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Can science help athletes win gold?

April 30, 2015

Toronto, ON – University of Toronto sports science professors believe research and technology play a vital role in helping athletes and para-athletes improve their performance. Olympic gold medalist Rosie MacLennan has been working with these experts leading up to the Pan Am Games.

On May 12 the new Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport will open its doors to share with the public the intersections between sport, research and technology. MacLennan and athletes from wheelchair basketball Ontario will give live demos of their sports while professors will explain, in real time, how the latest research and technology relates to their performances.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit


What: From Good to Gold—Sports science and technology symposium

Where: Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport | 100 Devonshire Place | Toronto

When: Tuesday, May 12 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Participants include:

Olympic gold medal-winning trampoline gymnast ROSIE MACLENNAN


Dr. TYSON BEACH, who will demonstrate how biomechanical tools and techniques are used to monitor physical capabilities of trampolinists.

Dr. KATHERINE TAMMINEN, who will explore how teammate interactions and the psychological/emotional well-being of athletes impact sport performance.

Dr. GREG WELLS, who will demonstrate new mobile physiological measurement systems and how they can be used to improve training and performance.

Dr. TIM WELSH, who will provide insight into how athletes plan and control movement, and how video and motion analysis technology enhances performance.

TOM HARRINGTON, co-host of CBC’s Marketplace, and renowned CBC sports broadcaster, who will MC the event.

For more information, please contact:

Valerie Iancovich | Communications Specialist | University of Toronto | 416-946-3713