City hangs medal in honor of Burnaby football star


The City of Burnaby quickly found another way to honor Christine Sinclair.

The pride of Burnaby and Canada’s National Women’s Soccer Team surprised Sweden 1-1 (3-2) on penalties to win the first gold medal in women’s soccer in Canadian history.

By 2 p.m. Friday, the town workshop had finished making a giant gold medal and hung it on the side of the Kensington Avenue community center which now bears its name. The medal had already been made largely in advance and then painted gold after the big win, Burnaby Mayor MIke Hurley said, adding that the idea sprouted just after Canada qualified for the game for the gold medal.

“Coming to this Olympic tournament, Christine Sinclair was widely regarded as the greatest female soccer player in history. With this result, there is no doubt, ”Hurley said in a press release after the game.

“Christine is not only the leader of her team – she is a wonderful role model and ambassador for Burnaby on the world stage, and we were all so proud to see her and the rest of Team Canada be so successful at the Games. 2020 Olympic Games. “

Sinclair has donned the Maple Leaf over 300 times, starting most of those games.

Sinclair is widely regarded as one of the best female soccer players in the world. She led Team Canada to two consecutive bronze medals at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics. Sinclair holds the record for most goals in the international game (women’s and men’s soccer) with 187, and has 304 international caps. (matches played internationally), thus ranking fourth all-time.

– With files from Jess Balzer

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