The Canadian Olympic & Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSIN) provides world-leading training environments to elite athletes and coaches across Canada.  The team of experts delivers sport science and medicine, coaching, research and innovation, as well as education services to power podium performances and help Canada win more medals. The Network includes four Canadian Sport Institutes (Pacific, Calgary, Ontario and Quebec) and three Canadian Sport Centres (Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Atlantic).  

During Connection 2021, you will be hearing from female leaders in various Sport Science disciplines from three of the above-mentioned institutes - find out more about them in their bios below! 

If you would like more information on the three institutes that they are affiliated with, please visit the following websites:  

 

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Clare Fewster  

Clare Fewster has been working as a Mental Performance Consultant and Life counsellor for 20 years in Calgary. Over the many years in the profession, Clare has supported athletes from a wide variety of sports and levels in their journey towards striving for sport performance excellence. (young provincial athletes to national team athletes).   

Clare strongly believes that by developing self awareness, understanding the importance of emotion, learning new cognitive strategies, and new ways to interpret and understand the surroundings, an individual can positively change how he or she perceives, approaches, and handles the environment, interactions with others, and performance. Clare works at building a strong relationship with the athletes to provide a safe, yet challenging environment for them to develop their skills.   

Clare loves road riding.  With two boys, aged 14 and 16, she finds herself enjoying and supporting her own children’s sporting endeavours of school sports, soccer, hockey, basketball and lacrosse. She understands the challenges that children and families face as they navigate through the pandemic with sport, school, technology, and social life and increasing mental health concerns. Being outdoors doesn’t come as easily in the busy city life, but she tries to fit it into their lives as often as possible. 

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Tricia Hayton  

Tricia has been a registered physiotherapist since 1997 when she graduated from Queen's University. Since that time, she has been building a specialty in orthopedic and sports physiotherapy.  In 2014, she achieved her Diploma of Sports Physiotherapy. This is the highest post-graduate certification for Canadian therapists working with athletes. Tricia has drawn experience from working with Skate Canada, the Canadian Summer Games and local hockey, soccer and lacrosse teams. 

In 2015, she worked as a Medical venue Manager for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Her role in games planning committees continued with the 2017 Invictus Games and now, the 2022 Niagara Canada Games.  

She has proudly travelled with a variety of National Teams including Cycling Canada, Field Hockey Canada, and Canoe/Kayak Canada.  Tricia is also a clinic owner and has three teenage boys.   In her spare time, Tricia’s favourite hobbies include cycling and baking. 

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Tessa Gallinger  

Tessa completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She also holds a Master of Science from the University of Calgary where she examined changes in muscle architecture in athletes with cerebral palsy following high velocity training. Currently, Tessa works as a senior Strength & Conditioning consultant and Adaptive Strength specialist for the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary, working with many of their Paralympic sport athletes.  Her primary position includes the national IST lead for Para Hockey Canada, and lead strength coach for the National and NextGen para swimming programs at Swimming Canada. 

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Alexia de Macar 

A nutritionist since 2005, Alexia has worked in several high-level sports and artistic environments for over a decade. Alexia holds a Ph.D. in sports nutrition from the Université de Montréal and has a strong interest in science and research. In addition to collaborating with INS Québec for many years, Alexia has also worked with Cirque du Soleil artists since 2006, with whom she was responsible for developing the eating disorder intervention protocol. She thus has leading-edge expertise with elite athletes with eating disorders. Alexia is also an experienced and dynamic speaker, regularly requested for sports and scientific events. Alexia advocates a personalized approach, where the athlete is an integral part of the process and for which an interdisciplinary effort is essential. 

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Jessica Kryski  

Jess grew up in Rossland BC, competed in swimming, field hockey and basketball and also enjoyed spending time snowboarding, hiking, camping and enjoying the outdoors.  She coached the Trail Stingrays Summer Swim Club while obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Master of Kinesiology degree at the University of Calgary.  After completing her Post Secondary Schooling in 2007 Jess began working with the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary as a Sport Physiologist supporting the National Biathlon Team and eventually also the National Cross-Country Ski and Para-Nordic Ski Teams.  Jess followed her heart home to BC 3 years ago and now resides in Revelstoke with her 12.5-year-old Beagle Linden. 

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Claire Moscone Biafore  

Claire is a Toronto based therapist who is also a Certified Athletic Therapist, Registered Kinesiologist, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner with a Master’s in Science.  She is currently completing her Registered Massage therapy designation as well as acupuncture certificate.  Claire is a CAST member with the CSIO, Head Therapist of the Toronto team of the PWHPA, has her own private practice and is a partial load professor at Sheridan College. She currently works with many elite athletes including MMA, Volleyball, Olympic lifting, hockey, and wrestling.  

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Onika Green  

Onika has her Master’s in Applied Sports Psychology and is a Professional Member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association. Onika is the owner of The Hidden Hundred, a mental performance consultancy that helps athletes perform more consistently at their personal best. Specifically, The Hidden Hundred facilitates the training and development of mental skills like resilience, confidence, and mindfulness, to name a few. In addition to her private practice, Onika works with National teams at Gymnastics Canada, Canada Basketball, and the Canadian Soccer Association. She is a Professor of Sport Psychology at Humber College and does contract work for the Canadian Sports Institute Ontario. 

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Kelly Anne Erdman  

Kelly Anne has been a Performance Dietitian with the CSI Calgary for many years. Beijing 2022 will be her seventh Olympics to work with the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team. She is currently working with the following national teams: Men’s Para-Hockey, Para-Cycling, Women’s Hockey, Long Track Speed Skating and Luge. 

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Alix Renaud-Roy 

A former judo national team athlete, Alix joined the Institut national du sport du Québec team as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in January 2019. She holds a Master’s degree in Kinesiology, strength and conditioning profile and coaches individual sport athletes at national and international levels.  

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Jenny Davey  [Panel Moderator] 

Jenny has been involved in Para sport since her first high school volunteer opportunity working with a local Para swimming program and has been active in a variety of sport roles ever since.  Originally from Montreal, she spent the first eight years of her career as a Para sailing program manager and coach in the summer and as a high school English and Physical Education teacher during the school year. Her passion for coaching and Para sport brought her to Ottawa in 2012 where she completed a Master’s degree focused on understanding the learning needs of new Para sport coaches. For the past six years, she has worked on the Paralympic Pathways team at the Canadian Paralympic Committee, where she collaborates with variety of national, provincial, and regional sport partners to support research, funding, athlete identification, classification, and athlete & coach development initiatives. She is grateful for the many Para athletes and coaches who have helped her learn and grow over the years and is excited to keep learning at Connection 2021.  

Jenny can be reached at innovation@paralympic.ca.

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This session is brought to you by Sport Canada and the Canadian Institute Network.