Date and place of birth: January 3, 1985 – Elliot Lake, Ontario
Place of residence: White Rock, B.C.
Coaches: Walter Bailey and Jeane Lassen
Club: Kilophile Weightlifting Club
On January 3, 1985, Aline Gaudet Girard and Gaétan Girard welcomed their last child and fourth girl. My name is Christine, and I was born in Elliot Lake, Ontario. This is where we lived before we moved to Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, in 1992.
To facilitate our integration into our new living environment, my parents encouraged their four girls to participate in sport. So began the story of weightlifting in the Girard family. In 1995, following my sister Caroline’s footsteps, I made my debut in this sport discipline.
With the support of my entire family, I made my first appearance on the provincial scene in 1996. I was 12. In 2001, at age 16, I joined the Canadian weightlifting team and participated in my very first international competition, in Greece. That is also the year my father became president of the Héraclès Weightlifting Club. He occupied that position for more than 10 years. My mom and my older sister Sylvie became Provincial Club Officials. My sister Valérie made her debut in weightlifting in 1997.
The entire family is committed to promoting weightlifting in our hometown. I have had the chance to grow up in the fabulous world of weightlifting. This sport discipline soon turned into a passion and a lifestyle for me and for my family.
In January 2010, I made a big decision, to leave my hometown and my province and follow my spouse to British Columbia – with an undergraduate diploma in high school teaching in mathematics, completed in 2009 – and to devote myself entirely to my weightlifting career. It was a hard decision, and a really difficult change in my life, but it was more than worth it!
Since I moved here, I become more involved as a coach. I elaborate and schedule my very own training plans and support some athletes from British Columbia, those that asked my help.
The summer of 2012 will have marked my life, since it is when I acheived one of my biggest dream of winning an Olympic medal. Dispite the fact that I injured my self in training one week before the competition, I was able to finish in third place and become the first female canadian to win an Olympic medal in my sport. It was an amazing experience to be able to live that with my husband, my parents, Jeane Lassen and my parents in law…memories that will last for a life time!
Since I came back from London, I started my own club, the Kilophile Weightlifting club. I’m the head coach, but I have the chance to work with amazing coaches and athletes. We share all the same goal: making weightlifting more available to everyone.
I also do weightlifting program and clinics in Crossfit Gym all around the province and even in the West Canada. I love coaching as it is the best combination of both of my passion: teaching and weightlifting. Also, with my 18 years of career, I feel like I have a lot to share!