Athletes with Olympic aspirations will have the chance to show what they are capable of when the RBC Training Ground comes to Guelph on April 24th.
Here are five things to know about the event:
1. What is it?
RBC Training Ground is the official talent search of the Canadian Olympic Committee. The April 24 event invites athletes from across the region to see if they might be suited for an Olympic sport, perhaps a sport they’ve never thought of, and possibly find funding to train.
Participants perform speed, strength, power and endurance tests in front of national sports organizations.
“While some participants seek to re-energize or stimulate an Olympic dream in a sport they already play, others participate with the hope of being discovered and directed to an Olympic sport they may not have never considered,” said Evan, technical director of RBC Training Ground. MacInnis said in a press release. “But they all rely on raw athleticism and determination to catch the eye of our sporting partners and are excited to see where this program can take them.”
2. Which sports organizations are involved?
Program partners in 2022 include Bobsleigh Skeleton Canada, Canoe Kayak Canada, Cycling Canada Cyclisme, Freestyle Canada, Luge Canada, Rowing Canada Aviron, Rugby Canada, Speed Skating Canada and Volleyball Canada.
3. When and where?
The event – one of 14 taking place across the country this spring – is taking place at the Gryphons Athletics Center at the University of Guelph, 175 Reynolds Walk, and runs from 9 a.m. to around noon on Sunday, April 24.
4. Who can participate?
The opportunity is open to any local athlete between the ages of 14 and 25.
The top 100 athletes will be selected to compete in the RBC Training Ground National Finals in the fall.
5. How do athletes register?
The event is free, but participants are requested to register online at rbctrainingground.cawhere they provide background information and complete a detailed biography of the athlete.