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May 26, 2014 (ISN) – Victoria, BC – 31 athletes, between the ages of 15-22, tested their capacity for
sport performance at its highest level as part of the Canadian Sport Institute
Pacific’s third annual PODIUM SEARCHTM on Sunday, May 25.

PODIUM SEARCHTM is a FREE half-day athlete identification camp designed to test
athletes’ capacity for sport performance at its highest level. Each athlete
completed a set of basic physiological tests plus sport-specific tests conducted by
world-class sport performance experts in order to observe how they measure up to
National Team standards.

In addition to the testing events, athletes heard an inspirational address from
keynote speaker Christine Girard, 2012 Olympic bronze medallist in weightlifting.

“2014 is our third year of hosting these athlete identification events, and over the
past two years we have tested 160 athletes against National / Provincial sport
organization protocols and identified 13 athletes who have what it takes” said Kurt
Innes, Director of Talent Development with the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific,
Olympic track cyclist (1992), and Olympic cycling coach (2000, 2004). In 2013,
three athletes identified at PODIUM SEARCHTM transitioned full-time into Canadian
Sport Institute Talent Development Programs (TDPs), two in cycling, and one in
para-rowing.

Innes explained, “becoming an Olympic or Paralympic champion is a long journey and
test of character. PODIUM SEARCHTM is the first step for these athletes to better
understand what the high performance pathway looks like and the steps involved to
potentially achieve podium performances.”

Athletes who participated in PODIUM SEARCHTM will be evaluated for possible
selection for Canadian Sport Institute Pacific’s Sport Programs based on their test
scores during the camp. They may also be invited to join the Canadian Sport School.

The next PODIUM SEARCHTM takes place on May 31 at 8:00 am at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

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