December 12th, 2023
BC Soccer Celebrates Christine Sinclair!
Today, on Christine Sinclair Day in BC, we celebrate Christine’s dedication, hard work, and love for the game! Over the years, she inspired our local communities and was instrumental in fostering the growth of soccer in our province. Through Christine’s leadership, determination, and remarkable achievements of becoming the all-time highest goal scorer, she elevated our sport, leaving a legacy to future generations in the province!
Growing up in a sports-oriented family, Sinclair's passion for soccer bloomed early. Her journey in the ‘Beautiful Game’ began at the local soccer fields throughout Burnaby, BC, where she laid the foundation for what would become a remarkable career. Her dedication and commitment earned her a scholarship to the University of Portland where she played Division I Soccer and then to the Vancouver Whitecaps Women's side, where she continued to excel.
Sinclair's impact on British Columbia's soccer scene extends beyond the provincial borders. Her success with the Canadian Women's National Soccer Team has been nothing short of historic. As the team's captain, she led Canada to numerous victories, notably clinching back-to-back Olympic bronze medals in both London 2012, and Rio de Janeiro 2016, as well as earning an Olympic Gold medal in Tokyo 2021. Sinclair's influence extends beyond her goal-scoring heights; she is celebrated for her leadership, sportsmanship, and dedication to the growth of women's soccer.
Off the field, Sinclair has become a revered figure and an inspiration to aspiring athletes, especially young girls interested in soccer. Her commitment to community involvement and various charitable initiatives have solidified her status as a role model beyond her athletic achievements.
In 2020, Sinclair achieved a monumental milestone by surpassing Abby Wambach's record for the most international goals scored in women's soccer. This achievement not only solidified her place as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport but also brought attention to the thriving soccer culture in British Columbia that played a crucial role in shaping her career.
Christine Sinclair's story within British Columbia is one of talent, dedication, and breaking barriers. From the local soccer fields to the global stage, she earned the admiration and respect of soccer enthusiasts worldwide. As Sinclair continues to contribute to the sport and inspire future generations, her legacy in British Columbia remains an integral part of her extraordinary journey.
“Christine Sinclair's legacy is an elevated awareness of ‘the possible’ in Women’s soccer in Canada and has left a huge impact on the ‘Beautiful Game’ right here in British Columbia. Her game, leadership, advocacy for equity and dedication to the game have inspired countless players and soccer stakeholders across the world and more specifically in BC. As the President of BC Soccer, I am honoured to witness and acknowledge the transformative influence Sinclair has had on our local soccer and national communities, leaving an extraordinary mark that will resonate for generations to come. I can’t wait to see what is next for Christine Sinclair and BC Soccer will be right here to help in any way possible. Congratulations on a remarkable career Christine.” - Gayle Statton, BC Soccer President
On December 6th, in recognition of her inspiring journey, BC Soccer Executive Director, Jason Elligott, President Gayle Statton and Vice President Carlos Grosso were pleased to present Christine with a special gift symbolizing her story within the border of British Columbia. Crafted by Pacific Northwest Coast Indigenous artist Trevor Hunt of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw Nation, located in northern Vancouver Island, the adjacent coastal mainland, and the smaller islands in between, this paddle carries great significance. In Northwest Coast First Nations cultures, the paddle is created with pride and serves symbolically as a representation of a journey. The Eagle, a symbol of immense importance and prestige, embodies qualities such as focus, strength, peace, and leadership.
On behalf of the soccer community in BC, thank you, Christine, for your immeasurable contribution to soccer in our province, country, and the world! Your commitment, effort, and passion for the game have inspired our communities and fueled the growth of soccer within Canada and globally. Uplifting pride and belief through leadership, determination, and outstanding achievement as the highest goal scorer of all time.
Join us as we celebrate ‘Christine Sinclair Day’ in British Columbia!