Weekend Wind Down: Canadian Female Athletes

Derrick Simpson, May 11

In honour of Mother’s day, this week’s Wind Down will be counting down the Top 5 Canadian Female Athletes.

5. Shannon Szabados

Greg Southam, Edmonton Journal Szabados makes a save during the Oilers practice on March 5, 2014.

Greg Southam, Edmonton Journal
Szabados makes a save during the Oilers practice on March 5, 2014.

Team Canada’s Gold medal winning Goalie during the 2014 Olympic’s is no doubt the best female tendy around. Szabados currently plays hockey for the Columbus Cotton mouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League (it’s a men’s league!). She also practiced and warmed up with the Edmonton Oilers shortly after stealing the show at the Olympics.

4. Barbara Ann Scott

Scott was a figure skater during the 1940’s.She is the only Canadian woman ever to win a Gold medal in singles figure skating at the Olympics. She also won two world championships and multiple other international events. Sadly, she passed away in September 2012.

The Ottawa native has an arena named after her in the nation's capital

The Ottawa native has an arena named after her in the nation’s capital.

3. Clara Hughes

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The Winnipeg Native comes in at #3 on the list. What makes her so great is that she has won medals in both the summer and the winter Olympics! Hughes took home 2 Bronze medals for biking in 1996 and has won a Gold, Silver, and 2 Bronze over 3 winter Olympics for speed skating. She is tied with Cindy Klassen (also a speed skater) for the most Olympic medals for a Canadian with 6.

Hughes is the poster child for Bell Let's Talk and openly speaks about her experiences with mental health issues.

Hughes is the poster child for Bell Let’s Talk and openly speaks about her experiences with mental health issues.

Christine Sinclair

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Christine Sinclair is the captain of Canada’s national soccer team, and arguably the best female player in the world. The current Portland Thorns FC player is an eleven-time winner of the Canada Soccer Player of the Year Award and and a six-time nominee for FIFA World Player of the Year. In 2012 she won the Lou Marsh Award for Canadian Athlete of the Year.

Paul Ellis Getty Images Sinclair scored a hat-trick in Canada's 4-3 semi final loss to the U.S. in the 2012 Olympics.

Paul Ellis Getty Images
Sinclair scored a hat-trick in Canada’s 4-3 semi final loss to the U.S. in the 2012 Olympics.

1. Hayley Wickenheiser 

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Wickenheiser is fully deserving of being #1 on this list. She has five Gold medals, and one Silver for playing hockey for Canada’s National Women’s Team. Her five Golds are the most of any Canadian Olympian. It is not well known, but she also played softball in the summer Olympics. She was chosen to be Canada’s flag bearer for the 2014 game’s in Sochi, Russia.

Wickenheiser has played for men's teams over seas, including HC Salamat (seen here) and Eskilstuna Linden.

Wickenheiser has played for men’s teams over seas, including HC Salamat (seen here) and Eskilstuna Linden.

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Derrick Simpson, All Day Sportz