The former cycling Canada instructor at the Canadian Cycling Centre has earned more than $100,000 as a team trainer, a new report says.
Nancy Sousa’s salary, reported by the Canadian Press on Wednesday, is nearly double that of the average cycling instructor in the country, according to a 2016 study.
She also is paid less than $40,000 a year as an instructor, according the report.
Sousa has worked at the centre for more than 15 years, earning her bachelor’s degree in nutrition, exercise and health science from McGill University.
She has been working as a coach and trainer since 2007, but was let go after the 2016 cycling event in Calgary.
The report said she is paid about $30,000 per year.
Soussa’s former employer, the Canadian Sports Council, said in a statement that it was not aware of the salaries reported by CBC.CSC said it has no comment on its own.
Souza, who was hired in the spring of 2016, said she was working with some of Canada’s top riders at the time.
“The team that I was working for was pretty good,” she told CBC.
“They had some really good riders in their ranks.
They were a great team.”
Souja said she worked with riders such as Canadian rider Tom Van Asbroeck, who won the Tour de France, and the reigning world champion Chris Froome, who has won the Olympics twice.
She said she also worked with American cyclist Matti Breschel, who also won the Paris-Nice race.
She said the training at the centres, which are run by Canadian and American teams, was “really good” and the staff were very professional.
“I think the guys have a great respect for me and my abilities,” she said.
The CBC report said Sousas was part of the Canadian Team Academy at the event, which took place in April in Toronto.
She was on staff at the team for eight days and trained with some top riders from around the world, including world champion Alberto Contador and former world champion John Degenkolb.