June 27th, 2019

Segall Says: RBC Training Ground program back for another year, looking to find future Olympic talents

By None on February 1, 2019.

RBC Training Ground is a talent identification program designed to find athletes with Olympic potential and provide them with the expert sport resources they need to achieve their Olympic goals and desires.

Training Ground, developed in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Olympic Foundation, CBC Sports, and the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network, continues to enhance its search for Canada’s future Olympians.

RBC announced Jan. 22, that this year’s Training Ground includes seven new qualifying locations: Waterloo, Ont.; Trois-Rivires, Que.; Regina, Sask.; Thompson, Man.; Fort McMurray, Alta.; Boucherville, Que.; and Whitehorse, Yukon.

They also announced that they will be hosting for the first time ever a national final event that will take place in September in Calgary. This national event will bring together the top 100 high potential athletes from across the country to compete for funding and consideration from Canada’s National Sport Organizations. Based on the national final results, and sport specific testing, up to 30 high performing athletes will be selected as RBC Future Olympians receiving funding and resources to pursue their Olympic dreams.

The eight sports that are recruiting new athletes through the 2019 program include athletics, rowing, canoe/kayak, rugby, cycling, speed skating, freestyle and snowboarding. Each sport partner has different talent identification criteria. Some partners prefer younger athletes, while others prefer athletes who are more physically mature.

To be tested you must fall in the age range of 14-25. Ex-Medicine Hat Tiger Gavin Broadhead won the regional RBC Training Ground program in Alberta in 2018 at the age of 23.

The national search will visit 34 Canadian communities in total. The RBC Training Ground events for Alberta will take place in Lethbridge (March 2), Red Deer (March 24), Edmonton (April 7), Fort McMurray (May 4) and Calgary (May 12). The National Sport Organizations use combinations of the following tests to differentiate between performances within their sport of interest at the qualifying events: 40 metre sprint to measure an athlete’s speed and sprinting ability, isometric mid-thigh pull to measure an athlete’s full body strength, vertical jump to measure an athlete’s lower-body power and lastly the 20 metre multi-stage shuttle run, commonly referred to as the beep test, to measure an athlete’s aerobic capacity.The tests used at the national level event are different than at the regional event.

To date, the program has tested more than 5,500 athletes at 71 free local events in 35 different communities across 10 provinces. To register for an RBC Training Ground event, and test your speed, power, strength and endurance in front of the top coaches and sport officials in Canada visit: cbc.ca/olympics/trainingground.

Kristina Segall is the coordinator of the Alberta Sport Development Centre — Southeast and she would love to hear from you and chat with you about the ASDC-SE programs and services. She can be reached via email at ksegall@mhc.ab.ca and via phone at 403-504-3547.

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