Biography:

Christine Roper moved to Canada from her native Jamaica after graduating university in 2011 to begin training with the national team. A year later, she made her senior international debut and won a pair of medals at the 2013 World Championships, taking bronze with the eight and silver with the four. She followed that up with world championship silver in 2014 and another bronze in 2015 as a member of the eight. Until a fourth place finish at the 2016 regatta in Lucerne, she had also reached the podium at every World Cup event at which she had competed with the eight. Roper first represented Canada at the 2010 U23 World Championships where the eight won the bronze medal. A year later, Roper and the eight won U23 world gold. In 2012 she claimed a second U23 world title with the four. In her Olympic debut at Rio 2016, Roper and the eight advanced to the A final, finishing fifth.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Sally and Brian Roper… Brother John… Sister Sarah… Getting into the Sport: Started rowing at age 14 after having been a swimmer… Loves sports where there is a race; rowing had the right combination of being a racing sport and an ultimate teamwork sport… Had her Olympic dream sparked while watching Athens 2004… Outside Interests: Enjoys reading and watching movies… Graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology… Odds and Ends: Has a lucky pendant that she wears on her necklace while racing… Always travels with a good book… Collects fridge magnets from her travels… Favourite motto: Champions are made when no one is watching…