Man, those freaking masks scare me. BOCHUM, GERMANY - JUNE 30: Christine Sinclair of Canada looks on during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 Group A match between Canada and France at Rewirpower Stadium on June 30, 2011 in Bochum, Germany. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)
*Written by Dave Rowaan
Christine Sinclair is the clear leader of Canada's womens national team and is a fan favourite for the way that she plays with her heart on her sleeve and you could never question her commitment to the team. Her career is a storied one highlighted by 120 goals for the National team. She has been named the Female Player of the Year in Canada 7 times running now, has a WPS title, and this year she added a Pan Am Games gold
For Sinclair this year her legacy only seemed to grow. She was at the centre of increased hopes among Canadian supporters for the team going in to this summers World Cup and despite the disappointment that came from that tournament for Big Red, Sinclair still managed to impress. Anyone who watched will have a lasting image in their head of Sinclair brushing off the team doctors to return from a broken nose to score one of the nicest goals of her career from a free kick against the Germans. The following two games she played with her batman like mask and it was that heart and dedication that attracted attention in the national media.
The let down of the World Cup was put behind her and after taking some time off to rest and recover she returned to the team and accepted a new role under Canada's new coach, John Herdman. The coach used the Pan Am games as a chance to get a look at a number of different players and try to reduce the teams reliance on Sinclair for goals but in the end it took a great effort from Sincy in the Gold Medal game to level the score and send it to penalties. Her style of play and world class talent have helped her earn increased attention to the womens game in this country and surely have something to do with her being named player of the year once again this season.
Sinclair won with 49.3% of the vote, followed by Sophie Schmidt and Karina LeBlanc