Olympic Talent Search returns to Victoria

RBC Training Ground gives local athletes - no matter what sport they are involved in - the chance to test their strength, speed and endurance in front of officials from 14 Olympic sports, and earn 'Future Olympian'

On March 11, 2018, Olympic officials will again be looking for potential new Olympians on the Island.

In 2017, 16 athletes who attended the free RBC Training Ground event in Victoria were asked to do additional testing with an Olympic NSO they'd never considered, and invited to the regional final in Vancouver. Three of
them performed so well at the final that they earned 'Future Olympian' funding from RBC. Two of these athletes were varsity rowers at the University of Victoria (Avalon Wasteneys - see attached photo -  and Alec
Stapff).The third athlete, 15-year-old Sierra Gillis, was a local fastball player who is now training as a 'Future Olympian' with Rugby Canada.


This Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and RBC initiative to bring new and undiscovered athletes into Canada's Olympic talent pool is holding an open, free, talent discovery event in Victoria on Sunday, March 11, 2018. The event
is one of more than 30 local combines happening across the country in 2018.

Local Olympians Laura Brown (Cycling) and Jamie Broder (Beach Volleyball) will be on site to help mentor participants.

Top performers at the event (and any athletes that catch the eye of scouts) will advance to a BC regional final in Richmond on April 7, 2018, or begin further testing with specific sports.

In addition to training support from a national sport organization, the athlete may not have considered, top performers also win 'Future Olympian' financial support from RBC.

THERE IS NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE. Local athletes (between the ages of 14 and 25) curious about whether they might be suited to an Olympic sport are encouraged to sign up in advance at rbctrainingground.ca

At the event, they will be measured for anthropometric suitability (things like wingspan and body type) and perform speed, power, strength and endurance benchmark tests in front of officials from the Canadian Olympic
Committee and 14 national sport organizations in hopes of reenergizing a dream or being discovered and directed toward an Olympic sport.


.       Approximately 100 athletes from Vancouver Island from a wide range
of traditional and non-traditional sports

.       Officials from delivery partner Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and National Sports Organizations - Canada Snowboard, Canada Basketball, Cross Country Ski Canada, Wrestling Canada and Speed Skating Canada will join
returning partners Athletics Canada, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, Canoe Kayak Canada, Cycling Canada, Rowing Canada, Rugby Canada, Freestyle Canada, Judo Canada and Water Polo Canada - searching for hidden gems and potential cross-over talent

.       Local Olympians Laura Brown (Cycling) and Jamie Broder (Beach

WHEN:   Sunday, March 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Suggested arrival time for media approximately 10:00 a.m.

University of Victoria, CARSA Building
3800 Finnerty Road, Victoria, BC

THE PROGRAM IS WORKING: In 2017, more than 300 athletes out of a total of over 2,100 athletes who attended RBC Training Ground events were invited for additional testing by a national sport governing body (including 12 from Langley). Thirty athletes were then selected to receive ongoing support funding from RBC in order to pursue their Olympic dreams (including travel, coaching and nutrition expenses).

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