Judo Ontario Re-Locating to the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre

Tuesday August 5th, 2014

Judo Ontario will be moving their High Performance  Training Centre to TPASC located in Scarborough just off the 401 on Morningside Avenue on September 7th, 2014 and the Judo Ontario Office by November 1, 2014.
With two Olympic-sized pools, a dive tank, a four-court gymnasium, an indoor running track, a rock-climbing wall, weight training and cardio centre and now our very own Judo Training Centre, the new TPASC complex will offer a vast array of recreational and personal fitness programming.
“The 18 metres by 16 metres training studio will give the High Performance athletes a great space to train, but will also create opportunities for Judo Ontario to host National and International Judo Tournaments and Clinics in the TPASC  Field House  that seats up to 1200.   Not only is this move proving  to be cost neutral,  there are options to generate revenue and will be part of the Legacy of the Pan Am Games”, said Brian Kalsen, President, of Judo Ontario.
“This  opportunity  would  not  have  been  possible  without  Judo  Ontario  recently  becoming  one  of  18  sports identified  as part of the Canadian  Sport Institute  Ontario’s  High Performance  Sport Initiative  and Judo being show cased at the Pan Am Games”, said Aartje Sheffield, VP of Technical for Judo Ontario.
The Canadian Sports Institute Ontario (CSIO) has also relocated and has created a world-class  facility for coaches and athletes with following features:
•   Sport Performance Lab
•   Strength & Conditioning Centre
•   Multi-Directional Training Area
•   30mx3- lane track with biomechanical force plates
•   Recovery & Regeneration Centre
•   Environmental and Altitude Chamber
•   Anthropometrics Room
•   Nutrition Teaching Kitchen
•   Athletes’ Recovery Area
•   Career Counseling Offices
•   Research & Education Centre
•   Meeting rooms

Judo Ontario HP Training Room

(Judo Ontario HP Room)

“Since the hiring of Technical/Coaching  Director, Pedro Guedes in July of 2012, Pedro has given our athletes the coaching and support they need in order to move to the next level.    With the development of our High Performance   Program, Judo Ontario becoming a Judo Canada Regional Training   Centre   (RTC),   the development  of  a  High  Performance  Management  Plan and  the  international success  of  our  athlete’s, has enabled Pedro to develop a partnership  with  CSIO  that  has  given  our  athletes  increased  funding and  the opportunity at to be part of this new facility TPASC”, said Steve Sheffield, Chairman of the HPC.
“Since I arrived in Canada it was felt by both myself and Judo Canada that a centralized approach to High Performance  training  was the approach  that would  work  in Ontario.   Moving from  a club based  competitive system to a centralized High Performance system required support from the clubs, Judo Ontario HPC, and Judo Canada.  Without partnerships with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, CSIO, Judo Canada and TPASC none of this would have been possible.  I am greatful to all the support I received from the Judo Ontario Board of Directors, especially from our President, Brian Kalsen, Aartje Sheffield, VP Technical and Steve Sheffield, HPC Chair.  Our move to TPASC gives our athletes a much bigger space that was much needed as well as access to all the facilities the CSIO and TPASC have to offer”, said Pedro Guedes, Technical/Coaching Director of Judo Ontario.
The Toronto  Pan Am Sports  Centre  is the largest  sport  new-build  for the 2015  Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games, and the largest investment in Canadian amateur sport history.  Judo athletes will have the opportunity to interact with high performance athletes of different disciplines.
We will be hosting our Judo Ontario AGM on Sunday, September  21st  at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC).  This will give the opportunity for those attending to see Judo Ontario’s new home.
(Field House {Available for Tournaments and Large Clinics})
Pan Am Sports Centre Gymnasium
(Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre Main Entrance)

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