QMI’s Canadian Team of the Year: Women’s soccer
It’s easy to comprehend a Canadian men’s hockey team capturing the imagination of the entire country. But a soccer team? And a female soccer team at that. But that exactly has what happened. At least in the eyes of the QMI News Agency, a group that collects news and other interesting factoids for the Canoe.ca system and a number of SUN newspapers across Canada.
So, while others were watching the latest Miss Universe contest, held in Las Vegas, Canadian soccer fans were watching their own talented team claim the QMI Team of the Year title. Not a universal title, perhaps, but most likely just one of many accolades that will soon come to the team.
As for the other Miss Universe— A 20-year-old beauty queen who plays the cello and is a breast cancer advocate was crowned Miss Universe recently, the eighth time an American has won the pageant where the world’s most beautiful women parade in bikinis and ball gowns.
Olivia Culpo, 20, a brunette from Rhode Island, was chosen by a 10-judge panel from 89 contestants representing countries ranging from India to Kosovo and Britain.
Culpo, wearing a red, long-sleeved dress for her final look, was the eighth winner from the United States in the contest’s 60-year history, and the first Miss USA to take the title since 1997.
But back to the stars of the Canadian soccer universe. The women were not expected to do much during this past summer’s Olympic Games. However, they came through in sterling fashion.
After a bit of a slow start, the team — led by Christine Sinclair –battled their way into a semi-final match with the USA. Sinclair and the team put on a great show, but fell short in a controversial game decided, some say, by a referee with less than ideal credentials. The Canadian women lost out on their chance to play for gold but did win the Olympic bronze medal for soccer, or ” football”, as they say in some countries. ( see video)
And, team captain Christine Sinclair was named the winner of the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s Athlete of the Year for 2012.
There has been “soccer” ( from the English game of Associated Football, as opposed to Rugby Football –you could look it up) has been a small but vigorous part of the Canadian sporting scene for years. Probably since as long as there has been a Canada. However, severe winters in many areas of the country have slowed somewhat the development of the game in Canada. Things are now turning around, though, and the game has many more devotees, both male and female, than it did even 20 years ago.
Hats off to the Canadian women’s soccer team — queens of the soccer universe, at least as far as the QMI agency sees it. And most of us couldn’t agree more.