AthletesCAN announces community partnership with Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

AthletesCAN / CSI Ontario Community Partnership with photo of wheelchair basketball captain Bo Hedges

TORONTO – AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is proud to announce a new community partnership with Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO).

Through this partnership, CSIO-affiliated athletes will have access to AthletesCAN’s resources, educational programs, and services offered to its membership of over 6,000 current and recently-retired Canadian senior national team athletes.

"AthletesCAN is thrilled to be expanding our relationship with Canadian Sport Institute Ontario. CSIO is a valuable training, recovery, and education space for our many Ontario-based national team athletes, and we look forward to deepening our collaboration through this community partnership."

Andrea Proske - AthletesCAN Vice President

Kicking off the partnership, CSIO-affiliated athletes will have the opportunity to register for and attend a pair of Town Halls at CSIO at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC), on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. ET. Each session will educate athletes on how AthletesCAN serves them as their national association (AthletesCAN 101), allow them to share feedback on the current state of the athlete experience within their respective sports, and facilitate networking with their peers. The events are part of a series of National Team Athlete Town Halls taking place this winter in collaboration with the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSIN).

In addition, AthletesCAN will begin piloting open office hours for CSIO-affiliated athletes at CSIO’s TPASC location, so athletes can connect with the organization’s staff and/or Board of Directors directly on site.

“CSIO is excited to welcome AthletesCAN as a community partner. This partnership will allow both of our organizations the opportunity to leverage our strengths and further promote valuable sport system resources, supports, and engagement to athletes.”

Debbie Low - CEO of Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

To inquire about accessing services from AthletesCAN and more information on this Community Partnership, please contact AthletesCAN at [email protected] or the CSIO Athlete Services Team at [email protected]

About Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is a non-profit organization committed to the pursuit of excellence by providing best-in-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 staff 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, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Own the Podium, and the Coaching Association of Canada. CSIO is further supported by funding partners such as the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Sport Canada. www.csiontario.ca.

About AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of over 6,000 current and recently retired Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN membership spans 68 sports across the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan/Parapan American, and Commonwealth Games, and those currently funded by Sport Canada competing at Senior World Championships. AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture, through educational resources, support, training and professional development.  

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For more information, please contact:

Alan Hudes
Manager, Communications & Sport Partnerships
613-526-4025 Ext. 224
[email protected] 

Laura Albright
Senior Advisor, Communications & Marketing
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
[email protected]