SURREY — Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair will be paying a special visit to the 2013 CCAA Women's Soccer National Championships next month.
The four-day competition, involving Canada's eight top provincial conference teams, will be hosted by Kwantlen Polytechnic University at Newton Athletic Park from Nov. 6 to 9.
Sinclair, the Burnaby-born captain of the Canadian women's soccer team, will meet fans and sign autographs at the tournament. Her appearance date and time will be announced over the next two weeks.
"We already know this is going to be an outstanding tournament, but having one of the best players in the world attend brings it to a new level," stated Joan McEachern, assistant coach of the Kwantlen team.
"With Christine attending the event it will raise its profile, bring even more excitement and be very special for the players," added McEachern, who once wore Sinclair's number 12 on Canada's national team.
The high-scoring Sinclair and her fellow Canadians won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. On her own, Sinclair has earned the Canada Soccer Player of the Year award 10 times and last year was named Canada's Female Athlete of the Year. In September, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
The KPU Eagles women's soccer team - who won bronze at the 2009 CCAA National Championship - will double as hosts of the tournament next month, as well as participants. For the past four consecutive years, the team has qualified for the PACWEST provincial championships, winning bronze in 2008, and secured the title of consecutive provincial champions with wins in 2009 and 2010. They went on to play in the CCAA Nationals both years, placing third in the country with a bronze in 2009.
"The KPU players are extremely excited to have the opportunity to play for the championship in front of their home fans," said McEachern. "It is a unique opportunity the players will seize in a phenomenal four days of soccer from the best CCAA teams from across Canada."
The tournament is open to the public, with seating for 1,000 at the varsity field at Newton Athletic Park. Elementary, high school and post-secondary students are eligible for free admission with a valid student ID. There are also other ways to get involved: Volunteer opportunities are open to the general public, allowing students, sports buffs and community members the unique chance to participate in a national event with the nation's top female student soccer players.
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