Olympic Champion | Transgender Trailblazer and Advocate
At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Quinn made headlines as not only the first openly transgender athlete to compete, but also the first to win an Olympic medal of any kind when the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team won their historic gold medal. As a keynote speaker, Quinn shares their journey as a transgender athlete and the power of allyship in helping members of the LGBTQ+ community achieve success.
Making their international debut in soccer in 2013, Quinn is both a professional player for Canada’s National Team and for OL Reign in the National Women’s Soccer League. Quinn was drafted third overall in the NWSL 2018 College Draft, earning the title of highest drafted Canadian player in NWSL history. As a midfielder for the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team, Quinn helped the team earn a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics as well as the gold medal at the 2020 Games.
In September 2020, Quinn came out publicly as transgender. They are a vocal advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, especially when it comes to sports. Quinn has been involved with Athlete Ally since their days as a collegiate athlete at Duke University. They worked with Duke alumni and other activists in the LGBTQ+ community to fight against anti-transgender legislation that limits or prohibits the participation of transgender athletes in sports.
Quinn also serves on the Canadian Olympic Committee Athletes Commission and helps lead the Canadian National Team Players Association.