Current Coaching Position: Assistant Coach, Vancouver Island Impact Midget “AAA” Team; U-18 High Performance Zone Team
CAC Program Involvement: Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program
Mentor: Nancy Wilson
“Christina is a former high performance hockey player who was the captain at our province’s team at the 2003 Canada Winter Games. She is presently an assistant coach with the major midget Vancouver Island Impact team and her experience as a high performance athlete will undoubtedly benefit the players and the program. She is very excited to be part of the Women in Coaching program and is thrilled to be able to work with her mentor coach over the next year. Her enthusiasm for coaching and her commitment to ongoing learning will ensure that her athletes get an exceptional sporting experience. We are very pleased to have Christina involved in this program.” – Gordon May, Executive Director, Coaches Association of BC
A lifelong athlete, Christina began playing hockey at the age of four with the Grande Prairie Minor Hockey Association. After playing for eight years on boys’ teams, she spent two years playing for a Women’s Senior “A” team. In 1998, at the age of 13, she represented her zone at the Alberta Winter Games and was chosen again for the 2000 Games. For two years, she played on a Midget “AAA” girls’ team and was captain of the Island Team at the 2002 BC Winter Games. She competed at the 2003 Canada Winter Games and was again chosen captain. From 2003 to 2007, Christina played for the NCAA Division 1 Yale University Bulldogs and was a four-year letter winner. An avid hockey player, she has also played soccer, field hockey, basketball, and volleyball, and competed in volleyball at the 2000 Alberta Summer Games. She has now transitioned into adventure sport and surfs, rock climbs, and mountain bikes and has started competing in Adventure Races. In the Mind over Mountain race in 2009, she turned in a winning time of 4:06.54 in the 30-kilometre sport course.
Christina was head coach of the Grande Prairie Wolves U-12 club volleyball team in 2001-2002. Assistant coach positions include Connecticut Polar Bears U-14, silver medallists at the national championships; Connecticut Stars U-16; Dover Bay Wave Breakers Dragon Boat Team; Woodlands High School Hockey Canada Skills Academy; and U-18 BC Cup Team Sabres. She is currently an assistant coach with the Vancouver Island Impact Midget “AAA” team and the U-18 high performance zone team.
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• Arts degree with a double major in history and psychology, Yale University
• Teacher Preparation Program, Yale University
• BC Hockey Development 1 Coaching Course
• SpeakOut Certified (A harassment course all BC hockey coaches take in order to coach)
• National Coaching Certification Program, Competition – Development in progress
Expectations of the Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program
“I am honoured and humbled to have the opportunity to be part of this program. The experience and knowledge I will gain in the next year will allow me to build a solid foundation upon which I hope to build my future coaching career. I am excited to learn and grow with my fellow apprentices while utilizing the incredible array of resources and networking opportunities the program has provided for us. It is going to be an amazing journey!”
Greatest achievement: Graduating from Yale University with a double major, my teaching certification, and the honour of being a four-year letter winner.
Source of motivation: The athletes I coach. Watching them put in the work and have those “aha” moments gives me huge motivation to continue to improve myself so I can then improve them.
Greatest wish: That sport becomes more accessible to everyone who wants to play, not just those who can afford it.