TORONTO _ Women's soccer sensation Christine Sinclair is the winner of the 2012 Lou Marsh Award.
The 29-year-old Sinclairled Canada to bronze at the London Olympics in spectacular fashion, scoring an Olympic-record six goals to win the Golden Boot. She recorded a hat trick in a 4-3 extra-time semifinal loss to the U.S.
The Burnaby, B.C., native had 23 goals and six assists on the year for Canada.
The honour – decided by a panel of national sports editors, reporters and broadcasters – is given annually to Canada's outstanding athlete by the Toronto Star.
Other finalists for the Marsh award were speedskater Christine Nesbitt, trampolinist and Olympic gold medallist Rosie MacLennan, figure skater Patrick Chan, cyclist Ryder Hesjedal and Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish.
Chan won the honour last year.
The award is named after a former Toronto Star sports editor.