Karina LeBlanc

Olympic Bronze Medalist

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Karina Announces Retirement from National Team After 2015 World Cup

After the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, I will end my international career in front of my family and friends at home in Canada. Deciding to retire from the Canadian team was a hard decision to make, but the timing is perfect. I’ve spent the last 17 years of my life representing this beautiful country and couldn’t think of a better way to wave goodbye then on home soil.

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As the longest serving player in Canadian soccer history, Karina LeBlanc has proudly represented Canada in three Pan American Games, four FIFA Women’s World Cups and two Olympic Games, including the 2012 London Olympic Games where she helped lead team Canada to its historic bronze medal win.







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Born to parents from the small Caribbean island of Dominica who immigrated to Canada, Karina grew up in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. She is an alumni of the University of Nebraska where she became one of the most decorated goalkeepers in the school’s history. Karina is currently the starting goalkeeper for the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women’s Soccer League and continues to work towards her dream of competing in another Olympics and World Cup.

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015

LeBlanc inspiring the future

Back in March, Canada’s Women’s soccer team enjoyed one of their last breaks before the World Cup. Many took time off to relax and unwind, while goaltender Karina LeBlanc did something much different.



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UNICEF Canada Ambassador


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Most recently, Karina’s passion for her sport and her country extends off the field in another historic accomplishment as the first female footballer to be named an official Ambassador with UNICEF Canada. Helping others realize their potential is fast becoming Karina’s most fulfilling role yet.

Karina is a natural motivator with an infectious smile and has some powerful messages to share. Her diverse experience and relentless pursuit of her dreams helps Karina be an inspiring role model and guest speaker for everyone from children in the most impoverished parts of the world, to associates for top global organizations.

Karina LeBlanc for UNICEF

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