OTD: Christine Sinclair wins 2012 Bobbie Rosenfeld Award

On today’s date in 2012, Canadian soccer player Christine Sinclair won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canadian Press female athlete of the year.

In May 2015, Canada Post issued a Permanent stamp to mark Canada’s hosting of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The stamp featured Sinclair alongside fellow teammate Kadeisha Buchanan.

The pressure-sensitive stamp was issued in booklets of 10 measuring 40 mm x 32 mm (horizontal). The stamp was designed by Debbie Adams of Toronto and printed by Lowe-Martin on Tullis Russell paper using eight-colour lithography. The official first-day cover was cancelled in Edmonton, Alta., site of the opening game. A collectible plaque showcasing the players along with a mint stamp was also issued.

Sinclair, the all-time leader in international appearances for Canada, has scored more than 150 goals in international play. A two-time Olympian, she led Canada to an Olympic bronze medal in the 2012 London Games. Her performance included three goals in one game against the U.S. team, which went on to win the gold, and she carried Canada’s flag at the closing ceremony. The 2015 competition was her fourth consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Bobbie Rosenfeld was commemorated on this 45-cent stamp (Scott #1610) issued by Canada Post in 1996.

ROSENFELD: A NATIONAL HERO

In 1996, to commemorate the 100th Olympic Games, Canada Post issued a five-stamp set featuring some of the country’s greatest gold medalists. Rosenfeld was commemorated on a 45-cent stamp (Scott #1610) as part of Canada Post’s Canadian Olympic Gold Medallists issue.

Printed by Ashton-Potter on Coated Papers Limited paper, the multi-coloured stamp features a design by Mark Koudis based on photograph from Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. The image shows Rosenfeld in a starting position and ready to begin a race.

Rosenfeld was chosen to compete in both the 100-yard dash and discus events, but after both were scheduled for the same day, she was entered in the 100-yard dash. She would earn gold for her country; the U.S. took home the silver medal and Germany the bronze.

Rosenfeld was a well-known track-and-field competitor when the International Amateur Athletic Federation decided to allow women to compete in five track-and-field events at the 1928 Olympics. During the trials to select the women’s team, she set Canadian records in the running broad jump, standing broad jump and discus. What’s more, she ran the 100-metre dash just four-fifths of a second slower than the world record. Known as “The Matchless Six” by the Canadian Press, the women of the Canadian Olympic team became national heroes after their performance that year.

She died in Toronto in 1969.

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