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Portland's Christine Sinclair Takes Top Collegiate Woman Athlete Honors

June 26, 2006

New York, NY -- Soccer superstar Christine Sinclair of the University of Portland has been awarded the 30th annual Honda-Broderick Cup, designating her as the 2006 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. The announcement was made today by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program in the Low Library at Columbia University in New York City. Former winner Jackie Joyner-Kersee presented Sinclair with the prestigious award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic achievement but team contributions, scholastics and community involvement as well.

Sinclair was among five finalists voted by nearly 1000 NCAA member schools. This year's other finalists for the Honda-Broderick Cup included: Seimone Augustus of Louisiana State University (basketball); Mary DeScenza of the University of Georgia (swimming); Ashley Miles of the University of Alabama (gymnastics) and Cat Osterman of the University of Texas (softball).

Sinclair was selected as winner of the Honda-Broderick Cup by a vote of the Board of Directors of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards Program. With her win, the Honda-Broderick Cup has now gone to the soccer nominee for the third time. Mia Hamm of the University of North Carolina won in 1994 and Cindy Daws of the University of Notre Dame won in 1997.

"This is a tremendous achievement for the most deserving of individuals," University of Portland President Rev. E. William Beauchamp said. "Christine has always been a stellar athlete, but her most defining characteristics are her qualities as a student, teammate and friend. She is intelligent, unselfish and determined - all distinguishable traits that everyone associated with the University and athletics in general can appreciate. Her service to the University and the sport of women's soccer will undoubtedly leave an imprint for years to come, and her winning the Honda-Broderick Cup provides even more validation to one of the truly great collegiate athletic careers in women's sports history."

A native of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, Sinclair led her team to an NCAA title while scoring seven post-season goals. She has the distinction of being one of six soccer players in NCAA history with over 100 goals (110) and 30 assists. She was the unanimous national player of the year, earning her second consecutive Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy. Sinclair scored 39 goals breaking the NCAA all-time season mark, while her 88 points are the second highest in the NCAA for the season.

She finished her collegiate soccer career with 252 points leaving her the fourth highest of all time in the NCAA as well as scoring 38 game winning goals and tying the NCAA record for a goal scored in consecutive games (17). Sinclair also earned the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American of the Year award, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American of the Year and is a four-time All-America recipient.

Sinclair has been very active on the international soccer stage, playing for the Canadian National Team since 2000. In 2002, she scored seven goals for the Canadian team and in 2003 she led Canada to the semifinals of the World Cup. She also played for Canada in the inaugural 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championships, scoring a record 10 goals in the tournament and helping lead her team to a second-place finish.

Individual Honda Award winners, in each of the 12 sports in addition to the final five included: Caroline Bierbaum of Columbia University (cross country); Paula Infante of the University of Maryland (field hockey); Irene Cho of the University of Southern California (golf); Kristen Kjellman of Northwestern University (lacrosse); Kristi Miller of Georgia Tech (tennis); Virginia Powell of the University of Southern California (track & field); and Courtney Thompson of the University of Washington (volleyball).

The 12 Honda Award winners were selected by vote of the NCAA member schools.