18 Sports Accepted Into CSIO's High Performance Programs

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is pleased to announce the 18 sports that have been accepted in to the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI) and the Ontario National Centre Strategy for 2014-2015.

The OHPSI program was designed in an effort to develop a comprehensive provincial high performance sport system which will allow for future sustained success of athletes and coaches at the very highest levels of international sport. The goal of the OHPSI program is to identify and support Ontario athletes who are best capable of achieving future international success on senior national teams in targeted winter and summer Olympic/Paralympic and Pan/Para Pan Am Games sports.

Additionally, the Ontario National Centre Strategy’s goal is to further support Own the Podium targeted sports with National Centres in Ontario and to ensure Ontario remains a leader in the development of Canada’s medal winning athletes.

Through these two high performance programs, CSIO provides leadership, coaching support, sport science and sport medicine services, equipment and technology, competition and training camp enhancements, and facility access to create optimal daily training environments for Ontario athletes and coaches. The program also aims for CSIO to build stronger relationships with Provincial and National Sport Organizations (PSOs and NSOs), providing support to targeted athletes that are demonstrating they are on the pathway towards future international success. This approach is intimately tied and aligned to Own the Podium’s vision and strategy to optimize a targeted approach to increasing Canada’s potential for future international podium performances.

The 18 sports selected to be a part of CSIO’s High Performance Programs are:

Athletics Beach Volleyball CanoeKayak
Cycling Diving Figure Skating
Freestyle Skiing Judo Rowing
Sailing Swimming Synchronized Swimming
Triathlon Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Rugby
Women’s Basketball Women’s Hockey Women’s Soccer

“Congratulations to all of the sports selected to be a part of the OHPSI and the National Centre Programs for 2014-15. We believe that providing a clear performance pathway for targeted athletes and coaches will help Ontario lead the way to achieving future podium success for Canada at the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games, the 2020 and 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond,” said CSIO Chief Executive Officer, Debbie Low. “Specifically, athletes and coaches will have the ability to integrate sport science and sport medicine into their daily training environments like never before with the opening of the new state-of-the-art sport institute this summer at the Toronto Pan Am Sport Centre and CSIO satellite locations at the Milton Velodrome, Pan Am Track and Field Centre at York University, and the Goldring Centre at the University of Toronto. This type of support will be instrumental in setting the stage for the transition of athletes from elite development to the more senior levels of National Team programming and delivering top results internationally.”

“We very much look forward to working with the selected PSOs and NSOs, as well as working with our performance partner Own the Podium, in the delivery of each sports respective High Performance plan and optimization of the athlete talent pool in Ontario,” continues Low. “The ultimate aim is the development of future international performers that can compete at the highest levels and be on the podium in Olympic cycles to come.”

“The quality and depth of competition at the Olympic and Paralympic Games continues to increase dramatically around the world, and Canada cannot stand still if we want to continue being a world-leading sport nation,” said Anne Merklinger, Chief Executive Officer of Own the Podium. “Olympian and Paralympians can be developed in every corner of the country. For Canada to remain competitive, we need to continue building the talent pool of athletes across the country in an effort to develop more athletes into podium contenders at future Games. Providing athletes, coaches and targeted sports with access to high-performance resources and programs at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario will help us better achieve our nation’s collective goal.”

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