For youth in Victoria who want to advance in sport, whether collegiate or national, the Canadian Sport School offers a high-performance culture that provides support, coordination and advocacy between athletes and their teachers and coaches.
The sports school was founded in 2011 by the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and is now operated by the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE). The Sports School provides athletic and academic support for secondary school students that balance their educational and high-performance training needs.
This helps alleviate the pressure felt by our future national team members, Olympians and Paralympic athletes by providing them with the skills and resources they need to continue to develop and grow, both on the field and in the classroom surpass
“The Canadian Sport School offers a tremendous development opportunity for student athletes on their path to high-level sport,” said CSS Manager Stacy Lund. “Many of the athletes in our program go on to receive significant college scholarships, transfer to national teams, and overall become talented future leaders.”
The Canadian Sport School offers a unique opportunity for elite high school athletes to achieve a balance between their athletics, their studies, and their personal lives.
“It’s an honor to be a part of their journey as they constantly push themselves beyond their limits and support each other to be the best version of themselves,” says Lund.
The school welcomes approximately thirty students each year in grades ten to twelve from a variety of Greater Victoria schools and from a variety of sporting backgrounds.
Students spend half a day at their regular high school, where they take their core subjects such as math and science, and half a day at PISE’s physical education school, which in turn is divided into half study and half training, including speed, strength and gymnastics.
Not only do students learn about the social culture of high school, they can also exercise during the day, which frees up more time outside of school.
Students are required to take all courses and can earn academic credit for 6 high school classes including Physical Education and Health Education, Active Living, Vocational Education, Leadership and Connections to Professional Life.
The training portion is conducted in world-class facilities at PISE with highly qualified and trained high-performance coaches, creating an excellent training environment and experience for the student-athletes.
Students experience world-class weekly seminars in physical education, health and leadership with world-renowned experts from the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and the business and sporting community. They share advice and guidance on a range of issues, including nutrition, mental performance, sleep, leadership, and professional and athletic development.
At the end of the program, students prepare a final project to round out their experience after graduating from Canadian Sport School.
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