According to Monte Stewart of the Canadian Press, Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Christine Sinclair of Burnaby, British Columbia received an honourary doctorate of laws degree from Simon Fraser University on Friday.
Sinclair won her Olympic bronze medal in women's soccer at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. During the event she set a record for the most goals in an Olympic women's soccer tournament with six. In 2012, Sinclair also became the very first Canadian soccer player to win the Lou Marsh Award, presented to the Canadian athlete of the year.
Sinclair already has a university degree. In 2005, she graduated with a degree in life sciences from the University of Portland.
Other Canadian athletes who have received honourary doctorates from Simon Fraser University in the past are Canadian Olympic gold medalist Nancy Greene of Ottawa (women's alpine skiing giant slalom at the 1968 Olympic Games in Grenoble) and Canadian Paralympic gold medalist Rick Hansen of Port Alberni, British Columbia who won three gold medals (men's 800m wheelchair racing at the 1980 Paralympic Games in Arnhem, Netherlands and the men's 1500m wheelchair racing event and the wheelchair marathon event at the 1984 Paralympic Games in Stoke Mandeville, Great Britain).