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Canadian Sport Institute Pacific – Canadian Sport Institute Pacific-affiliated Athletes Big Part of Best-Ever Olympic Results in Rio

CSI Pacific-affiliated athletes contribute to historic milestones at Rio 2016 as Canada matches best-ever medal count in a non-boycotted summer Games with 22 medals.

VICTORIA – With the 2016 Summer Olympics officially coming to a close on Sunday, the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (CSI Pacific) is proud to recognize the successes of Team Canada who brought home a record-tying 22 medals while representing 35 million Canadians in Rio de Janeiro.  The 22 medals tie the highest ever for Canada at a non-boycotted Games.
The Canadian Olympic Team featured 314 athletes, out of which 126 are CSI Pacific-affiliated.  These 126 athletes benefited from services provided by CSI Pacific or a PacificSport Centre in B.C. in past year. Of the 22 medals won by Team Canada, CSI Pacific-affiliated athletes contributed to 11 of these medals, an impressive 50%.

Sixty-one members of Team Canada won a medal in Rio, from the individual winners, such as Catharine Pendrel and Hilary Caldwell, to the teams of Women’s Soccer and Women’s Rugby Sevens. The Canadian Sport Institute Pacific is affiliated with 41 of these athletes – or a fantastic 67% of all of Team Canada’s medallists – having provided them support in the past year. 
“Rio 2016 proved to be a huge success for Canadian athletes and CSI Pacific-supported athletes were a significant part of Canada’s improvement at these Games. These athletes have helped Team Canada surpass expectations, reaching their highest medal total since 1996 in Atlanta,” said CSI Pacific CEO Wendy Pattenden. “CSI Pacific is extremely proud of all the athletes with whom we are fortunate enough to work with in the daily training environment, as well as our team of sport science and sport medicine experts.”
CSI Pacific sent its largest ever contingent of staff to the 2016 Summer Games, with 12 staff members from six different disciplines – including one in the broadcast booth – serving national sport partners at the Games.  This includes Samantha Ebata and Ryan Brodie, who worked as part of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Mission Staff for Performance Analysis. 

Our staff provided the greatest amount of support to the bronze medal-winning Women’s Rugby Sevens team, with four of our staff members working with this team in Rio.
CSI Pacific staff members Dr. Cesar Meylan (Strength & Conditioning) and Rebecca Hall (Nutrition) worked closely with Canada’s Women’s National Soccer Team as they won a bronze medal and became the first Canadian women’s team sport to win back-to-back Summer Olympic medals.

Innovation & Research Lead Dr. Trent Stellingwerff (PhD) and Chief Medical Officer & Health Science Lead Dr. Paddy McCluskey (MD) worked with Athletics Canada over the Olympics, as well, as Athletics Canada won its best medal haul since 1932.  Dr. Stellingwerff has also worked closely with bronze medallist mountain biker Catharine Pendrel in the lead-up to the Rio Games.
“Our mantra at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific is ‘Collaborate. Serve. Innovate.’ It is through these three tenets that we are able to contribute to Canadian athletes’ success in Rio and at major games,” said Pattenden. “We are extremely excited to see even more of Canada’s top athletes compete for gold in September at the Paralympics.”

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific 12 staff working at the Rio 2016 Olympics

(by surname)

Staff Member Discipline Sport
Dr. Kirsten Barnes (PhD) Mental Performance Rugby – Women’s Sevens
Ryan Brodie Performance Analysis Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) Mission Staff
Nick Clarke Physiology Rowing
Samantha Ebata Performance Analysis Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) Mission Staff
Tyler Goodale Strength & Conditioning Rugby – Women’s Sevens
Dr. Paddy McCluskey (MD) Medical Staff (Doctor) Athletics
Dr. Cesar Meylan (PhD) Strength & Conditioning Football (Soccer) – Women’s
Callum Morris Performance Analysis Rugby – Women’s Sevens
Sandeep Nandhra Athletic Therapist Rugby – Women’s Sevens
Graham Olson Performance Analysis Swimming
Dr. Trent Stellingwerff (PhD) Physiology Athletics
Barney Williams Rowing Coach Rowing (CBC Broadcast Analysis)


Canadian Sport Institute Pacific-affiliated Rio 2016’s 41 Olympic Medallists

(by sport, surname)

Athlete Sport Medal
Aaron Brown Athletics – Men’s 4×100 Relay Bronze
Derek Drouin Athletics  – High Jump Gold
Brianne Theisen-Eaton Athletics – Heptathlon Bronze
Damian Warner Athletics – Decathlon Bronze
Laura Brown Cycling, Track – Team Pursuit Bronze
Georgia Simmerling Cycling, Track – Team Pursuit Bronze
Catharine Pendrel Cycling, Mountain Bike – Cross-Country Bronze
Janine Beckie Football (Soccer) – Women’s Bronze
Josée Bélanger Football (Soccer) – Women’s Bronze
Kadeisha Buchanan Football (Soccer) – Women’s Bronze
Allysha Chapman Football (Soccer) – Women’s Bronze
Sabrina D’Angelo Football (Soccer) – Women’s Bronze
Jessie Fleming Football (Soccer) – Women’s Bronze
Stephanie Labbe Football (Soccer) – Women’s Bronze
Ashley Lawrence Football (Soccer) – Women’s Bronze
Diana Matheson Football (Soccer) – Women’s Bronze
Nichelle Prince Football (Soccer) – Women’s Bronze
Rebecca Quinn Football (Soccer) – Women’s Bronze
Deanne Rose Football (Soccer) – Women’s Bronze
Sophie Schmidt Football (Soccer) – Women’s Bronze
Desiree Scott Football (Soccer) – Women’s Bronze
Christine Sinclair Football (Soccer) – Women’s Bronze
Melissa Tancredi Football (Soccer) – Women’s Bronze
Rhian Wilkinson Football (Soccer) – Women’s Bronze
Shelina Zadorsky Football (Soccer) – Women’s Bronze
Diana Matheson Football (Soccer) – Women’s Bronze
Lindsay Jennerich Rowing – Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls Silver
Patricia Obee Rowing – Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls Silver
Brittany Benn Rugby – Women’s Sevens Bronze
Hannah Darling Rugby – Women’s Sevens Bronze
Bianca Farella Rugby – Women’s Sevens Bronze
Jennifer Kish Rugby – Women’s Sevens Bronze
Ghislaine Landry Rugby – Women’s Sevens Bronze
Megan Lukan Rugby – Women’s Sevens Bronze
Kayla Moleschi Rugby – Women’s Sevens Bronze
Karen Paquin Rugby – Women’s Sevens Bronze
Kelly  Russell Rugby – Women’s Sevens Bronze
Ashley Steacy Rugby – Women’s Sevens Bronze
Natasha Watcham-Roy Rugby – Women’s Sevens Bronze
Charity Williams Rugby – Women’s Sevens Bronze
Hilary Caldwell Swimming – 200m Backstroke Bronze
Emily Overholt Swimming – 4x200m Free Relay Bronze


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About CSI Pacific: Powering Performance. Inspiring Excellence.

Offering world-class Olympic and Paralympic training environments in Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria, CSI Pacific ( is committed to Powering Performance. Inspiring Excellence.

Working with national sport organizations and fueled by our national and provincial partners such as Sport Canada, viaSport, Own the Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaches Association of Canada, we are driven by our mantra to Collaborate. Serve. Innovate.

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