CSIO Athlete of the Month
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is proud to recognize sailors Mariah Millen and Allie ten Hove as the OHPSI Athletes of the Month. Mariah and Allie finished 18th overall at the 49erFX Worlds, 10th Nation overall, and finished in the Top 10 of five of an 11 race series; setting a new Canadian record for the best 49erFX finish at an international event.
Both Mariah and Allie are OHPSI identified athletes receiving sport science support from Canadian Sport Institute Ontario. One of the primary services they receive from CSIO is strength and conditioning support including programming and monitoring of their yearly training programs. from strength & conditioning coach Greg Lewandowski. This includes providing individual training zones through metabolic testing to monitor their aerobic, anaerobic fitness, and max aerobic speed throughout different phases of training. Mariah and Allie are also monitored for anthropometric measures throughout the season to track changes specific to their strength & conditioning goals. In competition, CSIO staff have worked closely with the athletes on their hydration and recovery plans. The sailors also receive performance medicals and bloodwork, along with physical testing and support focused on high performance.
The apple does not fall far from the tree, with both athletes having sailing in their blood as their fathers were Olympic medalists in Sailing. Millen and ten Hove continue to push their 2019-2020 season with a great finish in the first half of Olympic qualifiers, and consistent training at the National Team Development Centre in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Follow Millen and ten Hove as they compete throughout the season leading up to Tokyo 2020: https://www.sailing.ca/
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is proud to recognize cross country skiers Graham Ritchie and Pierre Grall-Johnson as the OHPSI Athletes of the Month. Graham and Pierre finished first and third respectively in the Canadian Trials in January and will represent Canada at the U23 Cross-Country World Ski Championships taking place in Oberwiesenthal, Germany.
For Graham, it was his first national Noram circuit win. Pierre finished third in the final after setting the fastest time of the day in sprint qualifying. Pierre has been a standout on the Noram circuit this season, setting the fastest qualifying time in three straight national sprint events.
Graham qualified for the World Championships on the criteria of his first-place finish in the U23 sprint skate race at Canadian Trials. Pierre was selected to represent Canada on recommendation and consultation with Nordiq Canada’s High Performance Manager, NST coach and their Selection Committee after strong performances throughout the season.
Graham and Pierre train together out of the National Team Development Centre in Thunder Bay, ON.
Both Graham and Pierre are OHPSI identified athletes receiving sport science support from Canadian Sport Institute Ontario. One of the primary services they receive from CSIO is physiology support including physical testing and monitoring of their yearly training programs. This includes providing individual training zones through metabolic testing to monitor their aerobic, anaerobic fitness, and max aerobic speed throughout different phases of training. Graham and Pierre are also monitored for anthropometric measures throughout the season to track changes specific to their strength & conditioning and nutrition goals. In competition, CSIO staff have worked closely with the athletes on their hydration and recovery plans. The skiers have also received individual and team mental performance support focused on high performance behaviours.
Follow Graham and Pierre as they compete at the U23 Cross-Country World Ski Championships, February 28 - March 8: https://www.jwm2020.de/en/home/
- 2020 – Canadian Trials, Mont St. Anne, Quebec: 1st (Spring F)
- 2019 – Under-23 World Ski Championships, Lahti, Finland: 52nd (15km F), 26th (Sprint C)
- 2018 – World Junior Championships, Switzerland: 12th (Sprint F)
- 2020 – Canadian Trials, Mont St. Anne, Quebec: 3rd (Spring F)
- 2019 - Canadian Junior Championships, Gatineau, Quebec: 1st (Sprint F)
(Photo: National Team Development Centre)
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is proud to recognize Elaena Dick as the OHPSI Athlete of the Month. Elaena recently had an outstanding performance at the Winter Senior National Championships in Saskatoon on December 15, 2019. She finished 2nd in the Women’s 10m Platform event, reaching 360 points. Her score was the equivalent of a Top 5 ranking at a Worlds or Olympics.
Elaena trains out of the Toronto Diving Academy at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre with National Head Coach Gilles Emptoz-Lacote.
Since 2017, Elaena has been an identified athlete through CSIO’s Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI), with access to sport science and sport medicine support. This includes working with expert practitioners in the areas of Biomechanics, Strength & Conditioning, Nutrition, Physiotherapy and Mental Performance. Elaena also receives regular monitoring and access to CSIO medical services throughout her training and competition schedule.
Elaena is currently studying Kinesiology at the University of Toronto.
- 2nd – 10m Platform, 2019 Winter Senior National Championships
- 4th – 10m Platform, 2019 FISU Summer Universiade
Photos: Divng Canada/Vaughn Ridley
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is proud to recognize Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell as the OHPSI Athletes of the Month. Natalie and Bruce recently won silver in Ice Dance at the 2019 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Event held in Egna/Neumarkt (Italy) from October 2-5, 2019.
The Ice Dance duo have had a successful season so far, with three additional Top 5 finishes of note. Natalie and Bruce finished 1st at the 2019 Ontario Sectionals (Junior), 3rd at the 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships (Jr), and 4th at the Junior Grand Prix Riga Cup.
Natalie and Bruce train out of the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club with coaches Andrew Hallam, Tracey Wilson, Joey Russell.
As identified athletes through CSIO’s Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI), Natalie and Bruce have access to sport science and sport medicine support. This includes sport science and physiology support for physical testing and monitoring throughout the training and competition, and health monitoring and therapy treatments with one of our physiotherapists.
We wish Natalie and Bruce luck as they continue their season and prepare for the 2020 Skate Canada National Championships in Mississauga from January 13-19.
- 2nd - 2019 Junior Grand Prix Enga/Neumarkt
- 4th - 2019 Junior Grand Prix Riga Cup
- 3rd - 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships (Jr)
- 1st - 2019 Ontario Sectionals (Jr)
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is proud to recognize Ian Holmquist as the OHPSI Athlete of the Month. Ian was recently crowned as the inaugural National Final Champion (Male) of RBC Training Ground.
Growing up Ian played hockey and soccer but did not begin rowing until 2016, after his Grade 11 Phys-ed teacher encouraged him to test for the sport. He hit the Rowing Canada testing targets and was invited into Rowing Canada’s NextGen Training Hub at Trent University / Peterborough Rowing Club, coached and lead by former rowing Olympian, Carol Love.
Ian has had success on the water in recent years, including placing 3rd at the Canadian Indoor Rowing U19 Championships in 2018 and 4th at the Canadian Indoor Rowing U23 Championships in 2019. He was also part of the Men’s U23 Quad who came in first place at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta this past summer.
As an identified athlete through CSIO’s Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI), Ian has access to sport science and sport medicine support. This includes physiology support for both on water and in gym training direction, nutrition support focussed on fuelling and hydrating for training and competition, and biomechanical support such as stroke profile analysis.
Ian was no stranger to RBC Training Ground, first competing in the Toronto Final in 2017. Looking to see how he has improved, Ian took part in the 2019 Toronto Qualifier which landed him an invitation to the National Final. As the winner of RBC Training Ground, Ian will receive funding and resources to continue his training as a rower, with the aim of earning an Olympic spot in the future.
Currently studying as a Chemical Physics major at Trent University, Ian is also part of the varsity rowing team where he is coached by Ugette Vanderpost.
- 2019 National Champion, RBC Training Ground
- Ranked 25th Overall after 2019 National Rowing Championships
- Candidate for the U23 National Team
- 1st at Men’s U23 Quad Royal Canadian Henley Regatta
- 4th at Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships – Winter 2019
- 3rd at Canadian Indoor Rowing U19 Championships – Winter 2018
Ian with Coach Carol Love.
Photos: Murray McCullough