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CSIO Rio 2016 Games Tracker: Athletics

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

For Immediate Release

TORONTO (July 29, 2016) – Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) would like to congratulate the 65 athletes nominated to the Canadian Olympic Team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

An astounding 34 of the 65 athletes nominated to the Olympic Team are from Ontario.

Among the Ontario athletes named to the Olympic Team are 2015 Pan Am Games gold medallists Damian Warner of London, ON (Decathlon); Melissa Bishop of Eganville, ON (800m); Andre De Grasse of Markham, ON (100m, 200m); Derek Drouin of Corunna, ON (High Jump); Shawn Barber of Toronto, ON (Pole Vault); Matthew Hughes of Oshawa, ON (3000m Steeplechase); and Mohammed Ahmed of St. Catharines, ON (10,000m).

Working closely with Athletics Canada and Athletics Ontario, CSIO staff have contributed to the Ontario athletes’ integrated support team (IST), providing sport science and sport medicine services to the National Team program. Over the course of the Rio quadrennial the athletes and their coaches have access to CSIO expert practitioners including strength and conditioning and performance analysis.

CSIO’s world-class facilities at Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre are also a key element in Rio-bound Nikkita Holder’s daily training environment. The female hurdler from Pickering, ON can often be found weekday mornings training in CSIO’s strength and conditioning space and practicing on the track.

First Name Last Name Event OHSPI (NEXTGEN – Ontario)
Mohammed Amed 10,000m 2013
Shaunacy Barber Pole Vault 2013
Khamica Bingham 4x100m Relay 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Melissa Bishop 800m 2012, 2013
Alicia Brown 400m, 4x400m Relay 2013, 2014
Brittany Crew Shot Put 2014, 2015
Andre De Grasse 100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay 2013
Crystal Emmanuel 100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Phylicia George 100m Hurdles, 4x100m Relay 2011
Mikkita Holder 100m Hurdles 2011
Oluwasegun Makinde 4x100m Relay 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Brandon McBride 800m 2013
Noelle Montcalm 400m Hurdles 2012, 2013, 2014
Alysha Newman Pole Vault 2013
Anthony Romaniw 800m 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Andrea Seccafien 5000m 2016
Gabriela Stafford 1500m 2013, 2014, 2015
Damian Warner Decathlon 2010, 2011, 2012

CSIO through its Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative, or OHPSI (NEXTGEN Ontario) program has also provided 18 of the athletes named to the Team with support during various stages of their career development pathway.

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.

Through the OHPSI (NEXTGEN Ontario) program, CSIO has provided ongoing assistance to the sport of Athletics through technical leader support, coaching support, and direct-to-athlete funding. Many of the OHPSI supported athletes trained full-time in Ontario or were based out of NCAA programs in the United States and received support in their Ontario-based daily training environment.



“Athletics Canada has for the first time in history, fielded the largest and most successful team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. An impressive 52% of this Team is made up Ontario athletes. The partnership between the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, CSIO, Athletics Ontario and Athletics Canada has been a critical relationship in developing our Ontario athletes to Olympic level thanks to the OHPSI/NextGen Program. This program which began in 2010 as the OHPSI Program,  has supported a large percentage of the Ontario Olympic Team members through essential initiatives such as enhancing athlete/coach daily training environments through increased opportunities to attend warm weather training camps, mentorship with the high performance program, increased opportunities for much needed international competition and integrated support.Not only has this relationship focused on the development of individual athletes, it also allowed the development and support of coaches, which is essential to an athlete’s success. Coach professional development and mentoring initiatives have been created along with the ability to hire full-time coaching positions within Ontario which has seen huge success on the international scene and evidently the 2016 Rio Olympic Team.”

Carla Nicholls
Lead of High Performance Development


“Athletics Ontario is excited to collaborate and partner with Athletics Canada, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, Own the Podium and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport in developing our Olympic Team through the OHPSI and NextGen Programs. The Canadian Sport Institute Ontario is a recognized world leader in high performance sport, resulting in more Canadian athletes on the international podium. Through this partnership, we are able to highlight and support a number of high performance athletes and coaches representing Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics. With the continued support of our high performance partners and the Integrated Support Team (IST), we are building a stronger high performance sport system and developmental pathway in Ontario.”

Katie Ozolins
Executive Director, Athletics Ontario


“Congratulations to all the Rio bound athletes. There is massive depth to the Athletics Canada 2016 Olympic Team and CSIO is very proud of the partnership with this sport. The success of Athletics at the last year’s Pan Am Games and the 2015 World Championships has continued with a Rio squad that is rich in talent and ready to compete with the worlds best on the ultimate stage. These are very exciting times for Track and Field in Ontario and in Canada. All the best in Rio!”

Tommy Wharton
Director, High Performance Sport, CSIO


CSIO wishes to congratulate all of the athletes named to Team Canada for the 2016 Olympic Games. We are very proud of our partnership with Athletics Canada; Athletics Ontario; the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport; Sport Canada; and Own the Podium, and the successes we have had and continue to have in athletics. We look forward to cheering on all of the athletes at the Games!”

Debbie Low
Chief Executive Officer, CSIO


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.


Media Contact:
Laura Albright, Senior Communications Coordinator
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
Tel: 416.596.1240 Ext. 238
Email: [email protected]

Photos from the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario