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Letters to Christine: How Burnaby fans can thank, congratulate Sinclair

Burnaby city staff have created an online greeting card for the local soccer legend, who officially retired from Canada's national women's team on Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Burnaby residents are invited to write messages of gratitude or congratulations to Christine Sinclair, who officially retired from Canada's national women's soccer team on Dec. 5, 2023.

Christine Sinclair is officially retired from competing with Canada's national women's soccer team.

The Burnaby sports icon appeared in her final international match on Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Vancouver before more than 48,000 people, receiving multiple ovations, cheers and video tributes acknowledging her illustrious career. Canada won the friendly 1-0 over Australia.

"Honestly just joy," Sinclair said when asked what she would remember about the night.

"I've done everything I can on this national team. I'm 100 per cent satisfied and content. And to go out with a win in front of my friends, in front of my family, honestly, it's been the perfect night."

At the end of the month, Sinclair receive even more encouraging words — this time, from fans and residents of her hometown.

This week, the City of Burnaby created an online greeting card inviting the public to share memories and messages of gratitude for Sinclair.

Interested participants can write stories, as well as post photos and short videos. The card will be shared with Sinclair on Dec. 28, the city's website stated.

Sinclair announced her retirement from Canada Soccer on Oct. 20; she will play at least one more season of club soccer with Portland in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).

Both Burnaby and the B.C. government will proclaim Dec. 12 as "Christine Sinclair Day."

That night, City Hall and the BC Parkway will shine "special colours" — most likely red and white — to acknowledge Sinclair's impact on the community, the country and around the world.

After first kicking a ball at four years old in Burnaby, and ulimately graduating from Burnaby South Secondary, she made her first appearance with Canada's national soccer team in March 2000.

Sinclair is the all-time international goals leader, women or men, with 190 goals in more than 330 caps in nearly 25 years.

Her résumé also includes five FIFA Women's World Cups, a gold medal from the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and bronze from Rio 2016 and London 2012.

For more information or to send a message to Sinclair, you can visit the City of Burnaby's website.