Soccer Player, Texas, U.S.A. Born: Guyana.
Charmaine Hooper is a professional soccer player who has had a wealth of international experience and success. Born in Guyana, she began playing soccer as a child in Zambia, where her father was posted with the Guyana High Commission. In addition to playing for Canada, she has also played in the U.S., Italy, Japan and Norway.
Career: She became the only Canadian player in W.U.S.A. history to score in the Founders Cup III; All-Time leading goal scorer for the Canadian National women’s soccer team; was a member of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football All-Tournament Team (1999); member of the Federation International of Football Association (FIFA) World All-Star Team (1999); voted MVP, FIFA World All-Star Exhibition Game, scoring 2 goals against the U.S. in a 2-1 win; most capped player in the history of Canada’s national soccer teams, men or women; was team MVP and league-leading scorer in Norway (1993); played 4 years in Japan and won the Golden Boot Award as top scorer twice, and League MVP (1994-98); at North Carolina State University, as a full scholarship athlete, Charmaine was the all-time leading scorer and 3-time team MVP; named to the All-American team (1987-89). In 2001, she was a 3-time MVP of the WUSA’s Atlanta Beat and the WUSA’s All-Time leading scorer and point getter, and was inducted into the United Soccer League’s Hall of Fame in 2002.
Honours: FIFA Players’ Committee Member; inclusion in Who’s Who in Black Canada 2 (2006); named Hon. Ambassador of the 2002 Under-19 Women’s World Cup; HC Kennet Award, North Carolina State’s Most Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year (1989-90); MVP, FIFA All-Star Selection, 1999 & 2003 Women’s World Cup; MVP & lead scorer, Norway (1993); Golden Boot Award twice, for top scorer, Japan.
Reviewed in: National & international publications; Millennium Minds (2000).
Education: BSc, Food Sci, North Carolina State University (1991).
Favourite book? Unfortunately, I’m not a book reader. I wish I was a reader because when I played, I traveled quite a bit and today, I still do quite a bit of traveling and reading a good book would be a great way to pass the time. I prefer to read articles about health and well-being. I have an interest in health and fitness.
Favourite quote? “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? So this is what we’ve chosen to do with our life. We could be sitting in a monastery somewhere in Japan. We could be out sailing. Some of the [executive team] could be playing golf. They could be running other companies. And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it. And we think it is.” – Steve Jobs
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? I have traveled to many parts of the world, but I hope to someday travel to Hawaii and spend some time there.
Who inspires you? Success inspires me. I have had a very successful soccer career in every country and on every team I played. I always had that drive to be successful and even after soccer I still have that drive in my life today, with whatever I do.
Why do you do what you do? To feel a sense of accomplishment and success in whatever I do; from winning a game to buying and selling real estate.