Skip to main content

79% OF ALL CANADIAN MEDALS AT TOKYO OLYMPICS SUPPORTED BY TPASC & CSIO

79% OF CANADIAN MEDALS AT TOKYO OLYMPICS SUPPORTED BY TPASC/CSIO
Of the 24 medals Canada won in Tokyo, 19 of them have connections to the Centre either through daily training at TPASC or through services provided by CSIO. 
Swimming Canada High Performance Centre Ontario Swimmers
CANADIAN SPORT INSTITUTE ONTARIO (CSIO)  

CSIO delivers sport science, sport medicine, and high performance pathway solutions, support, and education to current and future Olympians and Paralympians. 

In addition to their main location at the Centre, CSIO also has satellite locations at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, On and Athletics Canada Senior National Team at its East Hub training centre, located at the Track and Field Centre at York University. 

Of the 371 Canadian Athletes in Tokyo 146 are affiliated with CSIO. 

371 – Team Canada Athletes
170 – Ontario Athletes
146 – CSIO Affiliated Athletes
65 – OHPSI Athletes (Current or Former)

Complete List of Ontario Athletes & A Complete List of CSIO Affiliated Athletes Representing Canada at the 2020 Olympic Games.

OTHER OLYMPIC CONNECTIONS

Beach Volleyball Bubble


Photo credit: Ryan MacDonald / CSIO and Volleyball Canada

Read about the Centre’s role in a partnership to assist Canada’s top-ranked women’s beach volleyball team of Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan prepare for the Tokyo Olympics; including building a beach volleyball court adjacent to the facility. [Read More]

Canadian Olympic Diving  

In a typical year, the Dive Ontario program based at TPASC focuses on the next generation of high performance divers by utilizing the Centre's Dry Land Dive Training Centre. In an Olympic year, the Dive Pool will see the top Canadian Divers train and compete at the Centre. As was the case in 2016, the 2021 Canadian Olympic Diving Trials were held at the facility. In addition to qualifying Canadian divers for the Olympics, the Dive Pool hosted the Canadian Olympic Diving Team's staging camp to prepare for Tokyo. Jennifer Abel and Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu won silver in the women’s 3m synchronized springboard in Tokyo.

Pierce LePage Discovered at TPASC/RBC Training Ground

Pierce LePage established his athletic abilities during the 2016 RBC Training Ground Regional event held at TPASC where he was named the winner of the combine. Athletics Canada identified him for success in the decathlon and four years later in Tokyo he narrowly missed the podium placing fifth.

PAN AM LEGACY 

Like the name indicates Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) was built for the 2015 Toronto Pan Am and Para-Pan Am Games. The world-class facility was the largest sport new-build for the Games and the largest infrastructure investment in Canadian amateur sport history. Just as important as the games, was the legacy that the owners and stakeholders of the facility left for future generations of high performance athletes. Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre is currently home to 15 National and Provincial Sport Organizations regularly training and competing out of the facility. The Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO), also located at Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, provides world-leading sport science, sport medicine, and performance pathway services to identified high-performance athletes. Of the 24 Canadian medalists in Tokyo, 17 of them are directly connected to the legacy of the 2015 Toronto Pan Am and Para-Pan Am Games. 

INVESTMENT CONTINUES TO PAY OFF AT OLYMPICS 

Two short years after the facility opened in the fall of 2014 the payoff of that investment started with five swimmers based at TPASC winning medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Five years later that payoff has continued. Nineteen of the twenty four medals Canada won in Tokyo (79%) have connections to the Centre either through daily training or through services provided by CSIO. 

Canada Tokyo 2020 Medals Supported by Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre & Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

NAME SPORT MEDAL CSIO SERVICES DAILY TRAINING

Andre De Grasse

Athletics – Men’s 200m Gold x  

Damian Warner

Athletics – Men’s Decathlon Gold x  

Mohammed Ahmed

Athletics – Men’s 5000m Silver x  
Andre De Grasse Athletics – Men’s 100m Bronze x  
Brendon Rodney, Andre De Grasse Athletics – Men’s 4x100m Relay Bronze x  
Katie Vincent Canoe/Kayak Sprint – Women’s C-2 500m Bronze x  
Jessica Klimkait Judo - Women’s 57kg Bronze x x
Lisa Roman, Christine Roper, Susanne Grainger, Kristen Kit Rowing – Women’s Eight Gold x  

Caileigh Filmer, Hillary Janssens

Rowing – Women’s Pair Bronze x  
Allysha Chapman, Kadeisha Buchanan, Quinn, Deanne Rose, Jayde Riviere, Adriana Leon,Nichelle Prince, Jessie Fleming Soccer - Women's Gold x  
Emma Entzminger, Erika Polidori, Janet Leung, Jenn Salling, Jenna Caira, Jenny Gilbert, Joey Lye, Kaleigh Rafter, Kelsey Harshman, Larissa Franklin, Natalie Wideman, Sara Groenewegen, Victoria Hayward Softball Bronze x  
Maggie Mac Neil Swimming - Women’s 100m Butterfly Gold x x
Maggie Mac Neil, Penny Oleksiak, Kayla Sanchez, Rebecca Smith, Taylor Ruck Swimming – Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay Silver x x
Kylie Masse Swimming – Women’s 100m Backstroke Silver x x
Kylie Masse Swimming – Women’s 200m Backstroke Silver x x
Penny Oleksiak Swimming – Women’s 200m Freestyle Bronze x x
Kylie Masse, Sydney Pickrem, Maggie Mac Neil, Penny Oleksiak, Taylor Ruck, Kayla Sanchez Swimming – Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay Bronze x x
Lauriane Genest Track Cycling – Women’s Keirin Bronze x  
Kelsey Mitchell Track Cycling – Women’s Sprint Gold x  

SWIMMING

High Performance Centre OntarioSwimming Canada High Performance Centre - Ontario 

As one of the fastest pools in the world and a hub for aquatic sports (Artistic Swimming, Diving, Swimming, Water Polo) it is no surprise that a lot of Olympic success connected to the Centre comes from the water. Home to Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre - Ontario (HPC-Ontario) coached by Ben Titley, the TPASC Competition Pool has been the training location for Olympic swimmers since 2014 and the onset of the Global Pandemic only expanded the number of elite swimmers training in the pool on a regular basis. 

With the TPASC Competition Pool being one of the first pools to welcome back high performance activities in June 2020, HPC-Ontario returned to regular training and continued with a special provincial exemption up until they traveled west for their final Olympic preparations. Also with COVID lockdowns creating havoc with training schedules throughout the country many of Canada’s most promising Olympic swimmers relocated to the HPC-Ontario in preparation for the Canadian Olympic Trials and beyond. The swimmers also had access to CSIO and it's sport science and sport medicine services through the high performance exemption, making TPASC an ideal location for them to centralize.

In total eight women and three men training with the HPC-Ontario full-time made the Canadian Olympic Team. Titley and Associate Head Coach Ryan Mallette were both selected as members of the Canadian team’s coaching staff. Johnny Fuller, Swimming Canada’s Manager of Paramedical Services, who is also based at TPASC, was part of the Canadian Olympic Swimming Team’s medical staff as an athletic therapist. 

Maggie Mac Neil – Gold Women’s 100m Butterfly

Maggie Mac Neil Olympic Medals
Maggie Mac Neil. Photo courtesy of Swimming Canada 

An athlete that relocated to TPASC full-time was women’s 100m butterfly Olympic gold medalist Maggie Mac Neil. Originally from London, ON, Mac Neil had spent most of the year leading into the Olympics completing her Junior season at the University of Michigan. In 2021 at Michigan she won National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titles in both the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard freestyle en route to being named College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Swimmer of the Year. After her collegiate season, she made the difficult decision to relocate to TPASC, but training with a fast group of swimmers in a fast pool paid off for her resulting in Olympic Gold and setting a new Canadian and Americas record in the process. 

Relay Pod - Silver Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay / Bronze Women's 4x100m Medley Relay

Swimming Canada High Performance Centre Ontario Relay
Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay - Taylor Ruck, Maggie Mac Neil, Rebecca Smith, Kayla Sanchez, Penny Oleksiak. Photo courtesy of Swimming Canada 

Mac Neil’s relocation to TPASC allowed her to train on a full-time basis with the "pod." Swimming Canada established pods at its various high performance centres to focus on specific aspects of their high performance program. HPC-Ontario has been home to the women's relay pod coached by Titley since prior to the Rio Games. The majority of the athletes in the training pod formed the basis for what would become Canada’s silver medal women's 4x100m freestyle and bronze medal women's 4x100m medley relay teams. Also, the women's 4x200m freestyle relay narrowly missed the podium in a blazing fast race with a Canadian record time; all three medalists finished ahead of the previous World record. Relay team members Penny Oleksiak, Taylor Ruck, Kayla Sanchez, and Rebecca Smith have all trained at the Centre with HPC-Ontario for a number of years.

Women's 4x100m Medley Relay - Kylie Masse, Taylor Ruck, Sydney Pickrem, Maggie Mac Neil, Penny Oleksiak, Kayla Sanchez. Photo courtesy of Swimming Canada   

Ruck was born in Kelowna, B.C., and her family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona when she was 10 months old, but she moved back to Toronto for her senior year of high school to train at HPC-Ontario. While still a member of the National program Ruck began her collegiate swimming career with Stanford University winning an NCAA title with the Cardinal in 2019. She redshirted at Stanford for the 2020 and 2021 seasons to return to training at HPC-Ontario on a full-time basis leading into the Olympics. Smith moved from Red Deer to Toronto at age 16 to train at the HPC-Ontario. Sanchez grew up in Scarborough and trained with the Ajax Aquatic Club before transitioning to HPC-Ontario.

Sydney Pickrem and Kylie Masse were the final two relay members in the 4x100m medley. Pickrem, born in Florida to a Halifax family, has primarily trained in the USA, swimming collegiately for Texas A&M University, before relocating to HPC-Ontario on a full-time basis leading into the Olympic Trials.

Penny Oleksiak, Maggie Mac Neil, Kylie Masse with Olympic Medals
Penny Oleksiak, Kylie Masse, Maggie Mac Neil. Photo courtesy of Swimming Canada.

Penny Oleksiak - Most Decorated Canadian Olympian in History

For Oleksiak, the 5 years since she burst onto the Olympic scene have been a bit of a roller coaster ride that saw her take time away from HPC-Ontario, but she returned full-time to the Centre and continued to regain her Olympic form just at the right time. After re-establishing herself as a medal contender at the Canadian Trials she carried that momentum into the Olympic meet by securing the 4x100 free silver; swimming the anchor leg and out touching the Americans in the process. 

Oleksiak continued the momentum of the relay win by swimming to bronze in the Women's 200m freestyle and her final medal of the games came with the bronze in the 4x100m medley relay. Her relay bronze was her seventh career Olympic medal making her the most decorated Canadian Olympian in history.

Kylie Masse - 2 Silver, 1 Bronze

A familiar face around the TPASC Competition Pool, Masse improved on her Rio bronze medal by winning silver in both the women’s 100m and 200m backstroke. Her performance in the 100m also set a new Canadian record. Although not permanently based at the Centre in the past, Masse frequently trained at the Competition Pool with the relay pod and also relocated to HPC-Ontario on a full-time basis leading up to the Olympic Trials.

Additional Canadian Record Performances  

Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay
Photo courtesy of Swimming Canada/Ian MacNicol

Joshua Liendo and Yuri Kisil - Men’s 4×100m Freestyle Relay

The men’s 4×100-m freestyle relay finished fourth and set a Canadian record in Tokyo. It was the best placing for the Canadian men's 4x100m relay at an Olympics. Joshua Liendo and Yuri Kisil from HPC-Ontario were part of that relay that set a Canadian best. Prior to joining HPC-Ontario Liendo swam with TPASC resident club the North York Aquatic Club (NYAC). The relay was led by Brent Hayden who came out of a nine-year retirement to make the Canadian Team. Hayden trained with High Performance Centre - Vancouver (HPC-Vancouver), but spent significant time in the TPASC competition pool as HPC-Vancouver relocated to the Centre in the lead up to Olympic Trials.

Summer McIntosh
Photo courtesy of Swimming Canada/Ian MacNicol

Summer McIntosh – Canadian Record Women's 400m Freestyle 

Like many other swimmers, Summer McIntosh relocated to HPC-O during the pandemic. After bursting onto the scene at the Olympic Trials, the 14-year-old finished fourth in the 400-m freestyle, set two Canadian records and swam three personal bests in Tokyo.

 

JUDO

Jessica Klimkait Olympic Bronze Medal
Photo by Judo Canada/Stéphane Côté

Jessica Klimkait - Bronze in the 57kg

Before capturing Olympic Bronze in the 57kg weight class Jessica Klimkait honed her skills as part of the Judo Ontario Regional Training Centre located at TPASC. The Whitby native would eventually move to the National Training Centre in Montreal and in her Olympic debut became the first-ever Canadian female judoka to win an Olympic medal.