Coaching Association of Canada

Christina (Chris) Acton

Sport: Speed Skating

Current Coaching Position: Coach, Kelowna and Vernon Speed Skating Clubs

CAC Program Involvement: Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program

Mentor: Nancy Goplen

“Christina brings to the Women in Coaching program experience as both an athlete and a coach. Her competitive experience will be a great asset in the development of our Team BC athletes and her coaching experience at the recent BC Winter Games should be great preparation for her immersion into the Canada Games environment. Christina is well organized and has the ability to get along well with athletes, coaches, and parents. Her ability to communicate effectively will be needed as she gets more involved in the world of high performance sport, but she is looking forward to the challenge. BC’s speed skating community is very supportive of the goals she has set out for herself, and all the Team BC partners will make sure that she has a great experience.”Gordon May, Executive Director, Coaches Association of BC

Sport History
Christina began speed skating at the age of seven with the Kitchener-Waterloo Sertoma Speed Skating Club (KWSSC). In 2003, she moved to Montreal to train with the Montreal International Speed Skating Club. After competing at the local, regional, provincial, inter-provincial, and national levels, including skating multiple national team trials, she retired from competitive skating in 2006, continuing to skate recreationally with the Vernon Speed Skating Club in British Columbia. Christina is also involved in many other sports, including collegiate and provincial competitive cycling.

Christina, who began the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) at the age of 14, coached with the KWSSC from 1999 to 2002 and the Kingston Striders Speed Skating Club in 2007- 2008. She has been with the Kelowna Speed Skating Club since 2008 and added the Vernon Speed Skating Club in 2009. She has coached at local, regional, and provincial competitions, including the Ontario Winter Games and the BC Winter Games.

Current Occupation

Kitchener, Ont.

• Science degree in physiotherapy, McGill University
• Master’s degree in rehabilitation therapy, Queen’s University
• National Coaching Certification Program, Level 2 certification in speed skating, Level 3 Theory completed; Level 3 Technical and Practical in progress

Expectations of the Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program
“I hope to ‘get my foot in the door’ for coaching at national-level speed skating competitions. I also hope to gain a personal network in the coaching and speed skating worlds to further my interest in these fields. From the apprenticeship program, I hope to have the support to facilitate these goals.”

Quick Facts
Greatest achievement: Successfully moving to British Columbia and starting a career and a family
Source of motivation: The energy, fun, and appreciation from the people I coach and work with as a physiotherapist
Greatest wish: That everyone can have equal opportunities to participate in sports and games