Sinclair, Buchanan to appear on Canada 2015 stamp

Canada’s most accomplished women’s footballer and a rising star in the Canadian squad are both captured in action on a new stamp to mark Canada’s hosting of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. The stamp, featuring Canada’s Christine Sinclair and Kadeisha Buchanan, will be issued on 6 May in post offices across the country, but is also currently available for pre-orders online.

Canada will be welcoming the top 24 nations in a total of 52 matches in six host cities: Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton. Canada and China will play in the Opening Match of the Women’s World Cup on Saturday, 6 June in Edmonton, and the Final will be played in Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium on Sunday, 5 July.

“Women’s soccer has generated memorable and dramatic performances from Canadians giving everything they have at the sport’s highest levels,” said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport and responsible for Canada Post. “This competition will showcase athleticism and passion for the game – and so do the images on this stamp.”

“The stamp commemorating the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 is a tribute not only to these outstanding athletes and soccer’s world-wide appeal, but also of Canada’s strength and leadership in playing host to competitions that attract the best of the best,” said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport).

“Canada Post is highlighting these athletes and the most prestigious tournament in women’s soccer,” said Deepak Chopra, President and CEO, Canada Post. “At the same time, we are celebrating the incredible advancements that the women’s game has made in Canada, on the field and in fan interest.”

Sinclair, the all-time leader in international appearances for Canada, has scored more than 150 goals in international play. A two-time Olympian, she led Canada to a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Women's Football Tournament in London. Her performance included three goals in one game against USA, who went on to win the gold, and she carried Canada’s flag at the closing ceremony. This will be her fourth consecutive Women’s World Cup.

Buchanan has been called “the (Christine) Sinclair of defenders” by Canada’s head coach, John Herdman. She was a standout for Canada in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which Canada hosted in 2014. She plays with a perennial university football powerhouse, West Virginia University. The authoritative TopDrawerSoccer.com ranks Buchanan as the sixth best among collegiate and non-professional women players in the United States, and the best player in her NCAA division.

“The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 will be a game-changer for women’s sport in Canada,” said Peter Montopoli, General Secretary of the Canadian Soccer Association and CEO, National Organizing Committee FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.  “Today, these two wonderful Canadian athletes have been stamped into history and will forever serve as symbols of Canada’s contribution to the greatest event in women’s sport.”

Emblematic of the players coming to Canada from around the world, Ayumi Kaihori of Japan, a goalkeeper who has 24 caps to her name, also appears on the stamp.

About the stamp The pressure-sensitive stamps available in booklets of ten measure 40mm x 32mm (horizontal). They are designed by Debbie Adams of Toronto and printed by Lowe-Martin on Tullis Russell paper using lithography in eight colors. The Official First Day Cover will be cancelled in Edmonton, site of the Opening Match. A collectible plaque showcasing the players along with a mint stamp is also available. To purchase philatelic products, please visit canadapost.ca/shop

Information related to the competition, including the Ticketing and Spectator Guides, is available at FIFA.com/Canada2015. Fans are encouraged to share their excitement by sharing photos and videos on the FIFA Women’s World Cup Facebook** and Twitter ([@FIFAWWC](https://twitter.com/FIFAWWC)) pages using hashtags #fifawwc** #BeThere and #Canada2015.