Saanich-based national high performance leader passes away

Vice president Dr. Gord Sleivert of the Canadian Sports Centre Pacific passes away in Montreal

Dr. Gord Sleivert played a pivotal role in establishing the concept of a national sports institute on Vancouver Island.

Canada’s high-performance athletic community lost a key member on Monday (April 2) with the sudden passing of Dr. Gord Sleivert.

The doctor of physiology was vice president of Canadian Sport Centre Pacific and worked out of its office in the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence in Saanich. Sleivert had been with CSC Pacific since 2003.

He passed on Monday evening while attending meetings in Montreal with Swimming Canada for the 2012 Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Swimming Trials. The cause of death has yet to be released.

“Gord was instrumental in the creation of PISE, the evolution of sport physiology in Canada, and was a mentor and friend to the entire sport community,” said Robert Bettauer CEO of PISE.

Sleivert worked with the Own the Podium program and was in regular contact with high performance directors for Canada’s winter and summer sports.

He impacted a number of sports directly, having worked closely with cycling, triathlon, Rugby Canada, Rowing Canada and Swimming Canada in recent years, as well as with Canada’s freestyle skiiers in the lead up to the Vancouver Olympics.

“Right up until his passing, Gord was doing what he’s always done during his eight years with CSC Pacific – tirelessly supporting athletes and coaches to win more medals for Canada,” said CSC Pacific CEO Wendy Pattenden.

Sleivert is survived by his wife Kari and children Benjamin, 15, Brianne, 15, and Lachlan, 12.

For the past 15 years Sleivert focused on applied exercise and sport physiology, having studied at UVic, the University of Alberta and in Australia. He was the Canadian team exercise physiologist at the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics.

 

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Colwood branch drop-off to continue throughout summer

COVID-19 safety measures remain in place

Welcome to grilling season: Saanich firefighter talks barbecue safety tips

Grills should be cleaned, serviced prior to use, firefighter says

Cycling scavenger hunt comes to Tweed City

Cyclists scour Oak Bay for clues in Bike to Work Week event

Colwood woman launches Adopt a Grad

Facebook page aims to support students during pandemic

Police warn of rental scams after Saanich resident nearly falls victim to one

Always see the home, meet the landlord in person before sending money, police say

11 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. as top doc urges caution amid ‘encouraging’ low rates

Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced that two care home outbreaks would be declared over

Father’s Day Walk Run for prostate cancer will be virtual event this year throughout B.C.

The annual fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC has brought in $2.5 million since 1999

Dr. Bonnie Henry announces official ban on overnight kids’ camps this summer

New ban comes after talking with other provincial health officials across the country, Henry says

Senior man in hospital after unprovoked wolf attack near Prince Rupert

Conservation officers are on site looking for the wolf

VIDEO: NASA astronauts blast off into space on SpaceX rocket

Marks NASA’s first human spaceflight launched from U.S. soil in nearly a decade

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

PHOTOS: U.S. cities brace for increasing unrest over police killing of George Floyd

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has fully mobilized the state’s National Guard

$200,000 Maybach impounded after ‘L’ driver caught excessively speeding in Vancouver

Meanwhile, the supervisor sat in the passenger seat, police said

Yukon ready to lift COVID travel restrictions with B.C. in July: premier

Premier Sandy Silver says the territory’s health-care system can cope with the virus.

Most Read