[caption id="attachment_67110821" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Photo Credit: Jackie Beale[\/caption]\r\n\r\nJust a few days after Nike\u2019s latest campaign video\u2014which celebrates the power of the female athlete\u2014went viral, I find myself in the south of Portugal, watching Canada\u2019s national women\u2019s soccer team at practice during the Algarve Cup. I\u2019m here to interview Christine Sinclair, dubbed \u201cthe best player in the world,\u201d who\u2019s close to breaking a world record for the total number of goals scored. She's within reach of current world record holder Abby Wambach's 184 goals.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s not something that I think a lot about,\u201d says Sinclair, when I ask her about it. \u201cIt would be a huge honour and a massive accomplishment, but I\u2019m more focused on trying to help our team succeed, especially at the World Cup.\u201d\r\n\r\nSinclair plays for the Portland Thorns FC and Canada\u2019s national team, for which she\u2019s captain. The Burnaby, BC, native first came to Portugal to play in the Algarve Cup almost twenty years ago, when she was just 16, and became the lead scorer on Canada\u2019s under-18 national team. At the time, Mia Hamm held the record for the most number of goals scored, and Sinclair recalls being in awe of her. \u201cI remember thinking \u2018that is so many goals, no one\u2019s ever going to get close to that,\u2019\u201d says Sinclair. Of course, she has in fact surpassed Hamm\u2019s 2004 record of 158 goals, yet it wasn\u2019t something she set out to do. Her main objective is and has always been getting her team to victory. \u201cBut the ultimate goal,\u201d says Sinclair, \u201cis trying to improve women\u2019s soccer in Canada.\u201d\r\nWomen\u2019s sports in Canada\r\nLast October, following an oversaturation of men\u2019s soccer-focused tweets by the Official Twitter account of Canada Soccer, Sinclair tweeted, \u201cHey @CanadaSoccerEN when do the women start their World Cup qualification tournament?\u201d She aims to bring awareness to the lack of attention women\u2019s sports receive compared to men\u2019s\u2014but she\u2019s also first to admit that, thankfully, things are starting to improve.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nHey @CanadaSoccerEN when do the women start their World Cup qualification tournament? https:\/\/t.co\/FzNaWyiCu3\r\n\u2014 Christine Sinclair (@sincy12) October 2, 2018\r\n\r\n\r\n\u201cWhen I started on the national team, it wasn\u2019t a big deal\u2014no one really cared about our team or how we did,\u201d says Sinclair. But with both her personal and her team\u2019s accomplishments\u2014including winning two bronze Olympic medals\u2014she\u2019s helping to bring women\u2019s sports into the well-deserved limelight in Canada. \u201cNow, young girls are dreaming of playing on the national soccer team or on our hockey team,\u201d says Sinclair. \u201cIt\u2019s not unrealistic for young girls to have aspirations of playing in the Olympics.\u201d And that proves true for Sinclair\u2019s very own teammates. \u201cWe have Jessie Fleming on the team now, and she remembers watching the 2012 Olympics, which was the moment that inspired her [to pursue her soccer career],\u201d she says.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_67110889" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Photo Credit: Jackie Beale[\/caption]\r\nWomen supporting women\r\nHow has Sinclair earned the title \u201cbest player in the world\u201d? Lots of hard work, she says, and a healthy amount of pressure and support from her teammates, she\u2019s only too quick to add. That\u2019s the thing with Sinclair\u2014when I ask her about her own career, she changes the conversation from being about herself to her teammates, divulging how much she appreciates the camaraderie of her team. \u201cWhat motivates me is not wanting to let my teammates down,\u201d she says. \u201cYou never want to be the weak link.\u201d That\u2019s a lot of pressure, but Sinclair uses it as motivation to work even harder. \u201cIt\u2019s about being as prepared as possible,\u201d she says. \u201cThat way, in the moment, I know I\u2019ve done everything I can to put myself in the best possible position to succeed.\u201d Sinclair believes there\u2019s always room to grow and ways to improve personally and as a team, by helping and pushing each other. \u201cI\u2019m just one of those people who is never satisfied with where I\u2019m at,\u201d she says.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n"If they think your dreams are crazy, show them what crazy dreams can do" #justdoit pic.twitter.com\/gOlyrzWGYZ\r\n\u2014 Christine Sinclair (@sincy12) February 24, 2019\r\n\r\nShowing \u201cwhat crazy can do\u201d\r\nWe chatted about the Nike video, its powerful message, and what an exciting time it is to be a woman. \u201cBarriers are made to be broken\u2014and I\u2019m looking to continue to break those barriers,\u201d says Sinclair. \u201cWhat we thought was unachievable at one point is now possible.\u201d And she\u2019s not just talking about herself, and she\u2019s not just talking about on the field\/court\/rink. Recently, Sinclair took to her Twitter account again in an effort to bring attention to fellow women doing great things. \u201cLet\u2019s work together to boost the representation of women in news,\u201d tweeted Sinclair, highlighting Dr. Palemla Valentine, the president and CEO of MS Society of Canada.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nLet\u2019s work together to boost the representation of women in news. Meet the inspiring Dr. Pamela Valentine, MS Society of Canada\u2019s President & CEO. @DrPamV is working to improve the lives of the 77,000 Canadians living with MS and leading the fight to end the disease. #BMOforWomen pic.twitter.com\/iPtwShxR6G\r\n\u2014 Christine Sinclair (@sincy12) October 30, 2018\r\n\r\n\r\n\u201cEnjoy what you\u2019re doing,\u201d is Sinclair\u2019s advice for girls. \u201cFind something you\u2019re passionate about and give it everything you\u2019ve got.\u201d And it doesn\u2019t have to be a sport, Sinclair stresses. You\u2019ve heard it before\u2014no matter your interest, if you love it and are willing to put in the extra work and time to achieve it, you have the power to reach greatness. \u201cEveryone on our team is proof that those crazy dreams can come true,\u201d says Sinclair, changing the conversation once again from being about herself to her teammates.\r\n\r\nShe\u2019s just what the world needs right now\u2014a barrier-breaking woman showing the world \u201cwhat crazy can do,\u201d while guiding the spotlight onto other crazy women, doing crazy things.\r\n\r\nFor more inspiring stories from Canadian women, check out #BHmoment.