On the Ground in PyeongChang: A CSIO Staffer's Role Supporting Team Canada at the Games

Friday, February 23, 2018
On the Ground in PyeongChang: A CSIO Staffer's Role Supporting Team Canada at the Games

Name: James Cunningham
CSIO Position: High Performance Athlete Development Advisor

Role in PyeongChang: Transportation Officer – COC Mission Staff 
Location: Coastal Performance Centre (Gangneung)

In his role, James will provide transportation logistical support to all members of Team Canada. This includes ensuring efficient arrivals/departures, providing guidance on the use of official Olympic Transport System and public transit systems, and managing a fleet of Canadian Olympic Committee vehicles and drivers.

This will be James’ 4th international Games having volunteered as Team Canada Mission Staff at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games and 2016 Rio Olympic Games as part of the Transportation Team with the Canadian Olympic Committee. While working at Cross Country Canada, James also attended the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games where he worked at the Nordic Skiing venue as the Manager of Forerunners.


“Working as part of a mission team at a major international games is a unique opportunity to support the athletes and coaches as they pursue international excellence. It is also an opportunity to work alongside a great team of staff and volunteers in an incredibly dynamic environment as we help each other learn and grow together. Moving outside your day to day role can be a great way to learn about yourself and experience new challenges that can help move you forward in your personal and professional growth.”

James Cunningham
High Performance Athlete Development Advisor, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
Transportation Officer, Team Canada Mission Staff – PyeongChang 2018

“When you look at CSIO’s Vison, Mission, and Values there is a strong link to supporting staff if they are given the opportunity and privilege to be a part of Team Canada’s support staff.  As a proud member of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSI Network), CSIO is delighted that staff, like James, are given this chance to support the Canadian Team on the world stage.”

Tommy Wharton
Director, High Performance Sport, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario


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


Media Contact:
Laura Albright, Manager, Communications & Events
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
Tel: 416.596.1240 Ext. 238
Email: lalbright@csiontario.ca 


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