Karina LeBlanc
Karina
LeBlanc

Born
Mar 30, 1980
Age
42
Club
N/A
Birthplace
Atlanta, USA
Height
173 cm
School(s)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Where they grew up
Maple Ridge, CAN
TEAM HONOURS (5)
STATS
International "A" Level - CAN WNT
110 Appearances
108 Starts
45 cleansheets

Bio

Karina LeBlanc

Karina Chenelle LeBlanc... her father Vans was born in DMA while her mother Winsome was born in JAM... her parents were living in Roseau, DMA, but Karina was born in Atlanta while her parents were stationed in USA for three weeks as a result of a hurricane in the Caribbean... Karina was eight years old when she moved from Roseau to Maple Ridge... she married her husband Jason Mathot in 2016... she was 12 years old when she started playing soccer for Golden Ears Angels... grew up participating in soccer, basketball, field hockey and track... enjoys writing, hanging out with friends, public speaking... favourites have included Gianluigi Buffon, Iker Casillas, Manuel Neuer...

was Canada’s first two-time CONCACAF champion, winning titles in 1998 and 2010...

earned a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Management, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln... one of four members of iS4, a group that is dedicated to empowering others through workshops, speaking engagements, team building, and soccer camps... named in her honour, the Karina LeBlanc Game Changer Award recognised a BC Games participant who removed barriers to participation in sport....

has served as an ambassador for UNICEF Canada (starting in 2013)... has participated in We Day (Vancouver 2013 and Vancouver 2014)... spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in the Summer of 2014 (she spoke on the importance of sport and challenging others to their greater purpose)... spoke at Beyond Sport panel at Yankee Stadium in July 2014... attended the Final Match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Vancouver (she sat next to Prime Minister Stephen Harper during the match)... was a participant at the FIFA Female Leadership Programme in June 2016... attended the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019...

she was honoured by Canada Soccer for reaching 100 international “A” appearances ahead of the Canada home match on 30 May 2012 at Stade Moncton in Moncton (Canada Soccer President Victor Montagliani presented commemorative plaques to both Candace Chapman and Karina LeBlanc)... after her playing career, she was celebrated by Canada Soccer on 4 February 2017 in the half-time presentation to former Olympic bronze medal winners at BC Place in Vancouver (on that day, Karina LeBlanc, Carmelina Moscato and Emily Zurrer were honoured at the Canada match)... she was celebrated as part of the London 2012 Olympic soccer team honoured in the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 in Toronto on 23 October 2019 (she was one of 18 players that attended the event)...

said LeBlanc after the 2000 WUSA Draft, “it’s great for Nebraska soccer that so many of us have this opportunity (and) I think it just shows how great the program is. We didn’t get here on own own as there are great coaches - Marty Everding, Megan Bechtold, and John Walker - and great athletes that have helped to give us this opportunity”... said LeBlanc ahead of her fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2011, “you want to live each moment like it is brand new because every FIFA Women’s World Cup is different”...

CAREER OVERVIEW:

Two-time CONCACAF champion (1998, 2010) and Olympic Games bronze medal winner (London 2012)... fourth-place finish at the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003... in all, five FIFA Women’s World Cups and two Olympic Football Tournaments... six medals from seven CONCACAF tournaments (two gold, three silver, one bronze)... two medals from three Pan American Games (gold and bronze)... runner up in Player of the Year voting in 2009... career 110 international "A" appearances from 1998 to 2015 as a goalkeeper... Canada record 47 clean sheets (including 33 shutout wins)... Canada Soccer Centennial Top 30 Female Footballers... Canada Soccer Centennial Top 30 Female Footballers... club career in Canada and USA... NWSL Championship winner with Portland Thorns FC in 2013... reached WPS final with Los Angels Sol in 2009... USL W-League Goalkeeper of the Year in 2005... All-WUSA Second Team goalkeeper in 2003... Canada Games winner with British Columbia in 1997.

CANADA SOCCER HALL OF FAME - CLASS of 2020:

“Thank you Canada Soccer for this remarkable honour to join such a prestigious group of people as part of the Class of 2020 alongside Brittany Timko in the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame. As a kid I dreamed of playing for my country, but never did I imagine that my dream would lead me to the Hall of Fame as a individual. This means so much to me as this truly is the best of the best of soccer in Canada. To my family, I thank you for always being there for me, supporting me and being my cheerleaders from day one. You allowed a shy baby girl to find her voice. To my husband, I cannot imagine life without you. You have been my rock and my wings to allow me to fly since we met age the age of 16. We are bringing a new baby girl into this world and I cannot wait to start this new chapter and journey together. To my in-laws, you brought me into your family from day one and supported me as if I were your own, so thank you. To my teammates who have always inspired me to be a better version of myself on and off the field. They along with the many coaches I have had have made me into the women that I am today. As I look back, so many people have influenced me that to single each out would take a while because it wasn’t just the players and coaches, but administration, fans and everyone that played a role in the women’s game that had an impact on me. I have had the pleasure of growing with the women’s game and so many people have been a part of this journey, so to all I say thank you. There are so many future Hall of Famers in this country so to that young girl who dares to dream big, work hard, believe in herself, I say go after it! I was told I wasn’t good enough many times, but you have to see it to believe it. I hope that my time playing for our beautiful country inspired someone or two to know that we all have greatness in us, you just have to start believing it to live it. Dreams do come true…this honour shows exactly that. A very proud Canadian!"

For Country

she was 18 years old when she made her debut for Canada (21 July 1998)... won a gold medal with Canada at the 1998 CONCACAF Women's Championship / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for USA 1999... represented Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999 (she was Canada’s youngest player, but did not feature)... finished fourth with Canada at the XIII Pan American Games Winnipeg 1999... represented Canada at the 2000 Algarve Women's Cup... finished fourth with Canada at the 2000 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup... 
 
represented Canada at the 2001 Algarve Women's Cup... won a silver medal with Canada at the 2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for USA 2003... represented Canada at the 2003 Algarve Women's Cup... finished fourth with Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003... finished third with Canada at the 2004 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament in Costa Rica... 
 
she was the 12th women's footballer to make her 50th appearance for Canada (23 February 2006)... won a bronze medal with Canada at the XV Pan American Games Rio 2007... represented Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007 (she did not feature)... finished first with Canada at the 2008 Cyprus Women's Cup... finished second with Canada at the 2008 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament (Canada qualified for the Beijing 2008 Olympics)... reached the quarter-final phase with Canada at the Beijing 2008 Women's Olympic Football Tournament... 
 
finished second with Canada at the 2009 Cyprus Women's Cup... she was the 13th women's footballer to make her 75th appearance for Canada (3 March 2010)... finished first with Canada at the 2010 Cyprus Women's Cup... won a gold medal with Canada at the 2010 CONCACAF championship / FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifiers for Germany 2011... finished first with Canada at the 2011 Cyprus Women's Cup... represented Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011... was the second Canadian to participate in four FIFA Women's World Cups (1999, 2003, 2007, 2011)... won a gold medal with Canada at the XVI Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011... won a silver medal with Canada at the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament in Vancouver (Canada qualified for London 2012)... finished second with Canada at the 2012 Cyprus Women's Cup... she was the 10th women's footballer to make her 100th appearance for Canada (24 March 2012)... won an Olympic bronze medal with Canada at the London 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament... 
 
finished sixth with Canada at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 (one of three goalkeepers)... was the first Canadian to participate in five FIFA Women's World Cups (1999 through 2015)... left international football as Canada’s all-time leader in appearances by a goalkeeper (110, later surpassed by Erin McLeod)... 

For Sport

served as a goalkeeper coach in Canada Soccer’s women’s national youth program in 2004 (one camp with coach Jens Kraemer)... served as an assistant coach with Rutgers University (2005-2010)... a member of CONCACAF’s Players Ambassador Program (starting 2017)... 
 
has served as Head of Concacaf Women’s Football (starting 3 August 2018)... 
 
featured on Fox Sports coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019... 

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