CSIO Athlete of the Month


Buenos Aires, Argentina, was home for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games from October 6th – 18th.

Team Canada captured 9 medals – 0 Gold, 3 Silver and 6 Bronze - across six different sports – Breaking, Artistic Gymnastics, Swimming, Taekwondo, Judo and Women’s Rugby Sevens.

This month, the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario and Core Power are proud to recognized the Canadian Women’s Rugby Seven’s Team in their accomplishment of capturing the sole team medal during the Games with a 24 – 19 victory over Columbia for Bronze.

CSIO is the proud home to the Ontario based National Development Rugby Academy (CSA-ON) which fueled the team with 5 of 12 athletes named to the YOG team.

Team members from the CSA-ON have been highlighted below:

Delaney Aikens – Rogues Rugby Club (Hearne, SK)
Taylor Black - Oakville Crusaders (Oakville, ON)
Kendra Cousineau - Niagara Wasps (Port Colborne, ON)

Hunter Czeppel – ARFC (Abbotsford, BC
Olivia De Couvreur - Ottawa Irish (Ottawa, ON)
Brooklynn Feasby - Oshawa Vikings (Port Perry, ON)
Lizzie Gibson – Oakville Crusaders (Caledon, ON

Madison Grant - Cornwall Claymores (Cornwall, ON)
Carmen Izyk - Foothills Lions RC (High River, AB)
Aleisha Lewis - Guelph Redcoats (Guelph, ON)
Maggie Mackinnon – Unattached (Sooke, BC)
Keyara Wardley - Okotoks Lions (Vulcan, AB).

The team was also accompanied and supported during the Games by CSA-ON staff, Head Coach, Sandro Fiorino and Athletic Therapist, Amy Stefaniuk.

While not in attendance in Argentina, a notable mention to Kris Robertson – CSIO Strength and Conditioning Coach – who played a integral role in the athletes physical development and preparation leading into the event.

Congratulations to the entire team and thank you for making Ontario and Canada Proud!


Action shots capture Taylor Black (running with ball) and Aliesha Lewis (catching ball mid-air).




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