BY FAY A.K.
Canada has produced numerous famous athletes throughout the years, one of which is Christine Sinclair. She is a Canadian soccer forward who plays professional soccer for the Western New York Flash and is the captain of the Canadian National team. Miss Sinclair’s background aids us in understanding how she became the person she is today.
Sinclair was born in 1983 in Burnaby, British Columbia. Soccer runs in her family as she is the niece of former North American Soccer League player Bruce Grant and niece of former Canadian international and NASLer Brian Grant. At the age of eleven, she was first selected to British Columbia’s under-14 girls’ all-star team and went on to lead her club team, Burnaby Girls Soccer Club, to six league titles, five provincial titles, and two top-five national finishes. She then played for Canada’s under-18 national team before making her debut at senior level in the 2000 Algrave Cup, leading Canada in goal scoring at that event.
Sinclair attended the University of Portland in 2001 and made an immediate impact on an already formidable program. She recorded 23 goals and 8 assists in her first season, leading all freshmen in NCAA Division I total scoring. In the 2002 college season for Portland, she led Division I in goals with 26. Sinclair earned three different national Player of the Year honors and was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious Player of the Year award in college soccer.
She chose to redshirt in 2003 in order to play for Canada at the Women’s World Cup. She returned to Portland the following year and was again named WCC Player of the Year and a consensus All-American. She fortunately won the Hermann Trophy that season.
Sinclair was selected by FC Gold Pride as the first pick in the second round (eighth overall) of the WPS Initial International Draft. She became one of the top two available forwards, along with teammate Marta, as they went on to win the regular season championship. In 2010, The Western New York Flash of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) announced that they had agreed to terms with the Canadian striker. In 2011 in Rochester, she was named MVP of the final as her Western New York Flash won the Women’s Professional Soccer championship. Sinclair’s goal in the 64th minute gave the Flash a 1-0 lead over the Philadelphia Independence, and when the game was forced to penalty kicks, Sinclair stepped up and made the second one as the Flash players converted all five of their attempts.
Sinclair is an evident source of pride for Canada as she won the Canadian Player of the Year honors 7 times, and won FIFA Women’s World Cup Bronze boot in 2003. Her great efforts still carry on and we hope that she continues to bring pride and joy to all Canadians.