British Formula Windsurfing Champion Christine Johnston of Brighton, England just
missed out on the top three places at the recent Professional Windsurfing Association
Racing Championships that took place in Leba, Poland from the 6 – 10 August.
100 men and 18 women, including all the top international racers gathered to compete
there. It was one of the largest and best quality womens’ fleets gathered
to date in Formula Windsurfing.
Just 0.3 of a point kept Christine out of the top three, and off the podium.
Christine was, in fact, lying in second position overall going into the eighth
and final race of the championships, but a poor performance in the final race
saw her overall position slip to fourth.
Said Christine of her performance:
“I started thinking about the points, and where I needed to finish to
retain second overall going into the last race. It was a real mistake to do
that because it made me too anxious, instead of just focusing on the race. I
had my worst result of the event! I will be trying not to do that again!”
Christine’s next major competition will be the 2003 Formula World Championships,
currently scheduled, but not yet confirmed, to take place in Sardinia at the
beginning of October. Through her results at the British Championships in Hove
in May, and her result last week at Leba Christine has qualified in first position
for Royal Yachting Association grant support for the Worlds. Christine will
certainly be looking to improve upon her third position at the 2002 Formula
1 POL-1 Dorota Staszewska 4,2 points
2 ITA-31 Verena Fauster 19,7 points
3 SUI-14 Karin Jaggi 20,7 points
4 GBR-93 Christine Johnston 21,0 points
5 GER-215 Christine Becker 23,0 points
Christine is currently finishing a MSc. in Sport and Exercise Psychology at
University College Chichester, West Sussex. When in Brighton she works as a
personal trainer, running her business ‘Christine Johnston Personal Training’.
Christine is supported by Gaastra, Starboard, Deboichet, Neil Pryde wetsuits,