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Our Mission

Fortius Sport & Health is an integrated athlete development centre strengthened through philanthropy and focused on optimizing human performance for life.

 Our Team

Nicholas Held

Nick Held brings a wealth of knowledge to the integrated practitioner team at Fortius Sport & Health. He joins the team as the Director of Hydrotherapy but brings additional experience as a strength and conditioning coach. He exemplifies his passion for education and continuing development as he is currently completing his PhD in Experimental Medicine at UBC. Nick has years of experience using HydroWorx pools to help individuals optimize performance and rehabilitation and reach their full potential. In addition, he has presented at multiple conferences in North America and was nominated for the Excellence in Aquatics award.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (in progress), University of British Columbia

  • Masters of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa

  • Bachelor of Science, honours in Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa


  • Junior A Hockey

  • Junior B Lacrosse

Client CV

  • Men's National Team, Field Hockey Canada

  • Varsity Rugby Team, University of Ottawa

  • Varsity Volleyball Team, University of Ottawa

  • Athletes from NHL, NBA, MLS, CFL, NLL, ATP, and various Olympic athletes​

Professional Highlights

  • Director of Hydrotherapy, Fortius Sport & Health

  • Sport Scientist, Field Hockey Canada

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach, Hydrathletics

  • Behavioural Coach, Wellspring UK

Research Interests

  • The use of water immersion in performance, rehabilitation and recovery

  • Long term athlete development

Professional Affiliations

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)

  • National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)​