Guyana-born Charmaine Hooper enters two Halls of Fame


(by Ron Fanfair of the SHARE)

Retired Canadian Soccer player, Charmaine Hooper, will enter two Sports Halls of Fame this year. She is among nine Canadians to be inducted into the national Sports Hall of Fame later this year. And, on June 3, she will join her brother, Lyndon, in the Soccer Hall of Fame.

She is the first national player to reach the 100-game milestone. Overall, Hooper turned out for Canada 129 times and scored 71 goals – both national records at the time – in a sterling 20-year career that ended in 2006.  She represented Canada at 1995, 1999 and 2003 World Cups.

Last April, Hooper – Canada’s Female Player of the Year in 1994, 1995 and 2002 – was appointed to the FIFA Task Force 2014.             

Charmaine Hooper

A total of 520 Canadians have been inducted into the national Sports Hall of Fame since its establishment in 1995.  Hooper is just the second black Canadian woman to be inducted after hockey star, Angela James, who was inducted three years ago. She’s also the second Guyanese-born athlete going into the Hall of Fame after Phil Edwards who was a member of Canada’s 4 x 400 metre relay team that won a bronze medal at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.

This year’s induction ceremony will take place on October 18 at the Sports Hall of Fame which opened the doors to its new building at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary on July 1, 2011.

“Hooper played professionally in Norway, Italy, Japan, U.S.A., and Canada. During her College years she earned numerous state and NCAA records. Hooper last played for the Canadian National Team in 2006. She will always be remembered as one of Canada’s best female or male soccer players ever”

— Post #1450

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  • clarence james  On 05/26/2012 at 3:31 pm

    Well, she finally made it…. what a journey. I saw her play many times and she was very exciting. Thanks Charmaine for the exciting plays and GOALS. Your name will always comes up in women soccer. God bless.

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