BiographyAthlete : Football, Soccer
Year Inducted: 2013
Date of Birth: January 15th, 1968
Born in: Guyana,
Charmaine Elizabeth Hooper is a pioneer in women’s soccer. Her local involvement began with the Nepean Hotspurs, the Lynwood Spirits, and at J.S. Woodsworth Secondary School, where she led them to Ottawa’s first ever gold medal in girls soccer at the OFSAA Provincial Championships in 1986.
She went on to North Carolina State University, where she became the all-time leading scorer (58 goals and 145 points) and was named Team MVP three times and Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year in 1991. An original member of the national women’s program which was launched in 1986, Hooper was the first national player to be capped 100 times.
Overall, Hooper made 129 appearances for Canada, scoring 71 goals. She was a FIFA All-Star in her first year on the team (age 18), and represented Canada at three World Cups, including our first-ever advancement to the semi-finals in 2003. Hooper played professionally in Norway, Italy, and Japan (where she was twice the top goal-scorer) from 1994 to 1997, and dominated the WUSA league with the Chicago Cobras and Atlanta Beat, winning the MVP Award three times.
Hooper was the MVP of the 1999 World All-Star Classic, and an honorary ambassador for the first-ever FIFA U19 World Cup in Western Canada in 2002. Hooper, who was named Canada’s Female Player of the Year in 1994, 1995, and 2002, has been appointed to the FIFA Task Force 2014.
She is a member of the Nepean Sports Hall of Fame. She has a sport’s field named after her as well. She is a member of the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame. She was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.