Submit from Victoria Occasions-Colonist, October 25, 2020
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Solely the Tokyo Olympics had been postponed, not the humidity. That also awaits.
Canadian athletes can thank Wendy Pethick in the event that they acclimatize effectively to the 30-plus diploma summer season temperatures anticipated subsequent yr in Japan for the pandemic-delayed 2020 Plus One Olympics and Paralympics.
The supervisor of the Canadian Sport Centre-Pacific (sic)’s efficiency lab, situated on the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence on the Camosun School Interurban campus, has been named Canada’s sport scientist of the yr for 2020 by Personal the Podium.
The award, inaugurated in 2019, is in its second yr. There have been 5 nominees. Pethick, a physiologist, was honoured this week in the course of the annual Personal the Podium Sport Innovation Summit. The summit was carried out just about this yr. Personal the Podium is this system created in 2004 with the purpose of elevating extra Canadian athletes to Olympic and Paralympic podiums. It’s funded primarily by the federal authorities with further cash offered by the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Olympic Basis and Canadian Paralympic Committee.
Pethick is taken into account a world chief within the examine of thermoregulation, the method by which the physique retains its core inside temperature. When it comes to the Summer time Video games, it mainly entails conserving an athlete’s physique temperature moderated in sizzling situations. Pethick has a breadth of information and instructing expertise in physiology, train physiology and in measuring and evaluating in these areas. Her work is transferable past simply sports activities and he or she has additionally been concerned in initiatives with the RCMP, Canadian Coast Guard and B.C. Forestry Service.
“Wendy is an actual unsung hero of Canadian sport [study and preparation],” mentioned Andy Van Neutegem of Victoria, the director of efficiency sciences, analysis and innovation for Personal the Podium.
“Her work is essential with Tokyo developing. She is a really deserving winner of this award.”
As much as 75 of the Canadian athletes anticipated to compete subsequent summer season within the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are primarily based on the Island, and Pethick has labored with most of them, with particularly shut ties to the rowers, triathletes and wheelchair rugby gamers.
The College of Victoria train physiology masters graduate will not be a foul athlete herself. Pethick has positioned within the top-10 within the ladies’s 55-plus age group within the New York, Chicago and Berlin marathons.