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Glendale City Councils vote to approve a lease agreement for Jobing.Whenever
Mike Sinclair drives by the old house in Burnaby, B.C., he cant help but marvel
at the fact its still standing. “It took a beating,” Sinclair says with a laugh.
“I dont know how its still upright. But I guess thats what you get when you get
two really competitive kids around the same age.” Those two kids were Mike and
younger sister Christine, who would leave countless broken windows and scuffed
walls in her wake en route to becoming Canadas finest womens soccer player. “Oh
God, our windows, our next-door neighbours windows, the windows of our
neighbours two houses down,” he said. “Weve broken more things…” The concrete
basement floor of their three-bedroom house provided the perfect venue for
everything from roller-hockey to golf to soccer. “Lights, windows, doors. . .
anything and everything imaginable got broken,” Mike said. Fast forward a couple
of decades and Christine Sinclairs aim has definitely improved. The 29-year-old
is Canadas leading goal-scorer and has the third-most international goals in
womens soccer history, trailing Americans Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach. Shell lead
a squad that will be playing for a medal on sports grandest stage — the No. 7
Canadians will open the London Olympic Games against third-ranked Japan on July
25. The Sinclair home was always a hub of sports activities. Dad Bill coached
Mikes soccer team, mom Sandra coached Christines. Both kids were natural
athletes and gifted at several sports. Sinclairs first love was baseball, and
she still wears No. 12 on the soccer pitch in honour of her favourite baseball
player Roberto Alomar. She met the former Blue Jays star second baseman at a
game recently in Toronto. He suggested they exchange jerseys. When the Sinclairs
werent playing organized sports, they were chasing after each other on the
street or playground. Christine was determined to hold her own against Mike and
his friends. “In our neighbourhood, we were always playing soccer, baseball,
football, and she was always right in the middle of it,” said Mike, the older
sibling by three years. “She was a lot smaller, but she definitely wasnt going
to get kicked around. It toughened her up at a young age.” Canadians saw that
toughness splayed across Sinclairs face last summer, when the striker scored on
a beautiful bending free kick against Germany at the womens World Cup moments
after her nose was shattered so badly that goalkeeper Erin McLeod said it looked
“like a zigzag.” Her goal was the lone bright spot at an otherwise disastrous
World Cup that saw the Canadians knocked out after the preliminary round without
a win. But Sinclair said spirits are high heading into London. The team hired
Englishmann John Herdman as head coach in the fall and went on to beat Brazil to
win the Pan American Games in October. Dunta Robinson Jersey. . Four years ago at
the Beijing Olympics, the Canadians finished eighth, losing to eventual champion
United States 2-1 in the quarter-finals. With 12 returnees from that Olympic
team, Sinclair said Canada will field a squad that is wiser from its experiences
in China. “It was the first time our soccer team had qualified, and none of us
had been there before and we were all inexperienced,” Sinclair said. “The
Olympics can be overwhelming, but now that theres a core group of us who have
been there before, we can sort of help the younger players know what to expect
that we didnt know four years ago.” Such as not wasting energy chasing after
superstar athletes. “I remember our team four years ago trying to get pictures
with people during times when normally in camp youd be resting, laying in bed
watching TV. But instead people were out stalking Lionel Messi and things like
that. That needs to change.” The Canadians have worked on rebuilding confidence
since their World Cup debacle, hiring New Zealander Ceri Evans — who worked with
the All Blacks the year they won the rugby World Cup — as a mental trainer.
“Ceris been great, hes worked with most of the players on the team, just to help
the team cope with the pressures of being in a big game, dealing with the ebbs
and flows in the game, if things happen to not be going our way, how can we snap
out of it,” Sinclair said. The team spent the past few months based in
Vancouver, with training scheduled in three-week blocks with a week away in
between to train at home. The Canadians spent several months before the World
Cup in Rome, a grind that had players counting the days until they could go
home. “Players were ready to go home. . . that is not what your mindset should
be at a World Cup or an Olympics,” Sinclair said. Mike was just happy to see
more of his baby sister, whod been living in Rochester, N.Y., and playing for
the Western New York Flash before the Womens Professional Soccer league folded
this year. When Canada defeated Mexico to book its Olympic berth in Vancouver in
January, Mike passed his two-year-old daughter Kaitlyn down to Sinclair on the
pitch of B.C. Place Stadium. He scoffs at people who have asked him if hes
jealous of his sisters success. “Theres no reason why I would be,” he said. “She
has put way more time into the game than anybody I know. Theres a lot of people
who have the talent but dont have the motivation. “And the way she approaches
practice and games, the way shes a leader around other players. . . Im
extremely, extremely proud.” ’ ’ ’ 

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