Olympic expertise search involves College of Guelph

Athletes with Olympic aspirations will have the chance to show what they can do when RBC Training Ground comes to Guelph on April 24.

Here are five things to know about the event:

1. What’s it all about?

RBC Training Ground is the Canadian Olympic Committee’s official talent search. The April 24 event invites area athletes to see if they might be suited to an Olympic sport, possibly one they’ve never considered, and potentially find funding to train.

Participants perform speed, strength, power and endurance tests in front of national sport organizations.

“While some participants are looking to re-energize or boost an Olympic dream in a sport they are already pursuing, others participate with the hope of being discovered and directed toward an Olympic sport they may have never considered,” RBC Training Ground technical director Evan MacInnis said in a news release. “But they all rely on raw athleticism and determination to attract the attention of our sport partners and are excited to see where this program can take them.”

2. Which sports organizations are involved?

Program partners in 2022 include Bobsleigh Skeleton Canada, Canoe Kayak Canada, Cycling Canada Cyclisme, Freestyle Canada, Luge Canada, Rowing Canada Aviron, Rugby Canada, Speed ​​Skating Canada, and Volleyball Canada.

3. When and where?

The event — one of 14 taking place across the country this spring — takes place at the University of Guelph’s Gryphons Athletics Centre, 175 Reynolds Walk, and runs from 9 am to approximately noon on Sunday, April 24.

4. Who can take part?

The opportunity is open to any local athlete aged 14 to 25.

The top 100 athletes will be selected to compete in the RBC Training Ground National Final in the fall.

5. How do athletes sign up?

The event is free, but participants are asked to register online at rbctrainingground.ca, where they provide basic information and complete a detailed athlete bio.

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