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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