Christine Sinclair named female athlete of the year
Soccer player Christine Sinclair has won the Robbie Rosenfeld award as the female athlete of the year. The award is decided by the Canadian Press. The 29-year old Sinclair captained Canada to a bronze medal at the London Olympics. She had a heroic performance in the semi-finals of the Olympics, scoring three goals in a loss to the United States.
The bronze medal was Canada's first medal in a team sport at a summer olympics since 1936.
"She's always been one of the best in the world, she's always been fantastic, and what's great about this year is that the world got to see her at the highest stage -- Olympics," said Canada's veteran goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc. "The world was watching, and she showed what we've all known for so long.
Sinclair earned 269 points, including the majority of first-place votes (84), to run away with the award, which is determined through balloting among sports editors and broadcasters across the country.
Olympic trampoline champion Rosie MacLennan was second with 118 points ahead of speedskater Christine Nesbitt (76), tennis player Eugenie Bouchard (30) and hockey player Caroline Ouellette (27).
"It's a huge honour," Sinclair said, but then deflected praise to her teammates as deftly as she delivers a pass.
"I'm proud of our team. We had a goal this year heading into the Olympics and that was to bring home a medal, and we accomplished that and just to sort of see the way Canada fell in love with our team, it's been very remarkable."
With files from the Canadian Press