Find all the latest news and resources regarding Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and COVID-19 below

CEO Return To Sport Update: August 24, 2020

Message from CSI Pacific CEO – Wendy Pattenden

Updates regarding sanitization and Protocol for Symptoms of Possible COVID-19 Infection
Based on new information regarding COVID-19 transmission, changes have been made in our Physiology and Strength & Conditioning disciplines with regards to our sanitization routines. These changes are reflected on our most recent Return to Sport plan. As well, we have enhanced our protocol when someone is found to have symptoms of a possible COVID-19 infection. These changes are noted in Appendix 9B of the plan.

CEO Return To Sport Update: July 10, 2020

Message from CSI Pacific CEO – Wendy Pattenden

Masks now required when indoors at all CSI Pacific campuses
Following the lead of Dr. Bonnie Henry, who urges that people wear masks whenever at a public indoor space, CSI Pacific is changing our safety measures and require that all staff and visitors wear a mask whenever indoors at any of our facilities. Exemptions are made for athletes when exerting themselves, but they should also wear masks at all other times they are indoors with us.

CEO Return To Sport Update: June 29, 2020

Message from CSI Pacific CEO – Wendy Pattenden

As the Province of British Columbia has now moved into Phase 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, CSI Pacific has also now eliminated the 14-day quarantine for inter-provincial travelers returning to our campuses.

We are also extending training slots in the high performance gym from 60 to 90 minutes (when available) in order to allow for proper traffic flow of people, so as to maintain social distancing, and to ensure there is sufficient time to clean the equipment to the necessary standards.

We have added a new appendix, 9B: Protocol for Symptoms of Possible COVID 19 Infection, that includes a flow chart to clearly direct staff on what to do when they have any symptoms.

A complete list of amendments can be found at the end of the final page of the Return To Sport Plan.

CSI Pacific Return To Sport: June 15, 2020

CSI Pacific will return to sport Monday, June 15. Please view the following important information.

Message from CSI Pacific CEO – Wendy Pattenden

Our facility reopening will be a careful, step-by-step process to ensure all of our combined efforts and sacrifices in BC are not squandered. We recognize we are operating in a very dynamic environment. We will be reviewing and monitoring our plans regularly as BC moves into the next phase of the RESTART PLAN.

After much discussion with our CMO and other medical experts, CSI Pacific have intentionally decided to take a very cautious approach to our facility re-opening. Currently in our Return to Sport Plan, we have chosen to expand the 14 day quarantine to include out of province travel in addition to international travel. A state of emergency remains in place in the province of BC and our provincial health officer continues to advise people to stay close to home and avoid any travel between communities that is not essential. “British Columbians are encouraged to stay in their own communities and avoid non-essential travel at this time. As the province moves into phase 2 and phase 3 of B.C.’s Restart Plan, more guidance on travel within the province will be provided. This includes trips to smaller communities, cabins and campgrounds.”

We acknowledge that the health of our affiliated athletes is paramount to performance and also closely linked to the health of our communities and staff. We feel that if British Columbians are being asked to NOT travel and stay within our communities, it would seem reasonable that we ask others from outside BC to respect this guideline and do the same. For example, the Resort Municipality of Whistler has a very clear message on their website requesting those not from Whistler to stay home.

This guideline applies only to athletes and NSO staff that wish to use our training facilities and work with our CSI Pacific staff. We will make swift adjustments to our plan, as the situation evolves.

CSI Pacific Return To Sport Plan

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific will re-open its facilities on June 15, 2020 and moved to our next stage on June 29 to follow with the Provincial Government entering Phase 3 of BC’s Restart Plan. Please view our Return To Sport Plan to find out more about how we will operate in this next stage

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You may find the following seminars and documents useful during this time:


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For CSI Pacific-registered National Team athletes, if you have questions related to health, injury diagnosis and/or injury rehab, you can reach out to our CSI Pacific Health Sciences Team. Please see the list of CSI Pacific medical and para-medical providers below, and how they may be able to help you during this time.

If you would like to talk with any of these people below, please contact Amanda Thornborough at with details about which practitioner you would like to contact and for what reason and Amanda will provide you with next steps.

Paddy McCuskey

Paddy McCuskey, CMO of CSI Pacific, is a physician in the discipline of Sport and Exercise Medicine and is available for consultation remotely, including via secure video telehealth and telephone, to discuss any medical questions you may have. This may include questions related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, personal health issues and/or musculoskeletal problems that may be interfering with your ability to train in isolation.

Sue Lott

Sue Lott is a registered physiotherapist in BC working with Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and Rowing Canada along with a private practice operated out of the Vikes Sports Injury Clinic at the University of Victoria.  She has a wealth of experience working with a number of sports and parasports including triathlon, rugby, diving, cycling, mountain biking and athletics to name just a few.  During this COVID 19, situation and the need for social distancing, Sue will be available to provide telerehabilitation and virtual services including the following:

  • Monitoring of current management of injuries
  • Injury assessment and recommendations for management of injury including self care options, education and exercise advice
  • Movement assessment and exercise prescription.  This may include retraining exercises, mobility and/or core stability work.

These services can be completed through phone conversation or video conferencing.

Sandeep Nandhra

Sandeep Nandhra is a certified Athletic Therapist and Strength Coach working out of the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific.   Sandeep has worked with a number of sports within the CSI family including: Rugby, Diving, Para-Triathlon and Track & Field.  During the COVID-19 shutdown Sandeep will be available online/phone for:

  • movement screening
  • remote programming
  • discussions around strength periodization
  • return to sport consultation
  • injury assessment

Didié Hamel-Jolette

Didié Hamel-Jolette is an certified Athletic Therapist and Strength & Conditioning coach working with CSIP and the High Performance Center of swimming in Victoria. During this period of confinement due to COVID-19, Didié will offer additional services to help support targeted athletes, such as:

  • Online athletic therapy consultation
  • Online movement assessment
  • Online rehabilitation exercise prescription
  • Online strength & conditioning recommendations and programming

“Looking forward to help you stay healthy and fit!”