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Dr. Andy Van Neutegem

Director, Sport Science, Medicine and Innovation

Following a 15-year career in Great Britain in high performance sport, Dr. Andy Van Neutegem returned to Canada in 2008 to work for Canadian Sport Institute-Pacific as a High Performance Director as well as undertaken the Lead role in the Performance Readiness Division (Psychology, Research and Medical Services) of CSI-Pacific.  

Andy served as a High Performance Athlete Development Advisor with Own the Podium since 2016 alongside his role as the High Performance Director of the National Wheelchair Rugby Team which he has held since 2008.  Andy led the team to a bronze medal in Beijing 2008 and a silver medal in the London Paralympic Games.  More recently, Andy led the national wheelchair rugby team to a silver medal at the World Championships in August 2014, and a fourth place finish in Rio 2016. In 2014-15, Andy also served in the role of General Manager with Hockey Canada responsible for the National Sledge Hockey Program, winning a silver medal at the Para-Ice Hockey World Championships.  
Dr. Van Neutegem academic background includes faculty member and Department Chair in the Centre for Sport and Exercise Education at Camosun College.  He currently is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia in the Master’s degree, High Performance Coaching & Technical Leadership.  Andy received his Doctorate in Athlete Career Transitions and Long-Term Athlete Development (2007) from the University of Southampton, England and was the lead consultant in the development of the national athlete career transition program in Canada, entitled Game Plan.  In 2016, Andy was the recipient of the Coach Association of Canada Investors Group National NCCP Coach Developer Award.  

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