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Auburn Sigurdson

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s next generation of Olympic and Paralympic champions are set to descend upon the former Vancouver 2010 Athletes’ Village this Saturday for a day of inspiration, education and networking. With over 75 athletes and 25 coaches participating, the third-annual Canadian Sport Centre Pacific Athlete Advance, sponsored by the Vancouver Parks Board and Vancouver Sport Network, boasts an exceptional roster of presenters, keynote speakers and Olympic and Paralympic Athlete Panellists.

To become the best in the country, or in the world, at any given sport takes extreme work ethic, perseverance and dedication to excellence. Canadian Sport Centre Pacific, and the network of PacificSport Centres throughout BC, work to support provincial and national sport organizations by providing athletes and coaches with services, education and opportunities to enhance their preparation and skills both on and off the field of play.

The Athlete Advance is a one-day conference featuring professional development seminars on sport psychology, recovery & regeneration, performance cooking, relaxation/visualization techniques, athlete branding/marketing and yoga, to name a few. With a keynote address from two-time Olympic medallist Silken Laumann kicking things off, the event includes eight new athlete session topics and for the first time ever, a coaching stream for BC’s provincial and national team coaches. The day wraps up with an athlete panel discussion about succession planning for sport and life featuring Paralympic record-setter Lauren Woolstencroft, and Olympians Jeff Christie and Alexandra Orlando.

Media are invited to attend the Opening Keynote and Athlete Panel for photo, broadcast and interview opportunities. Please review the entire schedule below, as individual interview requests can be arranged for all presenters and panellists.




75+ BC Athletes competing at levels ranging from Team BC to Team Canada

25+ BC-based high performance coaches

14 Presenters


Canadian Sport Centre Pacific Athlete Advance


CSC Pacific Vancouver Campus @ Creekside Community Centre

1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC


Saturday January 7, 2012


Opening Keynote – 9:00am-10:15am

The Courage to Shine:

Finding your inner excellence and shining when it counts

Featuring Silken Laumann, 2-Time Olympic Medallist, Rowing

Athlete Panel – 4:15pm-5:15pm

Succession Planning for High Performance in Sport and Life

Facilitated by Dr. Andy Van Neutegem, featuring:

Lauren Woolstencroft, 3-Time Paralympian, Alpine Skiing

Jeff Christie, 2-Time Olympian, Luge

Alexandra Orlando, 2008 Olympian, Gymnastics


Dr. Kirsten Barnes, 2-Time Olympic Gold Medallist

Mental Performance Consultant, CSC Pacific

Dr. Janet McKeown, MD CCFD Dip. Sports Med., CSC Pacific

Dana Lis, Registered Dietitian, Canadian Sport Centre Pacific

Wendy Epp & Nadine Plotnikoff, Form Physiotherapy

Dr. Andy Van Neutegem, Chair, Sport Education, Camosun College Centre for Sport and Exercise Education

Charmaine Crooks, 5-Time Olympian, Olympic Silver Medallist

Callum Ng, BC Athlete Voice, Executive Director

Trevor Turnbull, T3 CONNECT Sports Marketing

Joe Jackman, Founder & President, remBrand Sports

About Canadian Sport Center Pacific: In partnership with the national network of Canadian Sport Centres and provincial network of PacificSport Centres, Canadian Sport Centre Pacific delivers sport performance programs to help athletes and coaches win medals for Canada. Working in support of our national and provincial sport partners, Canadian Sport Centre Pacific is creating a stronger system for the development of athletes, coaches, integrated support teams and sport performance facilities. For more information, please visit