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Team Canada women's soccer looking to return to the podium in Rio

Road to Rio: The 18-member women's soccer team wraps up a two-week training camp in Burnaby this week, before heading to France for two friendlies.

Squad wraps up training camp in Burnaby this week

Burnaby's Christine Sinclair (left) and Abbotsford's Sophie Schmidt (ici.radio-canada.com)

Burnaby native Christine Sinclair, arguably the most successful soccer player in Canada's history, has her sights set firmly on Rio as the team gets ready for its final two preparation games.  

This week the squad is wrapping up a two-week training camp, before it plays two friendly matches in France.

They'll be the final matches before the Olympics, when Team Canada faces Australia, August 3, followed by Zimbabwe and Germany. 

It will be Sinclair's third time wearing the maple leaf on the Olympic soccer pitch.  In 2012, she led the team to bronze, the first time Canada has medalled in team sports at the Summer Olympics since 1936. 

"It is an honour every single time," she said. 

She'll be joined by some veteran returning players, such as fellow B.C. native Sophie Schmidt. But Sinclair is also excited for the new blood joining the ranks. 

"The young players coming into this Olympic squad have brought an energy and passion to our team and they have risen the bar, " she said.

"I am excited to do whatever I can to help take this team to the podium."

The Canadian women's soccer team which will represent Canada at the Rio 2016 includes:

  • Janine Beckie, Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Josée Bélanger, Coaticook, QC
  • Kadeisha Buchanan, Brampton, ON
  • Allysha Chapman, Courtice, ON
  • Sabrina D'Angelo, Welland, ON
  • Jessie Fleming, London, ON
  • Stephanie Labbé, Stony Plain, AB
  • Ashley Lawrence, Caledon, ON
  • Diana Matheson, Oakville, ON
  • Nichelle Prince, Ajax, ON
  • Rebecca Quinn, Toronto, ON
  • Deanne Rose, Alliston, ON
  • Sophie Schmidt, Abbotsford, BC
  • Desiree Scott, Winnipeg, MB
  • Christine Sinclair, Burnaby, BC
  • Melissa Tancredi, Ancaster, ON
  • Rhian Wilkinson, Baie-d'Urfé, QC 
  • Shelina Zadorsky, London, ON

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