Christine Keay

Biography

Date of Birth

March 14, 1990

Birthplace

Regina, Saskatchewan

Residence

New Westminster, British Columbia

Home Club

Maple Ridge Leisure Centre, Maple Ridge

Coach

Ross Richardson

Equipment

Gearbox

Christine Keay represented Canada for the first time as an elite athlete at the 2012 Pan Am Championships where she won bronze in doubles with partner Jennifer Saunders. Since then she has competed at eight international events including the 2015 and 2019 Pan Am Games. She was a member of the Women’s Team that won a bronze medal for Canada at the 2015 Games in Toronto. Keay’s top international results in singles were at the 2014 and 2016 IRF World Championships where she advanced to the round of eight. Keay has finished on the podium at the National Championships consistently since 2010. She hold 3 Canadian titles in Women’s Open Doubles, winning gold in 2021 with partner Cassie Prentice and in 2016 and 2017 with Michèle Morissette. In total, Keay has won fifteen medals in open events at the Canadian Championships including 2 gold, 5 silver and 8 bronze. She also had great success as a junior player and represented Canada at six consecutive junior world championships. In 2005 she won the U14 world championship title in the singles event.

Q&A

Start in Racquetball: My dad was the one who introduced me into Racquetball. He first taught my brother who is 3 years older how to play. Of course I had to be like my brother so I begged my dad to teach me. Once my hand was finally big enough to hold the racquet, he taught me the rules and played with me at the age of 6 years old. I have been playing ever since and have no plans to stop any time soon 🙂

Reason for playing: I enjoy racquetball because I am able to ‘get away’ from everything else. It is something that I can enjoy as not that many people play the sport. It is time away from everything where I can practice something I am good at.  I also enjoy playing because I am able to play and meet people in different places across the country as well as the world. I have to thank racquetball for the opportunity, as I know it is because of the sport I have seen some awesome places and met great people.

Training habits: Plugging my headphones in and getting down to business. I have a variety of different aerobic/anaerobic, strength, on court, off court, etc. workouts that I mix and match together. I think variety is very important when it comes to training to avoid fatigue, burning out, or having your muscles get use to the workouts. Changing it up is what I like to do and I believe it is important to a training program.

What is your best racquetball moment or memory?  At a senior level it would be representing Canada at my first international event – the 2012 Pan American Championships in Chile. I was so nervous that first game, but the first two serves I hit couldn’t have been better. I got an ace the first one and a skip the next. My serve was on point all game and it felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. Many moons ago, but at a junior level it would be winning at the 2005 Junior World Championships in Juarez. It showed the the round robin doesn’t make or break the tournament. I lost 3/4 of my games but once it came to the single elimination, I played solid and won the tournament! The big take away I tell junior athletes is to not give up!

Non-racquetball talents: I am a deal finder. No matter what the objective is, I must find the best deal. I take pride knowing that I got the best deal no matter how small the deal really is.

When you are not playing racquetball you are probably? Being active. During the summer months I love being outside biking. During the winter months I trying to head out west and snowboard. It is something I have picked up the past few years and I absolutely love it.

What is something that people might not know about you or find surprising? I rarely get hungry . . . but I love food way too much. I enjoy cooking and it would be one of my dream jobs.

What advise do you have for athletes who want to play at your level?  Stay committed and work for what you want. Sometimes it is hard to balance work, school, friends, family, and sport but it is worth it. It is nice knowing that I am good at something that others may not be. Racquetball has opened a variety of doors for me which I am very grateful for.

Who has been important in your development as a racquetball player and how were they important?  My Dad, Ross Richardson 🙂 He got me started in the sport and he is the one who keeps me going. We push each other because he wants me to be at the top of my game and I push him to stay in shape! We both are competitive and stubborn so we definitely do not want to loose to each other.. it forces us to try even harder! Sometimes the father/daughter relationship gets blurred in with the coach/athlete relationship but at the end of the day, he is looking out for me.

Highlights

Bronze
2015 Pan Am Games
Women's Team Event
Bronze
2012 Pan Am Championships
Women's Doubles
Silver
2021 National Championships
Women's Open Singles
Gold
2021 National Championships
Women's Open Doubles
Silver
2019 National Championships
Women's Open Singles
Silver
2019 National Championships
Women's Open Doubles
Silver
2018 National Championships
Women's Open Singles
Silver
2018 National Championships
Women's Open Doubles
Bronze
2017 National Championships
Women's Open Singles
Gold
2017 National Championships
Women's Open Doubles
Gold
2016 National Championships
Women's Open Doubles
Bronze
2015 National Championships
Women's Open Doubles
Bronze
2014 National Championships
Women's Open Singles
Silver
2014 National Championships
Women's Open Doubles
Bronze
2013 National Championships
Women's Open Singles
Bronze
2013 National Championships
Women's Open Doubles
Bronze
2012 National Championships
Women's Open Doubles
Bronze
2011 National Championships
Women's Open Doubles
Bronze
2010 National Championships
Women's Open Doubles
Bronze
2008 Junior World Championships
Girl's 18 & U Doubles
Bronze
2006 Junior World Championships
Girl's 18 & U Singles
Bronze
2006 Junior World Championships
Girl's 16 & U Doubles
Gold
2005 Junior World Championships
Girl's 14 & U Singles