White Rock weightlifter Christine Girard has earned the right to compete at the Pan-American Games in Mexico in October.

White Rock weightlifter wins Pan-Am Games spot

White Rock weightlifter Christine Girard’s monster efforts at the Ogopogo weightlifting championships in Kelowna last weekend have earned her the top spot on the Canadian national women’s team and a trip to the Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico this October.

  • Aug. 31, 2011 11:00 a.m.

Brett Bonderud

Black Press

White Rock weightlifter Christine Girard’s monster efforts at the Ogopogo weightlifting championships in Kelowna last weekend have earned her the top spot on the Canadian national women’s team and a trip to the Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico this October.

Girard placed first in her 63-kg weight class, beating out two dozen other women for the coveted position on the women’s national team.

She was competing against other female athletes from across the country to represent Canada at the Pan-Am Games.

“It was a bit challenging. We were all fighting for the one spot,” Girard told Peace Arch News.

The Pan-Am Games are a test for the World Championships to be held in Paris in November. Finishing well at the Worlds means qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics Games.

“My goal is the podium,” she said. “It will be the first time that a female Canadian Olympic weightlifter will have a medal at the Olympics. It will be historic.”

Girard competed for Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games in Bejiing – finishing fourth overall.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Whistleblower says Iranian-Americans questioned at Peace Arch crossing were targeted

Immigration lawyer says response from Customs Border Protection is a ‘total cover up’

Surrey bylaws tactics with Uber drivers ‘entrapment’ and ‘completely wrong’

That’s what Councillors Brenda Locke and Linda Annis had to say Monday about city staff hailing Uber drivers then issuing them warnings

Two men charged with first-degree murder in 2019 Surrey case

Two men charged with first-degree murder in killing of Andrew Baldwin, 30, in Surrey

‘Our Surrey Vision’ report to be made public Thursday

Community-engagement project launched by Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association last year

Indecent act reported in North Delta

Police received a report of a man touching himself in the park next to the Mackie library on Jan. 23

VIDEO: Canada’s first presumptive case of coronavirus officially confirmed

Both patient and wife arrived on a China Southern Airlines flight after having been to Wuhan

‘Big money’ funding B.C. politics now mostly from taxpayers

Campaign targets $16 million and counting in ‘politician welfare’

Ski lift closed at B.C. mountain over alleged actions of former employee

‘We are actively investigating and dealing with the actions of a former employee,’ said the resort

VIDEO: Music stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant at Grammys award show

Music artists including Billy Ray Cyrus, Rick Ross and Kirk Franklin paid tribute to Bryant

John Lennon’s psychedelic Rolls-Royce on display at Royal BC Museum

The classic car has been a favourite for Beatles fans from Victoria and internationally

Coastal GasLink stresses pipeline ‘on a schedule’ as B.C. appoints liaison for Wet’suwet’en

670-kilometre pipeline is schedule to be completed by end of 2023

Furstenau flays NDP as she launches B.C. Green Party leadership bid

LNG, Site C dam wrong for environment, Cowichan MLA says

Woman guilty of dangerous driving crash that left Saanich girl, then 11, unresponsive

Nikirk guilty of one count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm

Most Read

l -->