While Canadians prepare to cheer on Team Canada at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, RBC, in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee and CBC Sports, will once again be searching the country for the next generation of Olympians through RBC Training Ground … and on Saturday, February 29, that search comes to the UBC Okanagan campus in Kelowna.
RBC Training Ground is the search for new and undiscovered Olympic talent in Canada. This year, RBC Training Ground events – which are free to attend and open to athletes between the ages of 14 and 25 – will take place across eight provinces. At each event participants perform speed, strength, power and endurance benchmark testing administered by partner National Sport Organizations, and each taking age and gender into account. Top performers will be invited for sport specific testing, with the potential to be invited to the 2020 RBC Training Ground National Final later in May. Top performers can be identified by scoring high in just one of the benchmark tests, not necessarily all four.
The program is working – Now in its fifth year, RBC Training Ground has tested more than 8,000 athletes in more than 50 Canadian communities, and identified 10% of these athletes as having high performance potential. To-date, RBC Training Ground has provided more than 100 athletes with funding and support to pursue their Olympic dreams as part of the RBC Future Olympians program.
Athletes that participate in a RBC Training Ground event will receive a custom scorecard the week after they participate, which will help them compare their performance against the benchmarks.
Please help spread the word and encourage athletes aged 14-25 to register (www.rbctrainingground.ca) and to participate in the RBC Training Ground event at the UBCO campus on Saturday, February 29.