For the second time in her career, Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair has won the Bobbie Rosenfeld award, which is given to the best Canadian female athlete each year by The Canadian Press. Sinclair also won the award in 2012, the same year she led Canada to a bronze medal at the London Olympics. No other soccer player has won the award.
Sinclair has bee a top-five finalist for the award 19 times since 2002, which is the highest number among any team-sport athlete in the history of the award. Her 19 top-five finishes outranks Canadian legends such as Wayne Gretzky (15) and Mario Lemieux (17).
It certainly was a legendary year for Sinclair. The 37-year-old broke the world record for most international goals earlier this year on Jan. 29 against St. Kitts & Nevis when she scored her 185th career international goal. She scored one more goal in 2020, putting her career total at 186.
Sinclair also had a solid year with the Thorns in the limited games the club played. She helped Portland earn the Verizon Community Shield back in October, scoring six goals in just four games.