2000 Canadian Sport Awards
ALSO ON SLAM!
Nominated by Synchro CanadaJames Christie, author and journalist, has been a staffer at the Globe and Mail since 1974, covering a broad spectrum of sports and personalities. Over the course of his distinguished career, he has written about 200 front-page stories and has interviewed and written about some of the biggest and most historic names in sport.
One of the most respected Canadian journalists on the amateur sports scene, Christie has covered five Olympic Games, five Olympic Winter Games, five Commonwealth Games, and four Pan American Games. He has covered the glory days of Canada's best as well as the dark side of Canadian sport. He has also written extensively about professional sport.
"Mr. Christie's fair and equitable coverage of synchronized swimming and his ability to show both sides of issues is testimony to his integrity in the field of journalism and communications," says Jost Am Rhyn, executive director of Synchro Canada. "His informative reporting has helped to promote our sport and educate the public on issues relating to amateur sport in Canada."
Christie has been honoured for his work in moving sport's social issues - including sexism, apartheid, abuse, and drugs - out of the shadows and on to the front pages. In 1996 he won a national award for a 20-week series on Olympic swimmer Joanne Malar. He received a 1994 Ontario government citation for his contribution to sport through his writing. He also won the 1991 Lumière Award for articles on athletes who turn to drugs and alcohol. He was the only Canadian writer to get an honourable mention in the 1992 Associated Press Awards for his coverage of the Barcelona Olympics.