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 have won it, Sinclair was also elected to that title 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, was 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 experienced captain of the Canadian team, added to an already impressive record by erasing the record of ex-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. et-Niévès, a Caribbean national team ranked at 127e world rank at the time.
The winner of the Lionel Conacher Award, presented to the Canadian Press Outstanding Male Athlete, will be unveiled on Tuesday. The nation’s premier team will follow on Wednesday.