring three goals and helping Canada reach the bronze medal game. In 2011, she showed her determination to compete after breaking her nose in Canada’s opening match, forcing her to wear a face mask for the rest of the tournament. Later that year, she led Canada to gold at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, following up on her bronze medal in 2007. Sinclair was named Canada Soccer’s female Player of the Year 11 straight times from 2004 to 2014 and is a multiple time nominee for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Bill and Sandra Sinclair… Older brother Michael… Getting into the Sport: Started playing soccer and baseball at age 4 because her brother played and she wanted to do everything he did… Outside Interests: Enjoys playing golf… Graduated from the University of Portland in 2005 with a degree in Life Science… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Sinc… Before a game, always listens to Michael Jackson and puts on all her equipment left side first… Received Honourary Doctorate of Laws from Simon Fraser University in 2013… Wears the #12 because it was the number worn by hall of fame second baseman and former Toronto Blue Jay Roberto Alomar… Was featured alongside Lionel Messi on the cover of FIFA 16 video game in Canada…