Legendary striker Christine Sinclair was named the Canada Soccer Player of the Decade on Tuesday morning.
The most decorated athlete in Canadian soccer history, Sinclair has won several accolades over the past decade, including 7 of her 14 career Canadian Soccer Player of the Year Awards. Sinclair was also a four-time professional club playoff champion, three-time FIFA Women’s World Cup participant, four-time Concacaf medal winner, and four-time finalist for the FIFA World Player of the Year.
“Christine Sinclair is a once-in-a-generation athlete that has been at the heart of Canadian sport for over 20 years, but what she accomplished in the past 10 years has changed the sport forever in our country,” said Steven Reed, Canada Soccer President. “Christine is the Canada Soccer Player of the Decade and unquestionably one of the greatest and most-loved athletes Canada has ever watched.”
The flag bearer at the London 2012 Closing Ceremonies, Sinclair, 36, is just one goal shy of tying Abby Wambach’s all-time record for international goals in the women’s game. Wambach scored 184 goals for the United States in 256 international matches, while Sinclair has 183 in 289 matches for the Canadians.
The 2012 Lou Marsh Trophy recipient is, indisputably, the best player to kick a ball in Canada's red-and-white kit and more than deserving of this prestigious honour with her work on and off the field, best described in the excerpt below from Canada Soccer’s press release.
Beyond sport, [Sinclair] was the first soccer player appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada and the first to have her name engraved on Canada’s Walk of Fame. She received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, earned honourary degrees from Simon Fraser University in 2013 and Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2015, and was honoured by Women Against Multiple Sclerosis for her outstanding charity work. She was also one of four founding members of iS4 alongside teammates Karina LeBlanc, Diana Matheson and Rhian Wilkinson, a group dedicated to empowering others through workshops, speaking engagements, team building, and soccer camps.
With the 2020 Summer Olympics just around the corner, Sinclair will be hoping to continue to build on her strong legacy with Canada Soccer, in addition to hopefully breaking the aforementioned scoring record.
Christine Sinclair— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) December 17, 2019
A Concacaf champion in 2010 and back-to-back Olympic medal winner from London 2012 & Rio 2016 , Christine was the 2012 Lou Marsh Trophy & Bobbie Rosenfeld Award winner, the 2011 WPS Championship MVP, & 7x Canada Soccer Canadian Player of the Year. pic.twitter.com/j6MCtr7uBW