WATERLOO, Ont. (January 27, 2017) - Karina LeBlanc, a goalkeeper who was a member of the 2012 Olympic bronze medal winning Canadian women’s soccer team, will deliver the keynote address at the Outstanding Women of Laurier (OWL) dinner on March 23, 2017 at Bingemans Conference Centre.
LeBlanc, who recently retired from the women’s national team, holds the honour of being the longest serving soccer player in Canadian history. During her nearly 18 years with the national team as a goalkeeper, LeBlanc was a member of five World Cup teams and two Olympic teams, including the 2012 team that won Canada’s first medal in a traditional team sport at the Summer Olympics since 1936.
“We are thrilled that Karina will be joining us for this year’s Outstanding Women of Laurier dinner,” said PETER BAXTER
, director of athletics and recreation at Laurier. “Throughout her career with the women’s national team, she demonstrated tremendous leadership to go along with an engaging personality, all the while playing soccer at the highest of levels. We believe the message she will deliver at our event will be on that inspires all of those in attendance.”
Karina enjoyed an outstanding college career at the University of Nebraska, where she was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, awarded to the top female college player in the NCAA, in 2000.
She would go on to become Canada’s first two-time CONCACAF champion, winning titles in 1998 and 2010. She played in two Pan American Games as well, helping Canada win gold in 2011 in Mexico by stopping two penalty shots in the final. In 2012, she made her one hundredth appearance with the national team and finished her career with 110 appearances and 101 starts, finishing her career with 47 clean sheets.
Karina possesses a contagious energy and loves to ensure that everyone around her truly enjoys what they're doing as she challenges people to LIVE LIFE PURPOSEFULLY and being the best version of themselves daily.
Outside of soccer, she has served in a number of different capacities including a UNICEF ambassador, motivational speaker, broadcaster, on-air personality, host and emcee. As well, this past summer, she was an Olympics Analyst with CBC and Yahoo! during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
She thrives on bringing the best out of people, getting them excited, and getting them involved in every aspect of what's going on both on or off the field.
Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available for purchase. To reserve your space at the 2017 Outstanding Women of Laurier Dinner, or for more information about the event, please visit laurierathletics.com/OWL