For Immediate Release
TORONTO (November 2, 2017) - Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) and Cycling Canada are pleased to announce the hiring of Steve Di Ciacca as Lead, Performance Services Cycling. Steve will work out of CSIO’s satellite facility and Cycling Canada’s daily training environment at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, ON.
Steve holds a Bachelors of Science and thesis based Masters in Physiotherapy from Western University. He has also completed his Advanced Diploma in Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT), obtained his Sports Diploma with Sport Physiotherapy Canada, and is certified in Integrated Dry Needling (2015). Steve brings over 14 years of experience working as an Integrated Support Team (IST) Lead, Lead Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach with Rowing Canada and is currently a lecturer in the Department of Physical Therapy at Western University, instructing in musculoskeletal assessment and treatment, as well as sports physiotherapy.
In his role, Steve will be working with Cycling Canada and their coaching staff to lead and manage the IST of expert practitioners and the delivery of world-class sport science and sport medicine services to National Team athletes. Steve will also work with Cycling Canada to build and maintain yearly athlete training plans to further support athlete success on the world stage. He will also work with Cycling Canada’s Research and Innovation Manager on projects further enhance training programs and the delivery of services and support that athletes receive.
Andrea Wooles, the new Research and Innovation Manager for Cycling Canada that Steve will be working with is also his predecessor, having previously held the role of Sport Science and Sport Medicine Manager with Cycling Canada for the past 8 years. In her role, working out of Vancouver, Andrea’s main task will be to manage the collaboration with Cycling Canada’s performance partners who excel in the area of research and innovation. CSIO congratulates Andrea on her new position and looks forward to working with her on research and innovation projects to further advance Cycling Canada’s program and service delivery and overall athlete success.
“We are excited to welcome Steve to the CSIO team in partnership with Cycling Canada. Steve brings years of expertise to this role including his experience leading an integrated support team. His excellent team building, relationship management and leadership skills will lead to his success in this role and make him a great addition to the team. I would also like to thank Andrea for all her support and excellent work as the previous Sport Science and Sport Medicine Manager in passing the baton to Steve. We look forward to seeing the continued growth of the National Cycling Program and are pleased to be able to provide world-class services and support to the athletes and coaches as they strive to reach the podium.”
Director, Performance Services
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
“Cycling Canada is thrilled to have Steve come on board to manage the large portfolio that is sport science and Medicine at Cycling Canada. Working more in the Milton centralized training environment, continuing on from the great work Andrea [Wooles] has done, we are confident that Steve will continue to strengthen our integrated support system in para-cycling, track, mountain bike, road and BMX, as we start putting more and more emphasis on optimized preparation leading into Tokyo.”
Chief Technical Officer – Head Coach
Steve Di Ciacca, MSc(PT), BSc(PT), BHKin, FCAMPT, Dip Sport, IDN
Lead, Performance Services Cycling
Steve graduated from Western University with both a Bachelors of Science (2000) and thesis based Masters in Physiotherapy (2004). He completed his Advanced Diploma in Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT) in 2010 and obtained his Sports Diploma with Sport Physiotherapy Canada in 2012. Steve is also certified in Integrated Dry Needling (2015).
Steve is currently the Lead, Performance Services Cycling based out of the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, ON. Prior to that, he was the Lead Therapist and East IST Lead for Rowing Canada (RCA). He was also part of the traveling team, attending numerous world championships, the 2015 Pan Am Games and 2016 Olympics. Steve spent almost 14 years with RCA acting as a strength coach and lead therapist where he saw teams win numerous World Championship medals and 8 Olympic medals. Steve has a strong passion and background in competitive sport, from athlete to coach to integrated support team member.
Steve is currently a lecturer in the Department of Physical Therapy at Western University where he instructs in musculoskeletal assessment and treatment, as well as sports physiotherapy.
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 facility 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
About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country. Cycling Canada programs are made possible through the support of its valued corporate partners – Global Relay, Lexus Canada, Mattamy Homes, Louis Garneau and Bear Mountain Resort – along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.