The Dome at Foote Field welcomes Canadian Olympic hopefuls

    The Green and Gold Sport System and the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation welcomes the RBC Training Ground to Foote Field

    By Canadian Olympic Foundation on March 30, 2017

    Are you Canada’s next Olympic star? Building on the success of Team Canada at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, RBC, in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Foundation, CBC Sports and the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network are renewing the search for future Olympic athletes through RBC Training Ground.

    The RBC Training Ground, with the help of the Green and Gold Sport System at the University of Alberta, is bringing the talent hunt to Edmonton. The Dome at Foote Field will play host to youth athletic competition, April 8th, 2017. 

    Athletes between the ages of 14 and 25 are invited to attend a RBC Training Ground event to measure their speed, power, strength and endurance. Each athlete will try to hit performance benchmarks set by national sport organizations scouting for young talented athletes with Olympic medal potential.  RBC Training Ground will help find those undiscovered athletes with podium potential, and provide them with funding and support to help fuel their Olympic dreams.

    Athletes interested in participating at the free local qualifiers can register at www.rbctrainingground.ca.

    Up to 50 athletes from across the country could receive additional funding, mentorship and support from RBC and the COF to fuel their passion and Olympic dreams.

    “RBC Training Ground offers a tremendous opportunity for young athletes to open their minds to a sport they may not have considered,” said Curt Harnett, three-time Olympic medallist and RBC Training Ground advocate. “Growing up I was focused on a hockey career, and was lucky enough to have a high school coach who introduced me to cycling. Just a few years later, I was standing on the Olympic podium with a silver medal around my neck and grateful to my coach for seeing my potential.”

    In its first year, RBC Training Ground travelled across the country and tested 400 athletes at four regional workout events, with 94 young Canadians meeting NSO benchmarks. Of those, 25 athletes earned funding and support to spark or accelerate their Olympic dreams. For 2017, RBC Training Ground builds on that success with more qualification events in more cities and has partnered with five additional national sport governing bodies. This will give more than 2,500 yet-to-be-discovered athletes the chance to further fuel their Olympic dreams.

    Eleven NSOs will be represented at RBC Training Ground events to assess each athlete’s potential for their high-performance programs. Returning NSOs Athletics Canada, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, Canoe Kayak Canada, Cycling Canada, Rowing Canada, and Rugby Canada will be joined by new partners Alpine Canada (Ski Cross), Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, Judo Canada, Triathlon Canada and Water Polo Canada.

    At each local qualifier, participants will be identified, based upon their athletic performance, to attend a regional final where up to 100 athletes will perform in front of national and provincial sport officials. Select athletes from the regional finals will be identified for additional testing with various NSOs. Once the next level of analysis is complete, up to 40 athletes will receive additional assistance such as funding, resources, coaching and/or mentorship through the COF and RBC. The support will be administered through the select NSO. In addition, the top athlete from each regional final will receive a trip to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Similar to familiarization trips taken by Canada’s top Olympians, this opportunity will help prepare and encourage the athletes when they, hopefully, make future Olympic Games.

    Alberta 

    April 1, 2017 – Okotoks, AB (Crescent Point Regional Field House)
    April 8, 2017 – Edmonton, AB (Foote Field Dome)

    Atlantic 

    April 1, 2017 – Halifax, NS (Dalhousie University)
    April 15, 2017 – St. John’s, NL (Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Centre)
    April 30, 2017– Charlottetown, PEI (University of Prince Edward Island)

    Quebec 

    April 8, 2017 – Longueuil, QC (Cégep Édouard-Montpetit)
    April 22, 2017 – Sherbrooke, QC (Sherbrooke University) 
    May 6, 2017 – Québec City, QC (Laval University)

    RBC Training Ground local qualifier events will be hosted throughout Ontario in fall 2017. Stayed tuned to RBCTrainingGround.ca for confirmed dates and locations. 

    RBC Training Ground Regional Finals 

    March 4, 2017 – Vancouver, B.C. (Richmond Oval in partnership with Canadian Sport Institute Pacific) 
    May 6, 2016 – Calgary, AB (Winsport in partnership with Canadian Sport Institute Calgary) 
    June 10, 2017 – Halifax, NS (Canada Games Centre in partnership with Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic)
    July 8, 2017 – Montreal, QC (Institut National du Sport)