Olympic talent search comes to Sherbrooke
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.
· 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.
Sherbrooke's Marion Thenault, one of the athletes identified in year 2 of RBC Training Ground, now training with Freestyle Ski Canada