In the late 1980s, in response to decreasing resources for high performance sport and declining international results, Canadian sport leaders called for the creation of a network of multi-sport centres in Canada. A concerted effort was made to establish these centres, modeled after successful European sport institutes. The first Canadian Sport Centre was established in Calgary in April 1994 as a three-year pilot project.
Calgary was selected because of the willingness and capacity of six local and national partners to commit resources for the duration of the pilot project. The Canadian Sport Centre Calgary was founded on the legacies of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games; Calgary had the facilities, people, critical mass of high-performance athletes and coaches, environment of sport excellence, and strong volunteer infrastructure required. By 2001, a network of seven Canadian Sport Centres existed, with additional Centres in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
In July 2013, Sport Canada and Own the Podium awarded the Centre the designation of "Institute" and the organization legally changed its name to Canadian Sport Institute. Calgary is one of four named sport institutes in Canada, alongside Quebec, Ontario and Pacific. All three locations met specific criteria set by Sport Canada in order to be granted the designation – highlighted by a critical mass of podium level athletes, coaches and training groups in dedicated high performance facilities that offer all the services and expertise in close proximity.
Powering Podium Performances
The Canadian Sport Institute provides world-leading Olympic and Paralympic training environments to elite athletes and coaches across Alberta. With the support of our partners, our team of experts delivers sport science and medicine, coaching and life services to power podium performances and help Canada win more medals.
The Canadian Sport Institute has built hundreds of champions since inception in 1994. Athletes supported by the Canadian Sport Institute have won a total of 421 medals at the World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games: 143 Gold, 146 Silver and 132 Bronze!