http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/10/5044010/air-canada-announces-christine.html MONTREAL, Dec. 10, 2012 -- /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced Canadian women's soccer player, Christine Sinclair, as the recipient of the first annual Air Canada Athlete of the Year Award. As recipient of this award, she will receive two complimentary Executive First tickets to anywhere in the world Air Canada flies as well as year-long Super Elite membership privileges for two in Air Canada's Altitude program. In selecting Ms. Sinclair for the award, Air Canada President and Chief Executive Officer, Calin Rovinescu, said, "Christine is a true ambassador for sport in Canada. Her performance, leadership and courage have come to the fore on many occasions and have been a source of pride for many Canadians, leading to an unprecedented interest in women's soccer in this country. Her outstanding accomplishments are the inspiration for the creation of the Air Canada Athlete of the Year Award - an annual award to be voted on in the future by our customers. By recognizing leadership, excellence and inspiration among our nation's athletes, it is our hope that Canadian youth will strive for the highest ideals of performance - a value we share as Canada's flag carrier." Beginning in the fall of 2013, Air Canada's customers will be invited to vote for the Air Canada Athlete of the Year; details of the award program will be announced next year.