Member of the World Paddle Awards Academy
Canadian Christine Selinger, also known as 'Sully', is a retired paracanoe sprint Champion and inspirational mentor who won a staggering 8 medals in 3 years at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, 2009 to 2012. She is also known for being a coach, adventurer and avid promoter of disability paddle sport – her efforts undoubtedly aided getting paracanoe into the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Following an abseiling incident in 2006, Christine sustained a spinal chord injury which left her paralysed. 2 years later, Christine was introduced to the sport of kayak and outrigger sprint when the Wascana Racing Canoe Club (in Regina, Saskatchewan) began its 'PaddleALL' program in 2008.
Undeterred, her athleticism and competitive spirit drove her to train relentlessly and within a year, Christine was representing Canada on the world stage.
Her paddling career is all the more astonishing because she raced in two classifications: firstly her own class, she paddled in the 'trunk and arms' (TA) category – the athlete has control of their core and arms but limited leg use, second, she also competed in the 'legs trunk arms' (LTA) category where the athlete has good use of all three.
In total, she earned back to back World Championship golds in the V1 (Va’a outrigger canoe) 200m in 2010 (Poznan, LTA/TA/A combined) and 2011 (Szeged, LTA); 3 World Championships TA silver medals - 2 in K1 200m (2010 and 2011) and another in V1 200m in 2012 (Poznań); and 3 World bronze medals - K2 200m TA/A mixed in 2009 (Dartmouth) and K1 TA 200m and V1 LTA 200m in 2012.
Away from paddling, Christine became the first paraplegic to traverse British Columbia's Nootka Trail on her 'No Limits' expedition in 2010, a journey that was well documented in national and international press.
Specialising in education and science with 2 Bachelor Degrees, she is an athlete-presenter for 'Changing Minds' – an education and mentoring program of seminars and workshops held nationally by the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
Multi-faceted, Christine is also a paracanoe contributor for Sportscene and aspires to teach maths one day.