Potential Alberta Olympians scouted at RBC training ground


Edmonton’s Olympic hopefuls had a chance to show off their skills on Saturday at Foote Field at the University of Alberta.

The RBC Training Ground is in its seventh year and is recruiting athletes with Olympic potential from across the country.

Athletes complete four tests: a beep test, a sprint test, a pull test, and a vertical jump.

Between the last two Olympics, RBC had identified 13 successful Canadian athletes, according to Ashley Hudson, performance services coordinator at the Canadian Sport Institute.

“I think it’s so cool. I wish it was there when I was an athlete,” Hudson said.

“It just gives them the opportunity to see what else is out there and test their abilities in different areas that they might not have thought of trying before.”

The program accepts people between the ages of 14 and 25.

Anne-Marie Dumont, 21, of Edmonton, said the event was really well organized and the atmosphere was great.

“It went really well. I was a bit nervous at first, it’s my first time at this event,” she said on Saturday.

She said it was her dream since she was a little girl to go to the Olympics. She said she would probably compete in speed skating.

“So it was just a really good event to compare where I am and with the results I had today I’m sure if I keep working I’m not that far off.”

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