Her rowing career began as a student in 2001 when she joined a learn-to-row program at Simon Fraser University. Falling in love with the sport during her first practice, and inspired by other great Canadian rowers like Silken Laumann and Marnie McBean, Krista began working and dreaming toward the goal of rowing in the Olympics one day. Her quick rise through the ranks was nothing short of meteoric. After graduating from SFU, she moved to Ontario to train with the National Team and competed in her first Olympics in 2008.
Known for her hard work, consistency, and “boat feel”, the innate sense of when the boat is in balance and going fast, Krista became a team leader who was valued and respected for her ability to push and encourage people at the same time. Her resilience and commitment paid off in August 2012, when she and her teammates competed in the women’s eight and won a silver medal for Canada. Her achievements in rowing at the national level, World Cup Regattas, World Championships and the Olympic Games rank Krista among the top female rowers in the history of Canadian rowers.
Krista stands out as a role model for young athletes and has volunteered countless hours to educate, coach and mentor young athletes. She contributes her time to numerous community events and charitable causes, and is a lead ambassador and spokesperson for Fast and Female, a national non-profit dedicated to encouraging girls 8-18 years old to lead more active and healthy lives.