Signed Christine Sinclair BallChristine Sinclair turns 30 today!  Normally I would be a tad envious of a beautiful, talented, successful YOUNG woman, but all I can feel is inspiration.  What a role model for young girls across Canada!  Her sportsmanship and grace are astounding.  As the captain of Canada’s national soccer team, she is an Olympic bronze medalist and one of the most prolific scorers of all-time.  Sinclair is a 10-time winner of the Canada Soccer Player of the Year award and has been honoured by FIFA as a nominee for World Player of the Year six times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012). Sinclair won both the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year and the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada’s female athlete of the year in 2012.

Christine is humble.  Asked by the Toronto Sun’s Kurtis Larson is she was the best player in the world, she replied, “Uh..I’m up there I think.”  Incredible.  At UrbanMommies we jump at a chance to inspire young women, to help them realize that being mean doesn’t work, that the world is open to their ambition and that beauty is in everyone.  Christine Sinclair is that role model.

With that much activity, I for one, was curious about the basics for Christine.  Like does her workout gear end up smelling like mine? I learned that she is actually an aficionado of the new Tide plus Febreze Freshness Sport, a new detergent designed to help remove tough stains and odours from sports apparel.

“I spend hours on the field training each day so keeping my workout gear clean and fresh can be a challenge,” said Christine Sinclair, captain of the Canadian Women’s Soccer team. “I’m so appreciative that Tide has found a solution to help keep Canadians looking and smelling their best, whether they’re on the soccer field or the tennis court.”

While recent advances in clothing technology have yielded lighter, more comfortable workout wear, the same fibres that keep you cool and dry can also trap tough dirt and odours. Tide plus Febreze Freshness Sport leaves your active wear smelling fresh,

When I worked on the Liberia campaign for Right To Play, I had the privilege of partnering with Kaylyn Kyle, a teammate of Sinclair and fellow Olympian.  When I met other Olympic heroes during my journey, it struck me that people who engage at a high level of sport are very special.  Not only inspirational by virtue of their accomplishments, they encourage others to be incredible.  They help.  They are truly happy for the accomplishments of others, as they understand how hard the ride is to the top.  Christine doesn’t just inspire future soccer stars.  Her modesty, kindness, talent and ambition can translate to youth in every future vocation.  Somehow I wish that young kids could embrace the lessons from our great athletes even if they do not engage in high levels of sport.  Please teach your daughters and sons to be kind to themselves and others.  Respect their bodies.  Believe in their own greatness.

“Introducing kids to sport and celebrating everyday athletes is something I am truly passionate about,” said Christine Sinclair. “Tide celebrates everyday athletes and helps them look and feel their best.”

UrbanMommies, as part of the Proctor and Gamble Mom Program, has been given the opportunity to give away a signed Christine Sinclair soccer ball. (gasp).  Please enter and share widely in the spirit of inspiring your children to reach for the stars while engaging in a high level of respect for themselves and their peers.  Good Luck!!

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Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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