Quick facts

Birthdate

April 6, 1993

Birthplace

Fonthill, Ont.

Residence

Fonthill, Ont.

Sport

Para Nordic Skiing

Classification

L12

Experience

Beijing 2022

Multi sport athlete Christina Picton made her Paralympics debut at the 2022 Games in Beijing. The Para nordic skier competed in four events and reached the top-eight each time including a sixth in the cross country sprint.

She posted three top-five finishes at the 2021-22 season opening World Cup in Canmore to solidify her spot for Beijing.

In January 2020, one year after her first skiing competition, Picton traveled to her first international event in Utah, where she took third place in the sprint event and middle distance race. 

From there, Picton attended her first World Cup event as a prospect with the national team. 

Throughout the 2019 skiing season she earned enough race points to achieve provincial team status and had the opportunity to travel to Canmore to participate in a prospects training camp. 

Her first time on snow was in December 2018 and only weeks later did she compete in her first race. 

After years of involvement in developing Para ice hockey throughout Canada and her own community, Picton found out about cross-country skiing through one of her participants on the “Learn to Sledge” program she facilitates in Port Colborne, Ontario.

In 2019, Picton, was one of four women invited to the men’s national Para hockey development camp, where she played against the United States. From there, she was invited to the national senior men’s national team tryout. She played the sport for 17 years.

She has been involved in Para sport since she was 11 years old. 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2022 Paralympic Winter Games… Captain of the women’s national Para ice hockey team and was notably the first female athlete to try out for Hockey Canada’s senior men’s Para ice hockey team…

PERSONAL
Born with a congenital deficiency that affected both her legs and ultimately led to her having her right leg amputated at age 16… Started graphic design company Amped Design & Creative after moving to Canmore in 2021… As a graphic designer has contributed to the face of the Para sport community by designing logos for multiple Para sport organizations.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2022 Paralympic Winter Games – cross country- sprint – 6th
2022 Paralympic Winter Games – biathlon – sprint – 7th
2022 Paralympic Winter Games – biathlon – individual – 7th
2022 Paralympic Winter Games – biathlon – middle distance – 8th
2021 Para Nordic World Cup (CAN) – Cross Country – Short Distance – 5th 
2021 Para Nordic World Cup (CAN) – Cross Country – Sprint – 5th 
2021 Para Nordic World Cup (CAN) – Biathlon – Individual – 5th
2021 Para Nordic World Cup (FIN) – Cross Country Sprint – 4th
2021 Para Nordic World Cup (FIN) – Biathlon Individual – 5th 
2020 Para Nordic World Cup (GER) – Cross Country Sprint – 10th
2020 Para Nordic World Cup (GER) – Cross Country Middle Distance – 10th