On Tuesday, women's national team captain Christine Sinclair picked up yet another honour, as she was named to Canada's Walk of Fame. Her official induction is in September.Another day, another honour for Canadian national women’s team captain Christine Sinclair.
On Tuesday, the 10-time Canadian Soccer Player of the Year was named to Canada’s Walk of Fame. Her official induction takes place September 21.
The Burnaby native was given the honour alongside some big name compatriots, including Terry Fox, jazz pianist Oscar Peterson and actors Alan Thicke and Victor Garber.
"Each year, we are reminded of just how many Canadians have persevered in their fields, leaving us inspired in our own individual pursuit of excellence," Dan McGrath, chair of Canada's Walk of Fame board of directors, said in a statement. "This year's inductees are no exception and we are honoured to welcome these outstanding Canadians to the ranks of Canada's Walk of Fame."
It is the latest recognition for the woman who captained Canada to a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics.
At the conclusion of that competition, she was named Canada’s flag bearer following her excellent individual performance in the controversial semifinal loss to the United States, where she scored a hat trick.
That Olympic performance also in large part earned the 30-year-old the 2012 Lou Marsh Award, given to Canada’s top athlete of either gender. Following that tournament, Sinclair also picked up the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, given to "honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.”
Her Olympics weren’t total glory, however, as the forward lost her cool following the semifinal defeat and questioned the quality and integrity of Norwegian referee Christiana Pedersen’s officiating. For those comments, FIFA slapped Sinclair with a four-match ban and a bill for $3,500.
“It’s a shame in a game like that that was so important, the ref decided the result before it started,” Sinclair said that night, before stating to Pedersen through the press: “I hope you can sleep tonight and put on your American jersey because that’s who you played for today.’”
Sinclair continues to enjoy a remarkable career in which she has scored 145 times in 198 appearances for Canada in international competition. She also is member of the Portland Thorns in the NWSL, for whom she has four goals and an assist in 10 games in the league's inaugural season.