Christine Nesbitt is a Canadian Olympic Gold Medallist in long track speed skating. Nesbitt won the medal in the 1000m event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. She also holds a Silver Medal in the Team Pursuit from the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.
Christine established the World Record at the 1000 m distance on Jan. 28th, 2012 at the Calgary Olympic Oval. Her time was 1:12.68, beating the previous record by 0.43 seconds. She also holds the Women’s Pursuit World Record with Kristina Groves and Brittany Schussler (2:55.79, Dec.6, 2009, Calgary Olympic Oval). After 15 months attempting to recover from injury, she retired from competitive speed skating on June 4, 2015
Summary of Awards and Results
Voted Canadian Female Athlete of the Year
- 2011 – 1) QMI Media Agency; 2) Post Media Network Ltd.; 3) Canadian Sport Awards (Velma Springstead Award); 4) Calgary Booster Club (Henry Viner Trophy).
- 2010 – 1) Postmedia Network Inc.; 2) Canadian Sports Awards (Velma Springstead Award).
- 2009 — Canadian Sports Awards (Velma Springstead Award)
Oscar Matisen Award (International) — best speedskating performance of 2012, male or female. The award was the result of: (1) winning all ten 1000 m races she entered, and winning each race by more than half a second and; (2) setting the world record in the 1000 m distance.
World Cup Competitions: 39 Gold, 27 Silver, 17 Bronze, includes Team Pursuit
World Cup Champion: 8 times World Cup Champion at 1000m, 1500m or Team Pursuit
Grand World Cup Champion: Inaugural winner. Awarded for most points amassed by a female at World Cup Speedskating Competitions (2011-12 season)
Single Distance Champion: 7 times World Champion at 1000m, 1500m or Team Pursuit
All-round Championships: 6 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze (Aggregate: 2nd in 2011; 3rd in 2012)
Sprint Championships: 5 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (Aggregate: 1st in 2011; 2nd in 2012)
23 Track Records Set: Includes 1000m and 1500m distances, and Team Pursuit
(all results are from the official International Skating Union site: http://www.isuresults.eu/2002-2003.html)
The Muungano Foundation:
A cause to support
I support and help to raise funds for the Muungano Foundation, a small, grass-roots organization consisting entirely of volunteers. It was founded by a few teachers of London’s primary and secondary schools to provide educational support to children of the Muungano region, in northern Kenya. It is raising funds to build a school and to provide the financial means to obtain books and other infrastructural needs for the school. Teachers from Jeanne Sauvé, Sir Fredrick Banting, other London schools, and the Me-to-We Foundation, donate their time by travelling to Kenya (at their own expense) to help educate both the children and their Kenyan teachers. I encourage you to contribute. Many children will benefit.
Please visit the Muungano website: http://www.muunganofoundation.ca/