SURREY — Christine Sinclair, captain of the Canadian women’s national soccer team, was awarded an honorary degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) during a special convocation ceremony at the university’s Surrey campus on Tuesday (Oct. 6).
KPU announced the decision to award Sinclair an honorary degree in 2013, but her schedule has kept her from attending convocation until now.
Sinclair is an Olympic bronze medalist and Canada’s all-time leading scorer, and has been named Player of the Year by Canada Soccer 12 times.
“She brings strength and dignity to the sport of soccer, and her presence on the field is extraordinary,” noted KPU President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Alan Davis.
“She is an inspiration to all young people and it’s an honour for us to bestow this tribute on her.”
Sinclair was named Athlete of the Year by Sportsnet in 2012, she is a recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, she has a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, and in 2015 she was featured on a Canadian postage stamp with teammate Kadeisha Buchanan.