York Lions sports medicine and sports injury clinic manager Andrea Prieur has been named Team Canada’s chief therapist for the 2019 FISU (International University Sports Federation) Summer Games.
Prieur, who was selected for her role at York in July 2018, will serve as chief therapist at the FISU Summer Games for the third time after being appointed to the position for the 2005 (Izmir, Turkey) and 2009 (Belgrade, Serbia) events.
In her role as chief athletic therapist, Prieur will lead a team of sport physiotherapists, sport massage therapists and athletic therapists who will oversee all of the treatment and medical emergencies for all of Team Canada’s athletes. In addition to her on-site role at the games, she is also tasked with planning for all of the medical supplies and equipment the athletes will require and setting up the therapy clinic prior to the start of the games.
“It is always a thrill to be a part of Team Canada and I’m really looking forward to attending the FISU Games again this year,” said Prieur. “I’ve been fortunate to attend other multisport events, but particularly enjoy working in this role at FISU. Being able to see our Canadian university athletes succeed at this level is an amazing experience and I can’t wait to be a part of it again this summer.”
Prieur, a York alumna who earned her certificate in sport therapy in 1997, is well-versed in major multisport events, having served as a therapist at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games; at several Pan American Games, including most recently in 2015; and at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2014. She has also worked as part of the integrated support team for the Canadian diving team since 2010 for events around the world.
Prieur was previously a lecturer within York’s Athletic Therapy Certificate program for 16 years and served as the placement co-ordinator and course co-ordinator for the program.
The 2019 edition of the FISU Summer Games will take place in Naples, Italy, from July 3 to 14.