Local Olympian Melissa Tancredi is leading the way in putting women's soccer on the map, and making an impact on the Canadian sports scene.

CBC Sports has named the Ancaster native's team the Canadian team of the year.

Tancredi scored twice in the July 31 game against Sweden that lead the team to the quarter-finals. The Canuck ladies later beat France to win the bronze medal, the first medal Canada has won in a traditional team sport in the summer Olympics since 1936.

Also on the Canadian Olympic women's soccer team is superstar Christine Sinclair, who cleaned up with year-end awards and recognition after her performance at the London games.

The 29-year-old is the recipient of the Lou Marsh Award, awarded to Canada's most outstanding athlete by the Toronto Star. She was also named the CBC's and Canadian Press' Athlete of the Year.