This past Wednesday, CSIO was pleased to welcome Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison for a visit. Ms. Robison, in town to promote the 2014 Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow, Scotland and the Queen’s Baton Relay stops in Canada, was able to join CSIO at the Swim High Performance Centre Ontario at the University of Toronto to see an elite training session. Ms. Robison was greeted by CSIO’s Chief Executive Officer Debbie Low and Director of Business Development, John Grootveld, as well representatives from the University including Swim Head Coach, Byron MacDonald. During her time at on the pool deck, Ms. Robison was able to watch some of the swimmers train, observe their lactate tests conducted by CSIO’s Sport Lab Technician, Elton Fernandes, and chat with Sport Therapist Jon Sprenger. The Cabinet Secretary and CSIO staff had the opportunity to discuss Canada’s preparations for the upcoming Commonwealth Games before departing for the CSIO office to continue her visit.
At the CSIO office, Ms. Robison and her staff were treated to a tour of the Sport Lab by Sport Scientist, Devon Frayne. The tour of the Sport Lab included a walkthrough of a typical testing session and a description of the equipment CSIO has available to athletes and coaches, as well as discussions surrounding CSIO’s new home at the Toronto Pan Am Sport Centre at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.
The Cabinet Secretary’s visit concluded with a meeting alongside CSIO staff to learn more about the Institute and its new facility, as well as the legacies of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games and the relationship between Canada and Scotland in the sport community.
“It was great to have the Cabinet Secretary visit CSIO and see first-hand what we do and how we support our athletes through sport science and sport medicine services,” said CSIO Chief Executive Officer, Debbie Low. “We had an engaging and insightful conversation with Ms. Robison and her staff including a comparison of the Canadian and Scottish sport systems and a discussion around the legacies that multi-sport Games provide, with Glasgow hosting the Commonwealth Games this summer and Toronto hosting the Pan/Parapan American Games in 2015.”
“I had an instructive and informative visit to Canadian Sport Institute Ontario where I heard from Debbie and her team about the development of programmes and facilities in the run up to the Pan Am Games,” said Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Sport, Shona Robison. “Our key legacy from the Commonwealth Games is to increase physical activity levels and I am keen to continue to share experience and knowledge between Scotland and Canada throughout this year and well into the future.”