Christine Sinclair ends up in Florida during a pandemic but continues to ravage Canada


Under various circumstances, Christine Sinclair finds herself in Florida these days. But while she resists the blockage of COVID-19, her heart remains in Canada.

And the global pandemic is striking near her home for the native of Burnaby, British Columbia. Her mother, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, lives in a Vancouver suburban health facility.

“There is no known case where it is found, so it is positive,” said Sinclair.

The captain of Canada Soccer is particularly grateful to everyone on the front line during the pandemic. But she knows that everyone can do their part.

“For many people, it actually means doing something fairly simple – staying at home. ” she said. “Even as difficult as it is sometimes. I know for myself why I do it and my family does it for people like my mom. These are the vulnerable people in society right now. “

“It’s about saving lives,” she added.

The best international scorer in the world shows her support and appreciation for the Canadian Olympic Committee’s “We are all Team Canada” campaign.

“My family and I are grateful for the heroes who put everything at stake to keep us safe. Now more than ever, “Sinclair tweeted next to a photo of a homemade sign with maple leaves and his two nieces.

“They are all about art and helping,” said Sinclair proudly. “They thought it was quite special. “

Sinclair joins personalities like hockey icon Hayley Wickenheiser, basketball star Kia Nurse, former news anchor Peter Mansbridge, trampoline gymnast Rosie MacLennan and music Arkells by posting motivational messages to iron out the curve and show their appreciation.

“It is time for us to unite and work together even if we are separated,” says the COC, explaining the campaign. “It is time for us to show our support for Canada and all those who make sacrifices to make a difference. “

The COC calls Sinclair “the perfect ambassador for this campaign, given her selfless nature and the enduring qualities she has shown on the soccer field.”

Sinclair, 36, ended up in Florida via Charlie, her Pomeranian dog, whom she had entrusted to a friend while on an international mission with Canada.

After playing at the French Tournament from March 4 to 10 in Calais, she returned to Florida to find Charlie and spend a few days in the sun before returning home to Portland, Oregon, where she is captain of the NWSL Thorns.

Because France was a COVID-19 hot spot, it had to isolate itself for 14 days when it landed in North America. Then the pandemic came down.

“I didn’t want to have to travel before I had to. I’m pretty good here, ”said Sinclair. “And you could just see that the NWSL (pre-season) training was going to stop and (the season) was going to be postponed. “

She had not returned to Portland since December due to the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in Texas and California and the tournament in France.

“So I’m in Florida,” she said. “Which is not a bad place, with the weather. It helped a lot … It’s really nice to run in 35 degrees Celsius. “

The Thorns were scheduled to open the season last Saturday against Utah Royals FC with a weekend game in Chicago against the Red Stars.

On Friday, the NWSL extended its moratorium on team training until May 15.

The addition to his goal record is pending at this time. Sinclair has 186 career goals, exceeding the world record of retired American striker Abby Wambach of 184 on January 29 at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualification Tournament.

Having led Canada to consecutive Olympic bronze medals, Sinclair still has his eye on Tokyo despite the postponement of the Games until 2021. When the news of the postponement arrived, his immediate thought was “OK, we have a another year to get better. “

“Because there are gaps in our team right now compared to the best teams in the world,” said Sinclair of his eighth-ranked team. “It just gives us a chance to improve. “

She quickly contacted her Canadian teammates via their discussion group.

“Ideally, we didn’t want to prepare for the Olympics in the apartments or try to find random patches of grass in the cities. It just wasn’t ideal, “she said.

“Yes, I was very proud of the COC for beating the sands the way they did. And I’m also glad that the Olympics were postponed because it was the only thing that made sense. “

Meanwhile, Sinclair trains in the Sunshine State until the NWSL gives the green light to start the preseason.

“It was a strange opportunity to probably get fitter,” she said. “I’m probably more of a runner now after the last six weeks, which isn’t the most fun but I’ve definitely put the work down. “

And three times a week, she participates in video training sessions with the national team under the supervision of strength and conditioning coach Cesar Meylan.

“And then in terms of football, I was kicked out of the fields here in Tampa with Tom Brady,” she said with a laugh, referring to the star quarterback from Tampa Bay who was asked to leave a park closed during off season training.

“But I found a few small patches of grass that looked OK, so I was able to remove bullets and stuff like that. I’m just trying to get the most out of it. “

While not training, Sinclair did a bit of binge eating – like everyone else.

“I am embarrassed to admit that I watched‘ Tiger King, “” she said.

Sinclair also made its way through “Manhunt,” ending the second season overnight.

It’s impressive, she was told. “It’s pathetic,” she replied, laughing.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 24, 2020.

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