Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) would like to congratulate all of the athletes and coaches named to Team Canada. CSIO would also like to congratulate the 74 Ontario athletes and guides, the numerous Ontario coaches and the countless support staff representing Canada at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto. Ontario athletes comprise 34% of the total Canadian Parapan Am Team, the largest contribution from any province or territory.
“CSIO has always been a proud supporter of the Paralympic Movement and partner of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. For over a decade we have provided sport science, sport medicine, and high performance leadership to provincial and national para sport organizations, their athletes and coaches, culminating with our move to a new fully-accessible and state-of-the-art training facility,” said Debbie Low, CEO of Canadian Sport Institute Ontario. “Seeing so many Ontario athletes set to represent Canada at the Parapan Am Games is proof that the high performance para-athlete development system is thriving in Ontario. Building off the success of Team Canada at the Pan Am Games last month, we look forward to watching the Canadian Parapan Am Games Team inspire us as they strive to reach the podium!”
Among the Ontarians competing in the Games, 42% are from the Greater Toronto area and over 30% of the Ontario athletes named to the team have received sport science and sport medicine services from CSIO. The sport science and sport medicine services include strength and conditioning, nutrition, mental performance, biomechanics and performance analysis, physiology, and athletic therapy, delivered by CSIO’s in-house team of expert practitioners. Two sports are also partnered with CSIO in the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI) - Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby. As well, multiple sports have identified specific high performance para athletes that have their primary daily training environment in Ontario. CSIO works with these partnered NSOs and PSOs and the identified high performance athletes and coaches to enhance their ability to achieve international podium performances.
Highlights of Ontario athletes to watch at the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games include:
- The Men’s & Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Teams - the Men’s Team are the 2012 Paralympic Champions & the Women’s Team are the reigning 2014 World Champions.
- Para-Athletics wheelchair racer, Josh Cassidy of Guelph, who holds the world-record for fastest marathon ever completed (2012 Boston Marathon).
- Jason Dunkerley of Ottawa, who won a pair of medals at the 2012 Paralympic Games and holds the Canadian record in the T11 visually impaired 800m, 1500m and 5000m.
- The Wheelchair Rugby Team looks to win Gold as Wheelchair Rugby makes its debut at the Parapan Am Games; the Canadian Wheelchair Rugby Team won Silver in London at the 2012 Paralympic Games.
- Adam Purdy of London, 2-Time Paralympic Gold medallist in Swimming (2000 Sydney Paralympic Games). Adam is coming out of retirement to compete on home soil at the Games.
- Benoit Huot, 19-Time Paralympic and 4-Time Parapan Am Medallist in Swimming. Although Benoit is from Montreal, he has trained with Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre Ontario at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre and CSIO for the past year leading into the Games, making him an honourary Ontarian.
Ontario athletes join a team of 142 other athletes and guides from across the country, to be the largest team (216 athletes and guides!) to ever represent Canada at a Parapan American Games.
CSIO wishes Ontario athletes, coaches, and support staff representing Canada, the best of luck at the Games!
Go Canada Go!