Christine Sinclair

Jun 12, 1983
Burnaby, CAN
175 cm
University of Portland
Where they grew up
Burnaby, CAN
International "A" Level - CAN WNT
304 Appearances
298 Starts
187 Goals
53 Assists


Christine Sinclair

Christine Margaret Sinclair... she/her... speaks English... soccer family (parents Bill and Sandra Sinclair, uncles Bruce, Brian, Brent and Sue Gant, cousins Dylan and Brayden Gant, great grandfather Norm Garriock)... both her father Bill and mother Sandra were born in Vancouver... both her father Bill and uncle Brian won a Canada Soccer Amateur Championship with New Westminster Blues in 1972... Christine was less than four months old when her father Bill, as team manager, helped Vancouver Firefighters FC win the 1983 Canada Soccer Amateur Championship in Thunder Bay, Ontario (she was just seven years old when they won it all again in 1990 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)... she grew up playing soccer, baseball and basketball... she was four years old when she started playing soccer for South Burnaby Metro Club (she wore #10 for the Burna Bees)... growing up, favourites included Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Liverpool FC...

she earned a degree in Life Science from the University of Portland in 2005... she earned an honorary degree from both Simon Fraser University (honorary doctorate of laws degree in October 2013) and Kwantlen Polytechnic University (in October 2015)... served as Canada’s flag bearer at the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremonies... she was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada on 30 June 2017 (she was invested on 24 January 2018)... was honoured by the City of Vancouver whose Mayor Kennedy Stewart proclaimed 29 January 2020 as “Christine Sinclair 185 Day” (”...whereas now in her 21st international season, Christine Sinclair has scored more international “A” goals than any of player in the history of soccer...”)...

at age 15, she attended matches in Portland at the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 1999... served as a draw assistant at the Official Draw for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 on 3 March 2007... served as a special guest at the Official Draw for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 on 6 December 2014...

one of four members of iS4, a group that is dedicated to empowering others through workshops, speaking engagements, team building, and soccer camps... has served as a brand ambassador for Nike... has served as a global ambassador for the FIFA Live Your Goals campaign (starting in 2011)... has served as an ambassador for Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart program... featured in the Coca-Cola advertisement “Happiness is seeing yourself in the game” ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 ( in Canada, was featured on the front cover of FIFA 16 video game by EA Sports (alongside Lionel Messi)... has served as an ambassador for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada... featured in A&W Canada “Burgers for Multiple Sclerosis” television advertisements with Allen Lulu...

with Canada at the Olympic Games, won a gold medal (Tokyo 2021) and two bronze medals (London 2012 and Rio 2016)... she was in fact one of three players that won three consecutive Olympic medals (Sophie Schmidt, Desiree Scott, Christine Sinclair)... Concacaf champion with Canada (2010)… was the second footballer to represent Canada at five FIFA Women’s World Cups (USA 2003, China 2007, Germany 2011, Canada 2015, France 2019), including a fourth-place finish at USA 2003... in all, represented Canada at three Olympic Games (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016)... in all, won nine Concacaf medals with Canada (2002 silver, 2004 bronze, 2006 silver, 2008 silver, 2010 gold, 2012 silver, 2016 silver, 2018 silver, 2020 silver)... won medals with Canada at two Pan American Games (bronze at Rio 2007 and gold at Guadalajara 2011)... from China PR 2007, was noted by the FIFA Women’s World Cup Technical Study Group (”strong striker with good technique and shooting ability”)... from Beijing 2008, was noted by the Olympic Football Tournament Technical Study Group (”experienced, strong defender with good tackling and ball-shielding skills”)... from Germany 2011, was noted by the FIFA Women’s World Cup Technical Study Group (”intelligent striker who links attack with supporting midfielders”)... scored a memorable free-kick goal for Canada in the opening match against host Germany at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 (a 1:2 loss to Germany, from London 2012, was noted by the Olympic Football Tournament Technical Study Group (”charismatic attacker with good passing skills and technique, dangerous in front of goal”)...

won a silver medal with Canada at the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship Canada 2002… as a youth player in 2002, was noted by the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship Technical Study Group (“excellent goalscorer, dangerous, great crosses”)...

with Portland Thorns FC, a two-time NWSL Shield winner (2016, 2021), two-time NWSL Championship winner (2013, 2017), NWSL Fall Series winner (2020), NWSL Challenge Cup winner (2021), and International Women’s Cup winner (2021)... a two-time WPS Championship winner, once with FC Gold Pride (2010) and once with Western New York Flash (2011)... a USL W-League Championship winner with Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2006)... a two-time NCAA winner at the University of Portland (2002, 2005).. a Metro Women’s Soccer League winner with Vancouver UBC Alumni... a BC Soccer provincial championship winner with Vancouver UBC Alumni (2000)...

she was part of the London 2012 Olympic soccer team honoured in the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 (she was unable to attend the event in Toronto on 23 October 2019)... in 2020, named Canada Soccer Player of the Decade (2010-2019)... across 19 years from 2002 to 2020, she was an eight-time top-5 finalist in voting for the The Canadian Press Female Athlete of the Year (at 19 years, it was the longest era by a team-sport athlete, with only golfers Marlene Stewart-Streit 35 years, Ada MacKenzie 21 years, and Stan Leonard 20 years recognized across a longer era)... in 2020, both Alphonso Davies and Christine Sinclair were the fifth pair of athletes from the same sport to win The Canadian Press Athlete of the Year awards in the same year (athletics 1936, golf 2000, ice hockey 2007, tennis 2013 and 2014)...

said coach Even Pellerud in May 2000, “huge potential as a striker“... said coach Pellerud in June 2000, “she has that special quality that I cannot teach; she is just there and knocks the ball in with head, chest, or foot”...

said Andrea Neil in 2006, “anybody who has played with her knows she can change a game and urn it on it’s head. You can say she is young, but she has a world of experience under her belt. That makes her our most reliable player and I believe the world’s best right now”... said Sinclair after breaking her nose in a FIFA Women’s World Cup match, “it wasn’t bleeding or anything, so I said ‘all right, let me back on’”... said of her attacking skills in 2011, “I really don’t think about scoring, but instead think more about being dangerous”... said teammate Karina LeBlanc, Christine is “humble, but willing to do anything”... said coach John Herdman, “for me she is like a Rolls Royce: everything about her is class”... wrote Cathal Kelly in 2012, “few athletes ever have spoken so loudly through their actions and so softly on the verbal front”... said teammate Danielle Foxhoven, “she’s a beast athletically: she’s fast, she’s big, she’s tall, she’s strong, but she thinks. She can use all of those skills because she thinks faster than anybody. She thinks on another level. The good Lord blessed her”... said Christine in 2015, “I am the person I am today because of football; I started when I was four years old and you learn so many valuable lessons as a kid in a team sport (like) teamwork, selflessness, and respecting your teammates and opponents”... said John Herdman in 2016, “she’s such a great Canadian and this is reflected in her leadership of our team, not only in the way that she can inspire her teammates, but also in the way that she can inspire all Canadians”... said in 2017 of playing for Portland Thorns FC, “it's about the community and the organization and standing up for that: being a good person, being a good teammate, being a good member of this community”... said John Herdman in 2017, “every single day the decisions she makes about her football career and around her personal life, they are all about pulling on that red jersey”...

said Christine in 2017 of her appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada, “I am a very, very proud Canadian, I am proud of where I am from, so to be recognised in this nature is surreal. It’s not something you can dream about happening to you: I can dream of winning a World Cup or an Olympic gold medal, that’s my job; but to have your country recognise you, I don’t even know what to say”... said Christine in 2020, “I got about every day trying to be the best Canadian that I can in my own way”...

wrote Canada Soccer President Steven Reed in 2019, “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. Christine is the Canada Soccer Player of the Decade and unquestionably one of the greatest and most-loved athletes Canada has ever watched”...

said Christine Sinclair on 29 January 2020 after breaking the world record, “I’m a very proud Canadian. When I first joined the National Team, I had goals, dreams and aspirations of passing Mia Hamm one day. I should have aimed higher, not knowing that Abby Wambach would have beaten her, but I never could have imagined reaching the totals that I have. For all who have supported me through my career, a massive thank you”... said coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller after Sinclair broke the world record in 2020, “it’s a massive privilege to be part of this. It is history created right in front of your eyes and something I’m only a tiny little part of and it’s such a privilege and I’m so happy for Sinc”...


wrote Canada Soccer President Steven Reed in 2020, “Canada’s Christine Sinclair is the greatest international goalscorer in the world’s most beloved sport. We have watched her grow from teenage star on the local grounds to international superstar who is adored around the world. For more than 20 years, she has served as a global ambassador to our nation, continually raising the bar for our sport through her achievements on the pitch and her humble actions off the pitch”... wrote Canada Soccer General Secretary Peter Montopoli in 2020, “Christine Sinclair, an absolute treasure to Canada and Canadian sport, is truly deserving of her remarkable achievement in setting the world’s all-time international goalscoring record. She has been making history throughout her career, leading Canada with skill, determination, pride and honour on the international stage. There is only one Christine Sinclair and she is simply greatest of all time”... wrote Concacaf President Victor Montagliani, “Christine’s achievements have made her an icon in Canada. She transcends the sport and is a wonderful role model for people across the country. I hope she continues leading the line for the national team and scoring goals. I thank her for the enormous contribution she has made to the sport in Canada, the Concacaf region and across the world”... wrote FIFA President Gianni Infantino, “This achievement rewards your outstanding twenty-year career at the highest level, which could only be achieved thanks to your tremendous commitment, exemplary motivation, hard work and incredible passion for our beautiful game. Your human qualities and skills, not to mention your remarkable contribution to the popularity and growth of women's football, or soccer, deserve our admiration”...

wrote Canada Soccer President Dr. Nick Bontis in December 2020, “When we think back to some of the great moments in sport, we can cherish the moment that our Canadian captain Christine Sinclair became the world’s all-time international goalscoring record holder. To score 185 goals at the international level is an incredible feat and we may never get to see such a thing again in our lifetime. Watching Christine Sinclair lead Canada on the world stage has offered all of us some of the best memories as sports fans and as proud Canadians...”



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