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Burnaby soccer icon Christine Sinclair penning memoir on life, historic career

Book is set to be released in the fall of 2022
Burnaby soccer great Christine Sinclair.

It continues to be a busy week for Burnaby's Christine Sinclair, who is now planning to release a memoir later this year. 

This past Monday (Jan. 17), Sinclair was again recognized on the international stage, this time by the top governing body in the world.

She was honoured by FIFA, receiving The Best FIFA Special Award for being the top scorer in international play of any gender.

Sinclair appeared virtually and was presented the award by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and presenters Reshmin Chowdhury and Jermaine Jenas. 

“First and foremost, I’d like to thank my family for their support and guidance throughout my entire career," She said in her opening remarks. 

“From my parents’ constant support and allowing their little girl to leave home at a young age to chase my dreams, to my brother for tolerating his younger sister for all those years. I hope he knows all I wanted to be was him. I’m standing here today because of all of you. 

She became the top international scorer in women's soccer on Jan. 29, 2020, netting goal 185, surpassing the previous all-time leader Abby Wambach of the U.S.

Sinclair has worn the Canadian jersey in 308 international appearances, starting 302 of those matches. She reached possibly the biggest accomplishment in her career this past summer at the Tokyo Summer Olympics, where the Women's National Team stunned the world, taking home the gold medal.

She has 188 goals and 53 assists to date. 

This morning, Random House Canada announced the 38-year-old is penning a memoir titled "Playing the Long Game." 

Sinclair will be working with bestselling sportswriter and broadcaster Stephen Brunt on the project, which is currently scheduled to be released this coming fall. 

“I think everyone in Canada carries an indelible and inspiring image of Christine Sinclair in our hearts, from winning Gold at the Tokyo Olympics, or leading an underestimated team to bronze at the London Games, or so many other matches on the international stage," Executive Editor and VP of Random House Canada Anne Collins said in an announcement via a statement

"She is hugely respected and admired, and it will be a complete privilege and a revelation to publish a book that opens a door for readers on what most matters to her and what inspires her.”

The book will include her reflection on significant moments and turning points in her career including big wins and losses survived, not only on the field. 

”At this point in my career, I am proud of many things but most of all, the role my teammates and I have had in strengthening Canada’s position in the sport world and changing the landscape of women’s soccer forever," Sinclair said in the statement released today.

"I can’t wait to share my experiences in this book.”