For Immediate Release
TORONTO (April 24, 2018)- Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) would like to congratulate the 282 athletes that represented Canada at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, held in the Gold Coast, Australia.
Ontario was well represented with 90 total athletes competing. These athletes brought home 43 medals out of a total of 82. This final total matched the number of medals earned at the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland, placing Canada as 3rd nation overall in medal count. Of the 43 medals earned by Ontario athletes, an impressive 30 (70%) were directly impacted by CSIO services and programs.
While there were many moments where CSIO athletes excelled and made us proud, we are pleased to see the high success rate of our athletes that are supported by the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI). Funded by the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport since 2010, this program is designed to support high performance athletes with coaching support, sport science, sport medicine, equipment and technology, as well as competition and training camp enhancements. In these games we saw OHPSI supported athletes in sports such as Swimming, Beach Volleyball, and Athletics deliver powerful and inspirational podium performances against an extremely talented international field.
Ontario/CSIO Quick Facts
- Swimmers Taylor Ruck and Kylie Masse captured a combined total of 12 medals including 3 Gold, 3 Silver, and 2 Bronze, including contributing to 4 relay medals for Team Canada. Ruck also matched the record for most medals won by a single athlete at a single Commonwealth Games with 8 in total.
- Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan made history by winning Gold in the debut of Beach Volleyball at the Commonwealth Games. Teammates Sam Pedlow and Sam Schacter won Silver on the men’s side.
- 43 athletes who were part of Team Canada came through the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI) These athletes contributed to a total of 27 medals (including 5 Gold medals).
- Pierce LePage earned the Silver medal in Decathlon. Pierce is an OHPSI graduate as well as the 2016 winner of the RBC Training Ground (Ontario Finals)
“ Without a doubt OHPSI has moved the needle and significantly impacted the performances of Ontario based high performance athletes. From the Commonwealth games perspective, looking at the data from 2010 to 2018, there has been an incredible rise in Ontario’s influence on the total medal count. In 2014 OHPSI contributed to 5 medals earned in Glasgow, rising to an incredible 27 this past year in the Gold Coast. A special thank you must go to the athletes, coaches, Provincial and National Sport Organizations that have all worked hard to support the performances. These results show the impact of CSIO programming and bode well for results in 2020 and beyond. A final thank you must go to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, their incredible support of high performances athletes and CSIO programming is making a difference!”
Director, High Performance Sport
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
Photo Credit: Commonwealth Games Canada