RBC Training Ground

RBC Training Ground gives local athletes – no matter what sport or activity they are involved in – the chance to test their strength, speed, power and endurance in front of officials from Olympic sports looking for new talent.

On Sunday, March 17, 2019, at the University of Victoria, Olympic officials will be looking for local athletes with the raw talent that could make them well suited for an Olympic sport. 

Media are also welcome to attend and see first-hand how this program is filling Canada’s Olympic talent pipeline. 

This is a FREE, open talent discovery event for athletes between the ages of 14 and 25. There is NO CHARGE to participate. Any athlete curious about whether they might be suited to an Olympic sport are encouraged to sign up in advance at rbctrainingground.ca 

The Victoria event is one of more than 35 local combines happening across the country in 2019.

Top performers at local events (any athletes deemed to have Olympic potential) will begin further testing (one-on-one) with specific sports, with the potential of being invited to the first-ever RBC Training Ground national final, which will bring together the top-100 high potential athletes discovered at various qualifiers across the country. 

Based on the national final results (to be held in Calgary) up to 30 high performing athletes will be selected as RBC Future Olympians and receive funding and resources to pursue their Olympic dreams. 

Vancouver Island has been one of the program’s most successful areas for uncovering Olympic talent. Last year alone 116 local athletes attended the Victoria combine, 35 of which were discovered to have high-performance potential. Some of those who attended, like U Vic’s Haydn Thomas (photo attached for media use, credit Kevin Light), and Jayda Lauzon, a 16-year-old basketball player from Westholme (photo attached for media use, credit Kevin Light) earned funding and are now training with participating national team programs.

At the event, athlete’s 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 national sport organizations in hopes of reenergizing a dream or being discovered and directed toward an Olympic sport. The program is designed to help fill a hole in Canada’s amateur sport system (talent identification in a country as big as Canada) and to then provide the uncovered talent with the high-performance sport resources they need to achieve their podium dreams. 

WHO:    

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

Talent scouts and officials from National Sports Organizations including Canada Snowboard, Speed Skating Athletics Canada, Canoe Kayak Canada, Cycling Canada, Rowing Canada, Rugby Canada and Freestyle Ski Canada – all searching for hidden gems and potential cross-over talent 

Mentors Mercedes Nicoll (four-time Olympian in Snowboard Halfpipe) and Will Crothers (Silver Medal, Men’s 8 Rowing, London 2012) 

WHEN:   

Sunday, March 17, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to Noon – Suggested arrival time for media approximately 9:30 a.m. 

WHERE:                

University of Victoria

Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) building

3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria

THE PROGRAM IS WORKING:

Since 2015, RBC Training Ground has tested 5,500 athletes at 71 free local events in 35 different communities across 10 provinces, and dedicated a total of $1.3 million in funding to support the more than 80 promising future Olympians found through the program.

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