Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) has recently added two new staff to its sport science team – Brendan Murphy as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Katie Jessop as a Sport Nutrition Intern.
As CSIO’s newest Strength and Conditioning specialist, Brendan will be responsible for planning, consulting and delivering strength and conditioning programs to targeted Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) and National Sport Organizations (NSOs). Working primarily out of CSIO’s new satellite office at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Brendan will focus on working with Cycling Canada and Ontario Cycling Association’s high performance cycling athletes. Brendan joins a team of Strength and Conditioning experts at CSIO who provide world-class programs to help high performance athletes perform optimally during training and competition.
In her role as a Sport Nutrition Intern, Katie will work with CSIO’s Sport Nutrition team over the next 3 months to develop educational tools and resources for the targeted high performance athletes and coaches that CSIO works with. Katie will also conduct nutritional assessments for individual athletes and work closely with PSOs and NSOs, their integrated support teams of doctors, coaches and sport science and sport medicine practitioners, to provide expert nutritional support and to help the athletes optimize their performance. In addition, Katie will coordinate the operations of CSIO’s Performance Kitchen and Athlete Lounge at its main facility at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC), including the booking and facilitating of cooking demonstrations and nutrition presentations, as well as the purchasing, maintenance and inventory of all equipment and supplies in those spaces.
“We are thrilled to have Brendan and Katie join the team during this exciting time of growth for CSIO,” said Troy Taylor, CSIO’s Director, Sport Science and Sport Medicine. “Coinciding with the opening of our satellite facility at the Milton Velodrome, Brendan’s hiring will bring years of strength and conditioning expertise to the athletes and coaches he will be working with there. Likewise, Katie’s role coordinating the Performance Kitchen and Athlete Lounge will play a major part in streamlining and enhancing the sport nutrition programs and services we provide athletes at our facilities at TPASC, the Velodrome, and to athletes across Ontario.”
Strength & Conditioning
Brendan joins the team at CSIO from Vancouver by way of Ireland. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport and Exercise Physiology (2009) and a Master’s Degree from the University of Ulster (2010). He brings experience of having previously worked with professional sports teams, Olympic and collegiate athletes, as well as implementing youth development programs to successful junior athletes. Brendan’s background lies in Track and Field where he competed to a high level in sprint events. He is excited to be involved with the development of Cycling Canada programs, as well as the integration of strength and conditioning for the upcoming Pan/Parapan Am Games, Rio 2016 and beyond.
Brendan can be reached via email at [email protected]
Sport Nutrition Intern
Katie is a Registered Dietitian and holds a Masters in Health Science, Community Nutrition from the University of Toronto. She specialized as a Sports Dietitian, completing the Dietitians of Canada Intensive Sports Nutrition course in 2013, which builds on her love of nutritional science and metabolism.
Katie’s most recent role was to develop and run the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Health Check program for foodservice, teaching restaurants how to make healthier foods and communicate them to their customers. Previously she was a high growth technical sales representative of food ingredients to food manufacturers. She is currently researching nutrition analysis software use and training with Health Canada, in an effort to improve accuracy of users of nutrition analysis data.
Katie can be reached via email at [email protected]