Visionary Coach — Tokyo 2020
2016 & 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist
2015 FIFA Women's World Cup – Fifth Place
2014 FIFA Men's World Cup Broadcast Analyst, CBC Sports
2011 Pan Am Games Gold Medalist
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Hometown: Consett, United Kingdom
For the Canadian women’s team, it was more than just a medal.
After several international disappointments, Team Canada had finally summoned a performance worthy of the Olympic stage.
At home, from coast-to-coast, hopes rose and support for the team reached an all-time high leading into the semi-final match with the Americans. In what was one of the most memorable performances in Canadian sport history, we held our collective breath for 120 minutes and felt the national heartbreak of a loss so hard to understand.
This unscripted drama was orchestrated by a talented team that had finally found a new determination and physical identity under the guidance of visionary coach and motivator John Herdman.
If Christine Sinclair, with her hat-trick performance, had become the face of Canadian soccer, then Coach Herdman had become its impassioned voice.
Lead by a steadied group of veterans and a promising young core of emerging talent, the Canadian women came to the Olympic Games in Rio with an inspired intent.
What they did next, was remarkable.
Canada won 5 of its 6 matches including impressive wins over Asian champions Australia, eventual Olympic champions Germany and home-nation Brazil in front of over 50,000 fans.
The result? A second consecutive Olympic bronze medal.
With the team's youthful promise revealed in Rio 2016, the future of the beautiful game in Canada, is, well, more beautiful than it’s ever been.