VICTORIA, BC – After wrapping up her first year at the Canadian Sport Institute’s Canadian Sport School in Victoria, para-alpine and cycling athlete Mel Pemble is working towards her goal of qualifying for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

“It is so much better, [Sport School] gives me set time to do school work,” said Pemble when explaining the benefits of joining the Canadian Sport School this year. “For the athletic side of things, it’s given me time to do the gym, so it has pretty much set out my day. I don’t have to think about planning what I am doing and where.”

In April, Pemble was named to the 2016-17 Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Development Team. She was the youngest of the 35 alpine, para-alpine and ski cross athletes to make one of the national teams. The Grade 10 student is a 2015 Canada Winter Games Gold and Silver medalist, Jr. National Para Alpine Champion 2015 (GS) and 2015 Provincial Para Track Champion.

The Canadian Sport School Victoria is looking for the most talented, hardworking and motivated young athletes who are driven to one day represent Canada at national team level in their sport. Applications will be accepted through the spring/summer and will be subject to the regular application process. For more information, visit

The Canadian Sport School Victoria is a program of Canadian Sport Institute Pacific.