Athletes with Olympic aspirations will have the opportunity to show what they can do when the RBC Training Ground comes to Guelph on April 24.
Here are five things to know about the event:
1. What is it all?
The RBC Training Ground is the official talent search of the Canadian Olympic Committee. The April 24 event invites regional athletes to see if they are fit for an Olympic sport, perhaps a sport they never considered, and potentially raise funds to train.
Participants perform tests of speed, strength, power and endurance in front of the national sports organization.
“While some participants are looking to revive or enhance the Olympic dream in a sport they already pursue, others participate in the hope of being discovered and directed to an Olympic sport they may never have considered,” RBC Training Ground technical director Evan MacInnis said in a news release. “But they all rely on their athleticism and raw determination to catch the attention 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 – takes place at the University of Guelph’s Gryphons Athletic Center, 175 Reynolds Walk, and runs from 9 a.m. to roughly noon on Sunday, April 24.
4. Who can take part?
This opportunity is open to all local athletes aged 14 to 25 years.
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 required to register online at rbctrainingground.cawhere they provide basic information and complete a detailed bio of the athlete.
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