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!