As Canada prepares for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games, the RBC Training Ground continues to make Olympic dreams a reality with a new trial season

The graduates will make their debut after the gold medals won by the alumni Tokyo

TORONTO, January 25, 2022 /CNW/ – The RBC Training Ground has won gold in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics when the old ones Avalon Waste and Kelsey Mitchell became Olympic champions. Now, as graduates of the program prepare to make their debut at beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, the RBC Training Ground resumes its search for the next generation of Olympic talent.

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RBC Training Ground is a national talent identification program dedicated to finding and funding from Canada future Olympians. Several athletes who have been discovered and financially supported by RBC Training Ground have made their debuts at Tokyo 2020, four of which won medals including: Avalon Waste (Rowing); Jerome Blake (Athletics); Kelsey Mitchell (Track Cycling); and Lauriane Genest (Track cycling).

RBC Training Ground graduates compete at beijing 2022 include World Cup gold medalist Marion Thénault (Freestyle Skiing – Aerials), miha fountain (Freestyle skiing – jumps) mike evelyn (Bobsled), Ryan Sommer (Bobsled) and Sara Villani (Bobsled).

Additionally, 18 RBC Olympians bound for Beijing will serve as program ambassadors, using the spotlight of the Games to encourage hometown athletes to participate and achieve their own Olympic dreams through the RBC Training Ground. .

The seventh year of the RBC Training Ground will return this spring with plans for free in-person qualifying events across the country, guided by local health and safety protocols. The virtual testing format will remain open to athletes who cannot join in person. Accessibility, diversity and inclusion of programs will continue to be priorities.

During each qualifying event, participants will perform benchmark tests of speed, strength, power and endurance in front of national sports organizations. Top athletes will be selected as future RBC Olympians who will receive funding, mentorship and other resources to pursue their Olympic dreams.

Registration and the latest information on all local RBC Training Ground events is available at RBCTrainingGround.ca. We continue to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19, in consultation with health authorities. The health and well-being of everyone involved in RBC Training Ground, and our communities as a whole, remains our top priority.

Since its inception in 2016, the program has tested 10,000 athletes across Canada, with more than 1,300 athletes identified by national sports bodies as having Olympic potential (many of them in a sport they had never considered). National Sport Organization program partners in 2022 include: Bobsleigh Skeleton Canada; Canoe Kayak Canada; Cycling Canada Cycling; Freestyle Canada, Luge Canada; Rowing Canada Aviron, Rugby Canada; Speed ​​Skating Canada; and Volleyball Canada – all seeking to identify new talent for development.

RBC Training Ground was developed in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Olympic Foundation, with support from the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network. As Team Canada’s longest-serving corporate partner, RBC is proud to celebrate its 75and year proudly defending the Olympic Movement.

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“We are thrilled to launch the seventh year of the RBC Boot Camp in our 75and year as a long-time partner of the Canadian Olympic team. What started as an idea in 2016 has since become a cornerstone for championing the dreams of young people and developing the next generation of Team Canada. Building on the incredible success of Tokyo 2020, we look forward to supporting RBC Olympians and RBC Training Grounds athletes who beijing 2022, and continue to discover new athletes with Olympic potential.”

Marie De PaoliExecutive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, RBC

“The RBC Training Ground is a game-changer and a concrete example of how a Team Canada partner can change the fortunes of young Canadian athletes. This extraordinary program literally turns Olympic dreams into reality. We are thrilled to see the program returning for its seventh year. and excited about the prospects of RBC Training Ground graduates competing at beijing 2022 in a few weeks. We know how Team Canada inspires Canadians to be Olympics, and we strongly encourage young Canadians to take advantage of this free opportunity to launch their campaigns for Paris 2024, Milano Cortina 2026 and beyond, so they can then inspire the next generation of champions.”

Jacquie RyanChief Brand and Commercial Officer, Canadian Olympic Committee and CEO, Canadian Olympic Foundation

“RBC Training Ground is designed to help identify and support the next generation of Olympic talent, and provide athletes with the high-performance athletic resources needed to achieve their podium dreams. 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 never have envisaged. But they are all relying on raw athleticism and determination to capture the attention of our sporting partners and are eager to see what program can take them.”

Evan MacInnis, Technical Director, RBC Training Ground

“We are very pleased to see the continuation of this innovative program. The RBC Training Ground has provided a way to connect athletes and sport like never before in Canada. The program’s unique concept and continued athlete support has clearly provided Freestyle Canada and the entire Canadian sport system with some great future stars! »

Peter judgesCEO, Freestyle Canada

“It was at an RBC Training Ground event that I found out I might be a good candidate for aerial skiing. After receiving RBC Future Olympian funding to play this sport, I never looked back. I am living proof that this program helps make Olympic dreams come true.”

Marion Thenault, World Cup Gold Medalist and RBC Olympian (Freestyle Skiing – Aerials)

About RBC

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We are proud to support a wide range of community initiatives through donations, community investment and employee volunteer activities. See how at rbc.com/community-social-impact.

About the Canadian Olympic Committee

The Canadian Olympic Committee is leading Team Canada’s podium achievement and advancing the Olympic values ​​by Canada. Independent and primarily funded by the private sector, the Canadian Olympic Committee provides resources that from Canada elite athletes must perform at their best and give it their all every day. By sharing the stories of our athletes, we inspire all Canadians through the power of sport: 24/7, 365 days a year.

Future RBC Olympian Erin Watchman tests her stamina at the national final at the RBC Training Ground.  Photo credit: Kevin Light.  (CNW Group/RBC)

Future RBC Olympian Erin Watchman tests her stamina at the national final at the RBC Training Ground. Photo credit: Kevin Light. (CNW Group/RBC)

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