CANADIAN SPORT INSTITUTE ONTARIO WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR, PERFORMANCE SERVICES

Monday, August 8, 2016

For Immediate Release

TORONTO (August 8, 2016) – Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is pleased to announce the hiring of Pierre McCourt as Director, Performance Services.

Pierre comes to CSIO with years of international experience in senior organizational roles, leading sport science and sport medicine teams in program and service delivery. Most recently Pierre held the position of Director of the National Sports Medicine Program of Qatar, and has previous experience working for Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League, Athletics Australia, British Athletics, and the English Institute of Sport. Pierre’s technical expertise is as a Sports Physiotherapist with a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy from La Trobe University Melbourne (2000).  He has also just recently completed an Executive MBA from HEC Paris in Qatar (2016).

As the Director, Performance Services, Pierre will lead the Performance Services team, comprised of more than 30 skilled practitioners, in the delivery of world-class applied sport science & medicine support to athletes, coaches and partnered sports. This includes overseeing the programs, services and initiatives that provide the optimal daily training environment for Canada’s Olympic, Paralympic, and High Performance National and Provincial Team athletes based in Ontario.

Pierre will be a key part of CSIO’s Senior Management Team, working closely with the CEO and its other Directors in shaping CSIO’s strategic priorities and organizational initiatives. As the Director, Performance Services, Pierre will also lead the facilitation and fostering of relationships with new and existing partners including national & provincial sport organizations, funding partners, and the other sport institutes and centres that comprise the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network.

 

QUOTES:

“We are very excited to welcome Pierre to the CSIO team. Pierre brings years of expertise to the role of Director, Performance Services. His wealth of knowledge and high performance acumen will provide valuable leadership to CSIO and our staff, as well as in fostering relationships with key partners in the sport community. He has a proven track record for success and will be instrumental in shaping CSIO and the world-class sport science and sport medicine support we provide to athletes, coaches and sports in achieving their goals and reaching the podium.”

Debbie Low
CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

“I am thrilled to join the team at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, a world-class organization. CSIO is second to none with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, expert staff, and world-class programs and services. I look forward to working with Debbie and the entire CSIO staff, as well as stakeholders, in further developing the sport system in Ontario and Canada to better support the athletes and coaches in reaching their optimal performance.”

Pierre McCourt
Director, Performance Services, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Pierre McCourt
Director, Performance Services

With over 19 years of professional experience, Pierre’s career has evolved from a technical role in sport physiotherapy, to becoming an expert in his field, and subsequently moving into administration and senior management. Pierre has held many roles in high performance sport including Sports Physiotherapist at two Olympic Games, the management of sport medicine and sport science units, and senior organizational roles in three Countries (Australia, UK, Qatar). Previous organizations that Pierre has worked with include – Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League, Athletics Australia, British Athletics, the English Institute of Sport and prior to joining CSIO, Pierre’s most recent position was as the Director of the National Sports Medicine Program of Qatar. From an academic perspective Pierre has completed a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy from La Trobe University Melbourne (2000) and an Executive MBA from HEC Paris (2016). Throughout his career Pierre has also presented original material at clinical and coaching conferences plus co-authored peer reviewed publications.

 

About Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is a non-profit organization committed to the pursuit of excellence by providing world-class programs, services, and leadership to high performance athletes and coaches to enhance their ability to achieve international podium performances. CSIO offers athletes a range of sport science and sport medicine services including nutrition, physiology, biomechanics, strength & conditioning, mental performance, sport therapy and life services. CSIO also delivers programming and services to National and Provincial Sport Organizations and coaches to work towards building a stronger sport system in Ontario and Canada.

CSIO services approximately 700 high performance athletes and 250 coaches, at its main facility at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, its satellite location at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, and in daily training environments across Ontario. CSIO is part of a larger network of 4 institutes and 3 multi-sport centres across the country known as the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network, working in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee. CSIO is further supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Sport Canada, Own the Podium, and the Coaching Association of Canada, along with the National and Provincial Sport Organizations within the sector.  www.csiontario.ca

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Media Contact:
Laura Albright, Senior Communications Coordinator
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
Tel: 416.596.1240 Ext. 238
Email: lalbright@csiontario.ca | www.csiontario.ca    

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