Olympic tal­ent search comes to Sher­brooke

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL SPORTS -

RBC Train­ing Ground gives lo­cal ath­letes - no mat­ter what sport they are in­volved in - the chance to test their strength, speed and en­durance in front of of­fi­cials from 14 Olympic sports, and earn 'Future Olympian'.

This ini­tia­tive - a Cana­dian Olympic Com­mit­tee (COC) and RBC part­ner­ship to bring new and undis­cov­ered ath­letes into Canada's Olympic tal­ent pool - is hold­ing an open, free, tal­ent dis­cov­ery event in Sher­brooke on April 21, 2018. The event is one of more than 30 lo­cal com­bines hap­pen­ing across the country this year.

Top per­form­ers at the event (and any ath­letes that catch the eye of scouts) will ad­vance to an Que­bec re­gional fi­nal in Mon­treal, July 14, 2018, or be­gin fur­ther test­ing with spe­cific sports.

In ad­di­tion to train­ing sup­port from a na­tional sport or­ga­ni­za­tion the ath­lete may not have con­sid­ered, top per­form­ers can also win 'Future Olympian' fi­nan­cial sup­port from RBC.

There is no charge to par­tic­i­pate. Lo­cal ath­letes (be­tween the ages of 14 and 25) cu­ri­ous about whether they might be suited to an Olympic sport are en­cour­aged to sign up in ad­vance at rbc­train­ing­ground.ca

At the event they will be mea­sured for an­thro­po­met­ric suit­abil­ity (things like wing­span and body type) and per­form speed, power, strength and en­durance bench­mark tests in front of of­fi­cials from the Cana­dian Olympic Com­mit­tee and 14 na­tional sport or­ga­ni­za­tions in hopes of reen­er­giz­ing a dream or be­ing dis­cov­ered and di­rected to­ward an Olympic sport.

WHO:

· Ap­prox­i­mately 100 lo­cal ath­letes from a wide range of tra­di­tional and non-tra­di­tional sports

· Of­fi­cials from de­liv­ery part­ner Cana­dian Sport In­sti­tute Pacific and Na­tional Sports Or­ga­ni­za­tions - Canada Snow­board, Canada Bas­ket­ball, Cross Country Ski Canada, Wrestling Canada and Speed Skat­ing Canada will join re­turn­ing part­ners Ath­let­ics Canada, Bob­sleigh Canada Skele­ton, Ca­noe Kayak Canada, Cy­cling Canada, Row­ing Canada, Rugby Canada, Freestyle Canada, Judo Canada and Wa­ter Polo Canada - search­ing for hid­den gems and po­ten­tial cross-over tal­ent

· Cur­rent Olympians, in­clud­ing lo­cal ris­ing star JAC­QUE­LINE SIMONEAU (Syn­chro, Rio 2016), on hand to men­tor par­tic­i­pants

WHEN: Satur­day April 21, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Sug­gested ar­rival time for me­dia ap­prox­i­mately 10:00 a.m. WHERE: Univer­sité de Sher­brooke, Com­plex Spor­tif, 2500 Boule­vard de l'univer­sité, Im­meu­ble K1.

COUR­TESY

Sher­brooke's Mar­ion Thenault, one of the ath­letes iden­ti­fied in year 2 of RBC Train­ing Ground, now train­ing with Freestyle Ski Canada

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