Canada Women Lately 12.08.12

Sinclair named 2012 CBC Canada’s Athlete of the Year
The people have spoken: Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair has been named 2012 CBC Canada’s Athlete of the Year. Tabbed the “People’s Pick” by CBC, the online vote was conducted from 30 November to 7 December via CBCSports.ca.

“The Canadian Soccer Association would like to congratulate Christine on the terrific recognition presented to her by the fans who voted in this year’s CBC Canada’s Athlete of the Year poll,” said Peter Montopoli, Canadian Soccer Association General Secretary. “It is a tribute to Christine and her teammates for all that they have done in both our national and international sporting communities in 2012.”

Sinclair has long been one of country’s favourite athletes, having first represented Canada at age 16 in March 2000. She has grown in stature and popularity ever since. In one of her crowning seasons in 2012, she led Canada to its first Olympic team-sport medal since 1936.

In 2012, Sinclair scored a national-record 23 goals in 22 matches, the second time she has averaged better than a goal per game at the international “A” level and the 12th time she has led her nation in goals. She was also the top goal scorer at both the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in January and the London 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in July and August.

Canada w15 announces camp and roster
Canada’s national women’s program has announced a 24-player roster for an upcoming women’s U-15 talent identification camp in Vaughan, ON. The seven-day camp runs 14-20 December 2012.
This marks the first project for 1997-born players, an age group that will be eligible for the women’s U-17 international competitions in 2014. The camp will be led by Canada’s Women’s Excel Program U-20 Director and Coach Andrew Olivieri.

The Canadian camp features goalkeepers Devon Kerr, Patricia Koutoulas and Ashleah McDonald, defenders Hannah Carrothers, Samantha Donald, Quinn Hardstaff, Rachel Jones, Adrienne Li, Easther Mayi-Kith, Nadia Pestell and Mika Richards, and midfielders/forwards Katherine Bearne, Emily Borgmann, Simmrin Dhaliwal, Jessie Fleming, Olivia Gauthier, Monpreet Heer, Sarah Kinzer, Sarah Médéiros, Marie-Mychèle Métivier, Biaca St-Georges, April Trowbridge, and Cassie Wheldon.

All 24 players are taking part in their first-ever national project.