Rowing Canada Aviron announces Lead Therapist at its National Training Centre in London

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Jackie Skender

March 18, 2013, (ISN) – Rowing Canada Aviron is pleased to welcome Steve Di Ciacca to the full-time position of Lead Therapist at its London (Ontario) Training Centre.

Di Ciacca is a physiotherapist with more than 12 years experience and has been working with the women’s National Team program on a contract basis since 2004. He previously practiced at the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic in London, Ontario, and is also a lecturer at Western University’s School of Physiotherapy.

“We are pleased to have Steve expand his role with Rowing Canada, as he has proven to be a key member of our integrated support team in London and at various regattas around the world,” said Peter Cookson, Rowing Canada Aviron High Performance Director. “Our goal is to give all our athletes world-class services and a professional environment to reach the top of the Pan Am, World and Olympic podiums.”

Di Ciacca holds a Masters in Physical Therapy from Western University, a diploma of Sports Medicine (SPC) and is a fellow of the Canadian Association of Manipulative Physiotherapy. He has also worked with other sports at an international level including figure skating, lacrosse, basketball and rugby. He is a consultant with Rowing Canada partner, CSI Ontario.

As of this year, the National Training Centre in London is also home to rowing’s lightweight men’s program, as well as the lightweight women’s and heavyweight women’s programs.

The National Training Centre in Victoria – home of the men’s heavyweight program -continues to be led, on the healthcare side, by Heather Griffiths. Overall leadership of the high-performance medical program is provided by Dr. Mike Wilkinson.

Rowing Canada Aviron thanks its partners, including Own the Podium, Sport Canada and CSI Ontario for the support of its IST program.