On Friday, Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair was appointed as an Officer to the Order of Canada — one of the nation’s highest civilian honors.
Sinclair has represented Canada for 17 years, scoring 168 goals in 259 appearances for the senior national team. She’s led Canada to two consecutive Olympic Bronze medals in 2012 and 2016, as well as a CONCACAF Championship.
In her career with the Thorns, Sinclair has scored 27 goals in 74 appearances, and captained the team to the 2016 NWSL Shield for the best regular season record.
“I think what’s special for me is that this goes beyond soccer,” she told Canada Soccer. “I am a very, very proud Canadian, I am proud of where I am from, and to be recognized in this nature is surreal. It’s not something you can dream about happening to you… I can dream of winning a World Cup or an Olympic Gold Medal, and that’s my job, but to have your country recognize you – I don’t even know what to say.”