Christine Sinclair is Canada’s Female Athlete of the Year

British Columbian Christine Sinclair won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award, bestowed on The Canadian Press’ Outstanding Canadian Female Athlete in 2020.

Sinclair, 37, deserves this honor for the second time in her career. The only soccer player to ever win, Sinclair was also elected in 2012 after leading Canada to a memorable bronze medal at the London Olympics.

Sinclair garnered 20 of the 66 votes cast by directors, journalists and sports commentators across the country. Another soccer player, Kadeisha Buchanan, who won the UEFA Women’s Champions League for the fourth time with club Lyon, came second, with 14 points.

Short track speed skating specialist of Quebec Kim Boutin finished fourth with eight points, one behind professional basketball player Kia Nurse and one more than golfer Brooke Henderson.

Sinclair, the veteran captain of the Canadian team, added to an already impressive record by breaking the record of former American player Abby Wambach, who had scored 184 goals on the international stage.

She achieved her feat on Jan.29 at the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in Edinburg, TX with her second goal of the game in Canada’s 11-0 win over St. Kitts. and-Niévès, a Caribbean national team ranked 127th in the world, at the time.

The winner of the Lionel Conacher Award, presented to The Canadian Press’s Outstanding Canadian Male Athlete, will be announced Tuesday. The nation’s most successful team will follow on Wednesday.

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