Vote now for Christine Nesbitt as 2011 Sportswoman of the Year!

Speed Skating National Team member Christine Nesbitt has been nominated and named as a finalist for one of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s 2011 Sportswoman of the Year Awards and she needs your vote to win!

The Women's Sports Foundation recognizes women for incredible achievements in individual and team performances. Each year, the top 10 candidates from various disciplines are chosen for the ballot, based on their record-breaking, historic, and simply amazing athletic performances. This year, Christine is the only Canadian athlete on the ballot!

It is not surprising that Christine got nominated as she earned an astonishing number of medals during the 2010-2011 season. With multiple victories in the 500m, 1000m, and 1500m Nesbitt is the reigning World Cup 1500m Champion, and 1000m runner-up. Ten of her gold medals are World Cup titles, including five gold medals in the 1000m and four gold medals in the 1500m. She also took a gold medal in the Team Pursuit. Nesbitt set four track records in the 1000m and two track records in the Team Pursuit. She is the Canadian Women's Champion at 500m, 1000m, 1500m and 3000m, She went on to win the gold medal in the 500m and silver in the 1500m at the World All Round Speed Skating Championships, leading to a second overall ranking by the ISU. She also won the World Single Distance Championship in the 1000m and the Team Pursuit. Nesbitt was named 2010 Female Athlete of the Year by Postmedia Network Inc. and was presented with the Velma Springstead Trophy by the True Sport Foundation (Canadian Sport Awards). She is currently ranked No.2 in the world in the 1000m and No.1 in the world in the 1500m by the ISU.

To cast your vote:

- Visit facebook.com/WomensSportsFoundation click on the photo albums for Individual Sport Athlete finalists, and simply “like” the photo of Chrisine Nesbitt. You can only vote once in the album.

- Those who do not utilize Facebook can review Christine’s bios at www.womenssportsfoundation.org and e-mail VoteSOY@WomensSportsFoundation.org with your vote for Christine.

The voting has already begun and will conclude midnight E.S.T., September 5, 2011 so go place your vote for Christine right now!

The winners will be determined by a combination of the public vote (50%) and the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Awards Committee’s vote (50%).

Go on and vote for our Canadian speed skating superstar Christine Nesbitt!

For more information about the Sportswomen of the Year Awards - www.womenssportsfoundation.org