According to info received by StampNews.com, Canada's most accomplished women's soccer player and a rising star on the Canadian squad were both captured in action on a new stamp to mark Canada's hosting of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™. The stamp, featuring Canada's Christine Sinclair and Kadeisha Buchanan, was issued on May 6 in post offices across the country.
Canada will be welcoming the top 24 nations in a total of 52 matches in six host cities: Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montréal and Moncton. Canada and China will play in the Opening Match of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ on Saturday, June 6 in Edmonton, and the Final will be played in Vancouver's BC Place Stadium on Sunday, July 5.
"Women's soccer has generated memorable and dramatic performances from Canadians giving everything they have at the sport's highest levels", says the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport and responsible for Canada Post. "This competition will showcase athleticism and passion for the game – and so do the images on this stamp".
"The stamp commemorating the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 is a tribute not only to these outstanding athletes and soccer's world-wide appeal, but also to Canada's strength and leadership in playing host to competitions that attract the best of the best", said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport).
"Canada Post is highlighting these athletes and the most prestigious tournament in women's soccer", says Deepak Chopra, President and CEO, Canada Post. "At the same time, we are celebrating the incredible advancements that the women's game has made in Canada, on the field and in fan interest".
Sinclair, the all-time leader in international appearances for Canada, has scored more than 150 goals in international play. A two-time Olympian, she led Canada to an Olympic bronze medal in the 2012 London Games. Her performance included three goals in one game against the U.S. team, which went on to win the gold, and she carried Canada's flag at the closing ceremony. This will be her fourth consecutive FIFA Women's World Cup™ competition.
Buchanan has been called "the (Christine) Sinclair of defenders" by Canada's head coach, John Herdman. She was a standout for Canada in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, which Canada hosted in 2014. She plays with a perennial college soccer powerhouse, the West Virginia University Mountaineers. The authoritative TopDrawerSoccer.com ranks Buchanan No. 6 among collegiate and non-professional women players in the U.S. – and No. 1 in her NCAA division.
"The FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 will be a game-changer for women's sport in Canada", said Peter Montopoli, General Secretary of the Canadian Soccer Association and CEO, National Organizing Committee FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™. "Today, these two wonderful Canadian athletes have been stamped into history and will forever serve as symbols of Canada's contribution to the greatest event in women's sport".
Emblematic of the players coming to Canada from around the world, Ayumi Kaihori of Japan, a goalkeeper who has appeared in 24 international matches, also appears on the stamp.