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:
And, a sample of what other Canadians are saying on Twitter:
— Noel Butler (@TheSoccerNoel) August 9, 2012
— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) August 10, 2012
— Jason deVos (@jasondevos) August 9, 2012
— Luke Wileman (@LukeWileman) August 10, 2012
— Christy Clark (@christyclarkbc) August 9, 2012
— jian ghomeshi (@jianghomeshi) August 9, 2012
— lloydrang (@lloydrang) August 9, 2012
Photo credits: Toronto Sun