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Peter Collier

Peter Collier

Hometown: Lower Sackville, NS
Age: 18
Dedication is what drives Peter Collier in his pursuit of a simple goal. To be the best. Jumping further than any man his age in the history of Nova Scotia, he is considered one of the top long jumpers in the country. And guess what? He’s still in high school.
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Tania Bambi

Tania Bambi

Hometown: Gatineau, QC
Age: 22
As one of six kids, Tania Bambi knew she’d have to do something to stand out. So she did - winning three national titles and four provincial competitions in hurdles. Then she had to drop out. Her coach said she’s got what it takes; she just has to give it her all. With renewed purpose, she’s more determined than ever to win Olympic gold.
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Pierce LePage

Pierce LePage

Hometown: Whitby, ON
Age: 20
Pierce LePage has played sports since he could walk. When he tried Track and Field, he broke a Canadian triple jump record. Then he broke it again. Now focused on decathlon, Pierce trains five hours a day and five days a week in 10 track and field events. It’s only a matter of time before he starts shattering more records.
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Kieanna Stephens

Kieanna Stephens

Hometown: Surrey, BC
Age: 16
Ask Kieanna Stephens who her hero is and she’ll tell you, it’s her mom. Her favourite athlete is her brother Devante, an NHL draft pick. The B.C. teen, already a local hockey star, is ready to shine even brighter as she takes a new step in a different direction - towards Olympic glory.

Richmond,
BCCanadian Sport
Institute Pacific

Montréal,
QCInstitut National du
Sport du Québec

Toronto,
ONCanadian Sport
Institute Ontario

Halifax,
NSCanadian Sport
Centre Atlantic

Olympians aren’t born overnight

Commitment, perseverance, determination and natural athletic ability are qualities that make up an Olympian. They also require an elite daily training environment to cultivate their athletic talent. And most importantly, funding and resources. That’s where RBC Training Ground comes in.

RBC, CBC, the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Olympic Foundation launched RBC Training Ground - a program designed to help sport officials uncover athletes with Olympic podium potential, in sports they may not have considered. Athletes between the ages of 14 and 25 will execute a series of workouts measuring speed, power, strength and endurance in front of coaches and officials from National Sport Organizations (NSOs). The participants’ results will be measured against performance benchmarks to determine an athlete's capacity for sport at its highest level.

Select athletes, who achieve certain benchmarks, will be identified for a second stage of sport-specific testing implemented by coaches and high-performance directors. This second phase of testing will help determine which athletes will receive additional funding to achieve their Olympic dream.

RBC Training Ground is just the beginning of the journey.

POWER

Vertical Jump

This exercise measures the explosiveness of an athlete’s lower body. Standing on a jump contact mat with feet shoulder width apart, an athlete begins the test by standing tall and motionless. Next, they bend their knees and jump to their maximum height while staying centred over the mat, and land back on the mat with their legs relatively straight. A sensor in the jump contact mat measures their time in air, and maximum height reached. NSOs using the vertical jump test for athlete identification include Cycling Canada.

POWER - VERTICAL JUMP (cm)

GENDER

ELITE BENCHMARK

NSO

TRAINING GROUND RECORD

TRAINING GROUND RECORD HOLDER

LOCATION

MALE

75 cm

Cycling Canada

104.39 cm

Nathaniel George

VAN

FEMALE

60 cm

88.65 cm

Tania Bambi

MTL

Standing Triple Jump

This test measures lower body explosiveness and power. From a standstill, an athlete bends their knees and jumps 3 consecutive times horizontally, with no pause between jumps. The maximum distance from the start line to their nearest heel is measured. Athletes must stick the landing for the score to count and if an athlete falls backward then the attempt is not recorded. Athletics Canada and Rugby Canada use the standing triple jump test for athlete identification.

POWER - STANDING TRIPLE JUMP (m)

GENDER

ELITE BENCHMARK

NSO

TRAINING GROUND RECORD

TRAINING GROUND RECORD HOLDER

LOCATION

MALE

9.9 m

Athletics Canada

10.4 m

Patrice St-Louis Pivin

MTL

8.5 m

Rugby Canada

FEMALE

8.4 m

Athletics Canada

8.5 m

Tania Bambi

MTL

7.42 m

Rugby Canada

STANDING LONG JUMP

The purpose of this exercise is to measure an athlete’s elastic strength and lower body power. From a standstill position, an athlete bends their knees and jumps as far forward as possible landing on both feet. An arm swing is permitted, however no stepping or other foot movement is allowed prior to jumping. The jump distance is measured from the start line to the farthest point back that any body part touches the ground.

POWER - STANDING LONG JUMP (m)

GENDER

ELITE BENCHMARK

NSO

TRAINING GROUND RECORD

TRAINING GROUND RECORD HOLDER

LOCATION

MALE

3.2 m

Athletics Canada

3.33 m

Colin Phillips

TOR

3.15 m

Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton

2.75 m

Rugby Canada

FEMALE

2.8 m

Athletics Canada

2.88 m

Tania Bambi

MTL

2.4 m

Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton

2.46 m

Rugby Canada

SPEED

40 METRE SPRINT

This exercise measures running velocity of athletes at 10m, 15m, 30m and 40m intervals. Athletes start in a two point standing stance, with their front foot in between the set of cones placed 0.75m behind the start line. The athlete then sprints off of the start-line for 40 metres as multiple measurements are tracked by sensors throughout.

SPEED - 40 METRE SPRINT (sec)

GENDER

ELITE BENCHMARK

NSO

TRAINING GROUND RECORD

TRAINING GROUND RECORD HOLDER

LOCATION

MALE

5.00 sec

Rugby Canada

4.68 sec

Lucanus Robinson

HAL

FEMALE

5.40 sec

5.18 sec

Jellisa Westney

TOR

*10 m acceleration, 10 m flying, 15 m sprint, 30 m sprint, 30-40 m max velocity measures not listed

SIX SECOND BIKE SPRINT

This test provides an indication of peak muscle power. Athletes are to perform the sprint in a gear that allows them to reach their peak cadence in the first 2 or 3 seconds. Once the desired gear is selected, athletes stop pedaling and allow the flywheel to stop completely. When indicated by the coach, the athlete pedals as hard as they can for six seconds. An ergometer measures the peak wattage achieved and a second calculation factors in an athlete’s weight to come up with watts per kg. Athletes must achieve the minimum peak wattage standard, and then watts per kg are used as the primary metric.

SPEED - 6 SECOND BIKE SPRINT (WATTS/kg)

GENDER

ELITE BENCHMARK

NSO

TRAINING GROUND RECORD

TRAINING GROUND RECORD HOLDER

LOCATION

MALE

20.5

Cycling Canada

23.39

Andre Azonwanna

TOR

FEMALE

16

19.05

Tameran Defreitas

TOR

STRENGTH

UPPER BODY PUSH & PULL

This exercise measures the push and pull strength in the upper body. On a seated machine, athletes pull a set of handles towards their chest as hard as they can. The pull test is an important indicator of a strong rowing or paddling stroke, but the push movement is also performed to ensure there are no muscular imbalances. The machine measures the amount of force achieved.

STRENGTH - UPPER BODY PULL (nm)

GENDER

ELITE BENCHMARK

NSO

TRAINING GROUND RECORD

TRAINING GROUND RECORD HOLDER

LOCATION

MALE

500

Rowing Canada

844

Charles Huet

MTL

650

Canoe Kayak Canada

FEMALE

290

Rowing Canada

493

Gabrielle Smith

MTL

306

Canoe Kayak Canada

STRENGTH - UPPER BODY PUSH (nm)

GENDER

ELITE BENCHMARK

NSO

TRAINING GROUND RECORD

TRAINING GROUND RECORD HOLDER

LOCATION

MALE

400

Rowing Canada

655

Christophe Normand

MTL

500

Canoe Kayak Canada

FEMALE

205

Rowing Canada

394

Brittany Crew

TOR

270

Canoe Kayak Canada

LOWER BODY PUSH

The purpose of this exercise is to evaluate an athlete’s pushing power in their lower body. An athlete sits on the machine with the bar set so that it is clear from the knees at full compression, and they then press their legs forward as hard as they can. The athlete must maintain contact with the backrest at all times. The machine also measures the amount of force achieved.

STRENGTH - LOWER BODY PUSH (nm)

GENDER

ELITE BENCHMARK

NSO

TRAINING GROUND RECORD

TRAINING GROUND RECORD HOLDER

LOCATION

MALE

800

Rowing Canada

1225

Colin Phillips

TOR

FEMALE

525

782

Brittany Crew

TOR

MEDICINE BALL THROW

This exercise tests an athlete’s elastic strength and explosive forward momentum. Athletes set up in a double-leg stance with their toes behind the designated start line, and while holding the medicine ball in in front of their body with both hands. Then, they bend their knees and immediately throw the ball as far forward as possible. The throw distance is measured from behind the start line to the point at which the tester determines the medicine ball first touches the floor.

STRENGTH - MEDICINE BALL THROW (m)

GENDER

ELITE BENCHMARK

NSO

TRAINING GROUND RECORD

TRAINING GROUND RECORD HOLDER

LOCATION

MALE

20.00-17.50 m

Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton

17.70 m

Christophe Normand

MTL

FEMALE

15.50-14.50 m

14.15 m

Jennifer Bell

HAL

ENDURANCE

ARM-LEG BIKE

This exercise assesses general full-body aerobic power. On a stationary bicycle with moving arms, starting at the appropriate rpm (males-60, females-50), an athlete must increase their cadence by 5 rpm every stage (1 minute in duration). This progressive increase will continue until the athlete is unable to maintain the target rpm. The exercise is terminated when the athlete cannot increase their rpm within 10 seconds back to the target intensity (2 consecutive 5 second averages). rpm of last completed stage is the final rpm recorded.

ENDURANCE - ARM-LEG BIKE (rpm)

GENDER

ELITE BENCHMARK

NSO

TRAINING GROUND RECORD

TRAINING GROUND RECORD HOLDER

LOCATION

MALE

90

Rowing Canada

99

Mats Gradwell

VAN

85

Canoe Kayak Canada

FEMALE

80

Rowing Canada

91

Gabrielle Smith

MTL

75

Canoe Kayak Canada