Christina Picton

Para Ice Hockey

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Residence
Canmore, AB, CAN
Occupation
Athlete, Graphical Design
Languages
English
Higher education
Graphic Design - Niagara College: Canada

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried Para Nordic skiing in December 2018, and took part in her first race a few weeks later.
Why this sport?
She was first enrolled in wheelchair baseball at age 10 by her parents, but after struggling with the sport she was signed up to a Para ice hockey team following a recommendation from her baseball teammates. "When I got on the ice for the first time and I only had to depend on my arms and my upper body strength, it was just a very freeing experience. I was able to not just participate, but excel in it." She later learned about Para cross-country skiing through the Learn to Sledge programme in Port Colborne, ON, Canada.
Name of coach
Graham Nishikawa [cross-country skiing, personal]

International debut

Year
2020 [cross-country skiing]
Competing for
Canada

General interest

Most influential person in career
Canadian Para ice hockey players Karl Ludwig and Brendan Blanchard. (womenshockeylife.com, 12 Nov 2014)
Other sports
She has represented Canada in Para ice hockey, Para cross-country skiing and Para biathlon. (IPC, 18 Dec 2021; sirc.ca, 12 Dec 2021; sportsnet.ca, 11 Feb 2021; LinkedIn profile, 01 Sep 2018)
Ambitions
To represent Canada at the Paralympic Winter Games. (nordiqcanada.ca, 15 Sep 2020)
Impairment
She was born with a congenital femoral deficiency that impaired the growth of both legs. At age 16 her right leg was amputated below the knee. (sportsnet.ca, 11 Feb 2021; chch.com, 18 Nov 2016; allowhertoplay.wordpress.com, 30 Sep 2015)
Other information
SKIING FOCUS
She says she is focusing on Para cross-country skiing and Para biathlon, for which she is classified as an LW12 athlete, for the 2021/22 season in order to compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, having also represented Canada in Para ice hockey. "Up until now I was kind of balancing both and being a part of two programmes. I was so lucky to have that kind of a problem. I just decided that this season I'll be moving forward and focusing on skiing full-time, so I'm pretty excited about that." (IPC, 17 Dec 2021; rmotoday.com, 24 Aug 2021)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as an athlete representative for Women's Para Hockey of Canada. She has assisted the organisation with branding, marketing material, corporate documents, and social media content. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2016)