VICTORIA, BC, July 22, 2021 /CNW/ - After a year of delay due to the COVID pandemic, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are finally set to start this week and this year's version of Team Canada will have the highest percentage of B.C. affiliated athletes in the Canadian Olympic Committee's history.
Team Canada features 370 athletes heading to Tokyo for the Olympics. Of those, an impressive 192 of them (52%) have a connection to British Columbia. 131 of the athletes have B.C. as their home province or residence and 182 (49%) have benefited from sport science services provided by Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (CSI Pacific) or are a member of the PacificSport Regional Alliance here in B.C.
B.C. affiliated athletes competing in these Games name 36 unique hometowns and residences in B.C. as their own, illustrating how Canada's Olympians come from throughout the province. The widespread range of B.C.'s athletes is a direct result of the province's commitment to make community sport accessible to all British Columbians. Athletes who pursue the performance pathway can access programs and services provided by CSI Pacific and viaSport's Regional Alliance partners in their regions.
This support continues to produce impressive results: At the Rio 2016 Olympics, 50% of Canada's 22 medals were won by B.C. affiliated athletes. In PyeongChang, 28% of the athletes had a B.C. connection and won 38% of Canada's medals.
There are many reasons for B.C.'s prominent position on the national sport landscape:
The Government of British Columbia's annual investment in sport
viaSport's lead role in promoting and developing amateur sport through provincial sport organizations and regional delivery partners
Canadian Sport Institute Pacific's technical leadership and support of Canada's high-performance athletes and coaches. With their world-class training facilities, equipment and innovations, CSI Pacific helps Canada's elite athletes and coaches maximize their potential
National and Provincial Sport Organizations, who provide expertise, service and support to B.C. athletes and coaches competing in 24 different Olympic Summer sports and over 70 different disciplines
Introduction to multi-sport games experience and the sport excellence system by BC Games Society
CSI Pacific will be keeping you up to date on the progress of all athletes with a B.C. connection competing at Tokyo 2020. Visit www.csipacific.ca or http://www.bcmedals.ca for daily results and more from these athletes, including their hometowns, social media channels and competition schedules.
頑張れ カナダ ("Go Canada!")
About Canadian Sport Institute Pacific
Offering world-class Olympic and Paralympic training environments in Victoria, Whistler and Vancouver, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific is committed to Powering Performance. Inspiring Excellence. Working with national sport organizations and fuelled 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. Perform.
Our team of sport science, sport medicine, coaching & life services experts provide leading-edge programs and services to athletes and coaches to ensure they have every advantage to win medals for Canada. Learn more: www.csipacific.ca.
SOURCE Canadian Sport Institute Pacific
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