About Us

We are a team of sport science and sport medicine experts with decades of experience working with Canadian Olympians and Paralympians

Who are we

Meet our team

Meet the team you’ll be working with, and who are part of the team behind many of Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic medals:

Pat Cormier
Strength & Conditioning

Pat is currently pursuing a PhD in Sports Science and working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Canadian Sports Institute Pacific and the University of Victoria. He primarily works with soccer, rugby 15s and 7s, and field hockey university programs. He also holds an undergraduate degree from the University of New Brunswick and a Master’s Degree in High-Performance Sport: Strength and Conditioning from UCAM in Spain where he researched team-sport strength/power training methodologies and now, as part of his doctoral studies, works closely with Canada Soccer researching speed and acceleration profiling in elite soccer. Patrick has a diverse skill set and a variety of experiences from coaching youth to elite-level athletes in Finland, Spain, Wales, and Canada. Patrick is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and trained in Olympic Weightlifting, and coaching (soccer). Patrick has continued to collaborate globally in research to innovate and support best-practice in his coaching and is active in the community working with team-sport athletes. 

Seth Lenetsky
Strength & Conditioning

Seth is a Strength and Conditioning coach that has worked with sports around the globe over his 15-year career. Internationally, Seth has worked with Taekwondo and Boxing national programs, professional athletes, and teams from the NFL, NBA, MLB, Super Rugby, America’s Cup Sailing, and UFC. Within the Canadian sport system Seth has worked primarily with athletes from Rowing, Triathlon, and Diving. 

With a PhD in Strength and Conditioning and Sports Biomechanics from the Auckland University of Technology, he has supplemented his academic education with certifications in Strength and Conditioning (CSCS), Olympic Weight Lifting (Level 1), and coaching (Boxing and the Aboriginal Coaching Module). 

Andy Hung
Sport Physiology

Andy has been a sport physiologist with the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific since 2022. As an advocate for lifelong health and activity, he’s dedicated to helping clients learn more about their physiology to help achieve their health and performance goals. He holds a Master of Science in Kinesiology, with a focus on environmental exercise physiology, from the University of British Columbia. His primary sport and research areas of interests are in the physiological determinants of endurance exercise performance, clinical exercise physiology in individuals with chronic disease (i.e., asthma, hypertension), and the impact of air pollution during exercise. Outside of work, he can be found lifting weights, playing basketball, or on the mountains snowboarding. 

Laura Isherwood
Sport Physiology

Laura joined the CSI Pacific team in 2023 as a Sport Physiologist. Originally from Staffordshire in the UK, Laura completed her BSc and MSc in Sports Physiology at the University of Chester. She then moved to New Zealand and worked as an Anti-Doping Program Manager for Drug Free Sport NZ. Laura moved to Canada in 2020 and became the National Team Coordinator for Rowing Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic teams. Laura finally made it back to Physiology in 2023 and is now based in the Victoria Lab. Outside of work, Laura enjoys playing Soccer, Gaelic Football and Tennis. 

Tiffany Rusch 
Sport nutrition

While completing her first undergraduate degree in medical science at Brock University, Tiffany took several nutrition related elective courses which piqued her interest in the subject. At the same time, she was competing on the varsity lightweight rowing team where she witnessed firsthand the effects a good nutrition strategy (or lack thereof) could have on performance as well as physical and mental health. This is where her passion for sport nutrition was born. After graduation she pursued further nutrition education through Brescia University College (University of Western Ontario), a masters degree in applied nutrition through the University of Guelph, and the IOC diploma in sport nutrition. After graduation Tiffany returned to Brock University to work as a dietitian and coach with the same rowing team that sparked her passion in nutrition. Tiffany moved to Victoria in 2020 and currently works as a performance dietitian with the Canadian women’s rugby sevens team, cycling Canada, and NextGen rowing, but has worked with a wide variety of athletes through previous private practice experience. In her spare time Tiffany continues to row with the local club team, among other outdoor activities including running, cycling, climbing, paddleboarding, surfing, and backpacking.

Stephen Gurr

Sport nutrition

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Stephen began his career as a Sports Dietitian at the Australian Institute of Sport, where he worked with the Men’s and Women’s basketball programs, as well as the Tennis and Australian Men’s Rugby 7’s programs. He then spent 9 years working at the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence in Doha, Qatar, where he worked with junior and senior elite track and field athletes, a number of youth soccer teams, including the under-19 national team that won the 2104 Asian Cup, along with athletes involved in the squash and table tennis programs. Before coming to work at CSIP at the start of 2024, Stephen worked as a Private Practice Dietitian in St John’s, where he provided nutrition services to recreational and elite athletes across a range of sports.

Stephen is Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia. He has a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) from Queensland University of Technology and a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He also completed the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition in 2010.

Over the years, Stephen has competed in a wide range of sports, including Australian Rules Football, rowing, triathlon and most recently marathon and ultra-distance trail running. In his free time, you will find Stephen on his gravel bike, sampling espressos at his local café, or exploring all the beautiful hiking trails Victoria has to offer.

Geoff Hackett 
Mental Performance

Geoff is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant® with CSI-P. Within the area of applied sport psychology, he works with PSO and NSO level athletes and coaches to cope with the pressures of high-performance sport and embrace potential in the field of play. He also holds High Performance Certification with Sport Scientist Canada, and is a Professional Member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association. 

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (CSI Pacific)

The team behind the team for Canada’s TOP Athletes

PERFORMANCE NATION is a program created by the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (CSI Pacific). The Canadian Sport Institute Pacific provides world-leading Olympic and Paralympic daily training environments to elite athletes and coaches in British Columbia. With the support of our partners, our team of experts deliver sport science and medicine, coaching and life services to Power Podium Performances and help Canada win more medals.

All PERFORMANCE NATION staff are CSI Pacific staff and are part of the team working with Canada’s elite athletes. People accessing PERFORMANCE NATION services will be utilizing that same expertise and the same world-class staff behind so much of Canada’s international success.


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CLIENTS & Partners

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