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by Alex Van Tol photos by caroline west

A few years back, crews broke ground for the Pacific

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Institute for Sport Excellence (known as PISE) just across the field from Michelle Rinald’s house. Rinald was thrilled. In a matter of months, a full-service fitness facility — complete with Olympians and other world-class athletes — sprang up just steps from her door. It doesn’t get any more convenient than that. Fast forward a couple of years, and Rinald, 45, is loving PISE for more than just its convenience. “It’s so clean. It’s beautiful,” says the mother of two teen-aged boys as she and her husband, Craig, 48, relax at Refuel, PISE’s on-site café. And the chance to work out near Canada’s leading sports performers? Pretty inspiring. Open since March 2008, PISE (pronounced like Pisces without the s ) snuggles up to Camosun’s Interurban campus. The 80,000-square-foot facility currently serves about 500 members, with room for more. Most of PISE’s users are elite performers, like Olympians and other “carded” athletes whose training regimens are supported by government funding. Camosun students taking sport-related degree programs also use it free of charge. LifeMark, a private, Canada-wide, sport medicine outfit, has set up camp in PISE’s south wing, and offers a range of services for sore bodies. Leasing another space in the building is the Canadian Sport Centre Pacific, or CSCP, which oversees the research, training and testing that are involved in keeping high-performing athletes at the top of their game. The CSCP is the national centre for the Own The Podium initiative for the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics. Victoria is home to more Olympic and carded athletes than any other region in Canada, especially for summer sports. Rowing Canada, Swim Canada, Triathlon Canada, Rugby Canada and numerous other groups have made PISE their training base. And why not, when you can grab your physio, sport medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage and gym time all under one roof? “It’s been a terrific addition to the Victoria scene,” says David Docherty, professor emeritus at UVic. Once an elite rugby player himself, Docherty says PISE provides one-stop training under expert supervision for athletes. Olympians, school groups, regular civilians and students of sports programs all rub shoulders as they drift through victoriaboulevard.com 13

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