For Immediate Release
TORONTO (August 23, 2021) – Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) would like to congratulate all of the athletes and coaches named to Team Canada for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. CSIO would also like to congratulate the 43 Ontario athletes and guides, the numerous Ontario coaches and the countless support staff representing Canada in Tokyo. Ontario hometown athletes comprise 34% of the total Canadian Paralympic Team, the largest contribution from any province or territory.
Among the Canadian athletes competing at the Games, 53 members of the Team have received support from CSIO during their athletic career on their high performance development pathway. CSIO works with Paralympic athletes and their coaches to optimize their performance and enhance their ability to succeed on the international stage. This includes the delivery of best-in-class sport science services such as strength and conditioning, sport nutrition, mental performance, biomechanics and performance analysis, physiology, sport medicine and athletic therapy, and access to world-leading training facilities.
CSIO would also like to congratulate the 29 athletes on Team Canada who have been a part of CSIO’s Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI) program. OHPSI is a program designed by CSIO and funded by the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, to provide sport science and sport medicine services to provincial athletes who are best capable of achieving future international success on senior national teams in targeted winter and summer sports. The OHPSI investment also contributes to funding support for athlete participation in competition and training, coach / technical leadership support and professional development, and enhancing a sports’ daily training environments.
“CSIO wishes all of the athletes, guides, coaches, and support staff participating in the 2020 Paralympic Games the best of luck as they take on the world in Tokyo. We are extremely proud of all the Ontario athletes, the largest contingent on the team, showing once again the power of a strong provincial high performance sport system, even in the face of unprecedented times. The athletes, along with their coaches and support teams have proven adaptable and resilient time and time again. We know you will represent Canada with pride and we can’t wait to cheer you on – Go Canada Go!”
CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
BY THE NUMBERS:
128 – Team Canada Athletes
43 – Ontario Athletes
53 – CSIO Affiliated Athletes
29 – OHPSI Athletes (Current or Former)
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, coaches, and National and Provincial Sport Organizations to enhance their ability to achieve international podium performances. Our team of expert practitioners deliver sport science, sport medicine, life services, and coaching and technical leadership support to help Canada win medals and strengthen the sport system in Ontario and Canada. CSIO is part of 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 funding partners such as the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Sport Canada, Own the Podium, and the Coaching Association of Canada. www.csiontario.ca