CSIO Rio 2016 Games Tracker: Swimming

Monday, April 18, 2016
Audrey Lacroix, Penny Oleksiak, Sandrine Mainville, Chantal Van Landeghem and Michelle Williams receiving their Team Canada jackets

Yours to Discover: Team Canada and the Ontario Athletes for the 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games 

Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) would like to congratulate the 27 swimmers nominated to the Canadian Olympic Team and the 22 swimmers that meet the criteria to be nominated to the Canadian Paralympic Team for the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Of the 27 swimmers named to the Olympic Team, 14 are from and/or train in Ontario:

  • Javier Acevedo, Scarborough, ON
  • Ashton Baumann, Ottawa, ON
  • Dominique Bouchard, North Bay, ON
  • Kennedy Goss, Toronto, ON
  • Audrey Lacroix, Pont-Rouge, QC
  • Brittany MacLean, Toronto, ON
  • Sandrine Mainville, Boucherville, QC
  • Kylie Masse, LaSalle, ON
  • Martha McCabe, Toronto, ON
  • Penny Oleksiak, Toronto, ON
  • Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, Ottawa, ON
  • Chantal Van Landeghem, Winnipeg, MB
  • Evan Van Moerkerke, Tillsonburg, ON
  • Michelle Williams, Toronto, ON

6 of the athletes to be named to the Paralympic Team are from and/or train in Ontario:

  • Alexander Elliot, Kitchener, ON
  • Devin Gotell, London, ON
  • Gordie Michie, St. Thomas, ON
  • Nydia Langill, Mississauga, ON
  • Tess Routliffe, Caledon, ON
  • Abi Tripp, Kingston ON

Five of the swimmers named to Team Canada train out of Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre-Ontario (HPC-O) at Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre and the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario under Coach Ben Titley. These five athletes are: 

•    Audrey Lacroix
•    Sandrine Mainville
•    Penny Oleksiak
•    Chantal Van Landeghem
•    Michelle Williams

15 year-old swimmer, Penny Oleksiak was a breakout star at the Olympic Trials, winning Female Swim of the Meet after setting a World Junior Record and Canadian Record in the 100 freestyle, and a Canadian Record in the 100 butterfly.

As part of the HPC-O, these athletes are able to access CSIO and its world-class facility as part of their daily training environment, receiving integrated support services from CSIO’s expert sport science and sport medicine practitioners including Biomechanics and Performance Analysis, Strength & Conditioning, Athletic Therapy, Sport Medicine, Sport Massage Therapy, and Sport Nutrition. CSIO staff working with the swimmers include Ryan Atkison, Lead, Biomechanics and Performance Analysis; Shawn Jeffers, Strength and Conditioning / Athletic Therapist; Dr. Steven Dilkas, Sport Medicine Physician; Remo Bucci, Registered Sport Massage Therapist; Nicole Springle, Lead, Sport Nutrition; and Erik Sesbreno, Sport Nutritionist.

19-time Paralympic medallist, Benoit Huot of Saint-Lambert, QC was also named to the Canadian Paralympic Team. Benoit moved to Toronto and trained with Ben Titley and the HPC-O for 9 months leading into the 2015 Parapan Am Games.

CSIO through its Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative, or OHPSI (NEXTGEN Ontario) program has supported many of the Ontario athletes nominated to the Canadian Olympic Team, either currently or during earlier stages of their career development pathway. These athletes include:

First Name Last Name OHPSI (NEXTGEN – Ontario
Javier Acevedo    2013, 2014, 2015


Baumann 2010
Dominique Bouchard 2012
Kennedy Goss 2013, 2014
Brittany Maclean   2010
Kylie  Masse     2013, 2014
Martha McCabe   2010
Penny     Oleksiak 2013, 2014, 2015
Erika      Seltenrieich-Hodgson     2010, 2011
Evan    Van Moerkerke  2010
Michelle  Williams 2010

OHPSI (NEXTGEN Ontario) is a program designed by CSIO and funded by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS), to provide sport science and sport medicine services to athletes who are best capable of achieving future international success on senior national teams in targeted winter and summer sports. The OHPSI (NEXTGEN Ontario) investment also contributes to funding athlete participation in training camps, international events, coach and technical leadership support and enhancing sports’ daily training environments. 

Most recently, CSIO has provided assistance to swimming through coaching and technical leadership services to Ontario Swim Academy and its Head Coach Andi Manley, who is based out of the training facility at TPASC; and enhanced sport science and medicine support including Biomechanics, Physiotherapy and Strength and Conditioning. OHPSI (NEXTGEN Ontario) has also provided training and competition support to enhance race experience and international exposure including funding and leadership in hosting OHPSI training camps throughout the year at TPASC; hosting of the Ontario Junior International meet in December 2015 at TPASC; and sending 22 Ontario athletes to attend Pro Series meets in the United States.


“The relationship between the swimming program of the High Performance Centre Ontario and the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario has been instrumental in the performances of some of Canada’s best aquatic athletes in qualifying for and aiming for success at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The proximity and quality of the services they provide, and the integration of coaching with applied sports science support in fields such as biomechanics, strength and conditioning, nutrition, recovery to name just a few, is first class. Combine that with the world-class facilities that they offer and you have a package that will aid our nation’s best athletes compete to be the very best in the world over many years to come.”

Ben Titley
Head Coach, High Performance Centre – Ontario
Swimming Canada

“Swim Ontario is proud to partner with Own The Podium, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and CSIO in the NEXTGEN and OHPSI programs. These programs have been absolutely key to our success in the pool. 100% of the Ontario swimmers named to both the 2016 Olympic Team and Paralympic team have received significant support in their development from these programs. Our successes today and in the future, are due in part to the substantial contributions of our Performance Partners.” 

Darin Muma
Interim Executive Director & Performance Programs Manager
Swim Ontario

CSIO wishes to congratulate all the athletes that took part in the recent Olympic/Paralympic swim trials held at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. We are extremely pleased to see the fantastic results of the Ontario athletes and especially proud of all athletes named to represent Canada at the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We are very proud of our partnership with Swim Ontario, Swimming Natation Canada, and Own the Podium.”

Debbie Low
Chief Executive Officer, CSIO  

CSIO believes that through the integration of sport science and sport medicine into the daily training environment, and support through elite coaching and technical leadership delivered in this new world-class legacy facility there will be unparalleled opportunities for the next generation of international performers.  Through the OHPSI (NEXTGEN Ontario) program and support to the High Performance Centre Ontario it is impressive to see the conversion of these activities into the high number of impressive world-class results just witnessed in the pool.  This is an incredibly exciting time for high performance swimming!” 

Tommy Wharton
Director, High Performance Sport, CSIO

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