Western Australia’s Christine Stanton was Australia’s most consistent female high jumper since Michelle Brown (Mason) in the early 1960s. As the 16-year-old Christine Annison, and employing the ‘Fosbury Flop’, she was jumping high enough to be contention for Montreal 1976. She didn’t get to compete, but four years later, now as Christine Stanton, she attended the boycott-ravaged Moscow 1980, where she finished an excellent sixth.
Her two other Olympic appearances were at Los Angeles 1984, where she finished 11th, and at Seoul 1988, where she came seventh. At two Commonwealth Games she won gold and silver medals in her event. Throughout her career, she won eight Australian championship (one being in the long jump).
Christine Stanton was also an international standard netballer and had athletics not taken priority in the mid-1980s she was destined to represent Australia. In 2000, she was inducted into the Western Australia Hall of Champions.