Burnaby to welcome Christine Sinclair at official dedication ceremony

Last updated: September 11, 2023

The City of Burnaby is inviting the community to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Burnaby sports legend and Olympic champion Christine Sinclair as she attends the official dedication ceremony of the Christine Sinclair Community Centre on September 9.

“We’re incredibly excited to host this homecoming for Christine and to provide our community with the chance to celebrate her incredible achievements—both on and off the pitch,” said Mayor Mike Hurley. “Christine Sinclair is not just the greatest Canadian soccer player of all time, she is a role model for our youth and an ambassador who has helped raise funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis research, and we are so proud to have the opportunity to name an outstanding community facility in her honour.”

The dedication event will take place from 11 am-2 pm at the Christine Sinclair Community Centre in Burnaby. Following a short introduction from Mayor Mike Hurley and Councillor Sav Dhaliwal, Sinclair will say a few words and assist with the ribbon cutting and unveiling of a dedication wall. Afterwards, she will be available to sign autographs.

The event will also feature free, family-friendly events including face painting, games, roving entertainment and music, as well as food trucks and a jamboree headlined by the Burnaby FC. 

About Christine Sinclair 
Burnaby born and raised, Christine Sinclair started playing soccer in her hometown when she was just four years old. She is the most successful soccer play to ever compete for Canada, having competed in four Olympic Games, and leading Team Canada to win gold at Tokyo 2020 after back-to-back bronzes at London in 2012 and Rio in 2016. 

The pride of Burnaby, Christine Sinclair holds the record for the most goals in international play with 190 and is one of very few players to have achieved more than 300 international caps (games played at an international level).

She is the recipient of the Lou Marsh Award (awarded to Canada’s top athlete of the year) and the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award (awarded to Canada’s female athlete of the year), and is a member of the Order of Canada.

About the Christine Sinclair Community Centre
Originally built in 2013, the facility at 3713 Kensington includes 146,000 square feet of space located on a 5.16-acre property at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex. The facility was acquired by the City of Burnaby in December 2020 and opened to the public in 2021. The facility includes a double-gymnasium, fitness studios, weight and cardio room, cycle and TRX studio, active studio and the Bastion Café.  

Learn More: Burnaby.ca/OfficialKickOff

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Chris Bryan
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