Christine Sinclair For Canada’s Flagbearer For London Olympics Closing Ceremony

Christine Sinclair, the captain of the bronze-winning Canadian women’s Olympics soccer team, is our choice to carry the flag during the closing ceremony of the London Olympics. That’s the word from Canadians. See the Twitter hashtag #SinclairForFlagBearer. I approve.

By making Sinclair flag-bearer, Canada would honour both our gallant women’s soccer team and her personal achievements at the London Olympics and beyond. Soccer isn’t just about teamwork. It’s also about individuals: the coach, the team captain, and the individual player who brings something special to the team. Soccer is also leadership.

Sinclair captained the team into the history books. This is the first time ever a Canadian women’s soccer team has won an Olympic medal. And then she scored goals. Six of them. She’s the London Olympics lead goal scorer. And her goals are Olympics record.

But what can I say about Sinclair’s hat-trick in the hard-fought 4-3 semi-final loss to the Americans? That’s world-class soccer, folks!

Our soccer bronze medal is better than gold. Through it, we spoke to the world. Our message: Canadian soccer has come of age. We’ve reiterated the fact that Canada is home to the world’s greatest female soccer player on the planet at the moment: Christine Sinclair.

The seven-time Canadian female player of the year has 189 caps for the national team in international engagements. She has scored a staggering 143 goals in international competitions and is currently tied for second place with another great female player on the planet, American Abby Wambach. American soccer legend Mia Hamm is the world’s top goal all-time goal scorer with 158 goals.

Obviously, you’ve something to say about this. Please cast your vote:

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And, a sample of what other Canadians are saying on Twitter:




Photo credits: Toronto Sun

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  • Thanks to all of you who voted for Captain Canada on this blog, Twitter and other sites! She did it!

  • Christine Sinclair, captain of Canada’s history-making women’s Olympics soccer team, has been named Canada’s flagbearer for the Olympic Closing Ceremony. I like the way the oft-mean, Harper Conservatives-cuddling National Post sums the moment: “Captain Canada’s Olympic odyssey ends on the highest of notes: as flagbearer for the closing ceremony”. And: “…Sinclair’s influence, her impact on the Canadian landscape these last two weeks, has been immense, extending miles beyond her goal-total”. And: “With all due respect, there was simply no other choice.” Actually, the last statement is not quite true. Sinclair was the best of a couple of choices. For example, Rosie MacLennan, who won Canada’s only gold medal.