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RBC Training Ground

is a talent identification and athlete funding program designed to uncover athletes with Olympic potential and provide them with the high-performance sport resources they need to achieve their podium dreams.

Register for an RBC Training Ground event near you, and test your speed, power, strength and endurance in front of the top coaches and sport officials in Canada.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is the age range 14 to 25 years?
    The age range of 14 to 25 years aligns with long-term athlete development stages and the Canadian Sport for Life program. This age range allows us to capture those early and late stage Olympic potential athletes and the probability of identifying an athlete below or above these age ranges is very small.
  • Is RBC Training Ground visiting all provinces and major cities across the country?
    RBC Training Ground has seen tremendous growth since the program launched in 2016 when we hosted four events. Recognizing the interest, we have expanded to 32 qualifiers and 6 regional finals in 2018. Knowing there may be undiscovered, talented athletes in other parts of the country, we look forward to creating more opportunities to bring RBC Training Ground to even more communities next year.
  • How do I/does my child compare against the performance benchmarks?
    Each sport requires different skills and the performance benchmarks vary by NSO and take age and gender into account. Athletes that participate in a Regional Final will receive a custom report card and access to an online portal with sport-specific training tips. Visit RBCTrainingGround.ca and go to ‘Exercises’ to compare results against the benchmarks.
  • Which sports are recruiting new athletes through the 2018 RBC Training Ground Program?
    There are 14 national sport organization (NSO) partners involved in the 2018 RBC Training Ground. They are:
    • Athletics
    • Judo
    • Basketball (Women’s)
    • Rowing
    • Bobsleigh Skeleton
    • Rugby
    • Canoe Kayak
    • Speed Skating
    • Cross Country Ski
    • Snowboard
    • Cycling
    • Water Polo
    • Freestyle
    • Wrestling
  • How are you selecting those who attend the RBC Training Ground Finals regional final events?
    Coaches and talent identification representatives from the 14 participating national sport organizations (NSO) select the top 100 athletes based on their performance at the local qualifier events. They are looking for athletes who met or exceeded the predetermined benchmarks set by each of the sports.
  • How long will the qualifying event last?
    Approximately 2 hours from the chosen start time.
  • How long will the regional final take?
    Participants should expect to be at the event for the full eight hours. During this time, the athletes will register, weigh in and be briefed by RBC Olympians before the testing begins. Athletes will then be tested in pre-determined waves, based on their results from the local qualifier event.
  • How will you select the Top Performer from each Regional Final?
    The Top Performer is selected by a committee of coaches, talent identification representatives and RBC Training Ground team members based on their overall athletic performance. Athletes who demonstrate the best scores in each of the four testing areas - speed, strength, power, and endurance – will also receive recognition.
  • Do you take into account the age differences when selecting the Top Performer?
    Each sport partner has different talent identification criteria. Some favour ‘early entry’ and are looking more closely at younger athletes while others seek athletes who are more physically mature. Age is not a determining factor when selecting the Top Performer at each regional final.
  • What happens after the regional final? Will sport organizations reach out to athletes they are interested in directly?
    Select athletes from the regional finals will be identified for additional testing with various national sport organizations. Once the next level of analysis is complete, up to 30 athletes from across the country will receive additional assistance that will be used towards travel, nutrition, coaching etc. These funds will be administered by the Canadian Olympic Foundation and the select NSO.
  • Why not just give the money directly to NSOs to distribute to athletes?
    We are looking for athletes from all walks of life – those who may not have shown up on the radar yet – not just those already within the system. By leading a search of the country, we want to ensure that we've left no stone unturned when it comes to finding our best athletes – we are hoping to introduce more athletes to the Olympic system.
  • Do I need to book my own/our own hotel or flight to attend an RBC Training Ground event?
    RBC Training Ground is not responsible for any travel costs associated with attending a local qualifier or regional final event.
  • Is RBC Training Ground open to potential Paralympic athletes as well?
    At this time, we are focused on finding the next generation of athletes with Olympic potential. Para-athletes have different requirements for their sports and the specific combine-style workouts for RBC Training Ground would not support their benchmarks.
  • How many applications did you get?
    The response has been outstanding with thousands of Canadians across the country applying to participate in RBC Training Ground.
  • What is RBC’s role in this program?
    Through its partnerships and sponsorships, RBC helps provide a strong foundation for athletes to train, compete and succeed on the world stage. RBC Training Ground will help find those undiscovered athletes with podium potential by supporting them with funding and resources to help fuel their Olympic dreams.
  • How has RBC committed to building the Olympic movement in Canada?
    As the longest standing sponsor of the Canadian Olympic Team since 1947, RBC is committed to help build a lasting legacy for its communities, the country and its athletes. This commitment to the Olympic movement can be seen through its RBC Olympians, as well as through its support for next generation Olympians.
  • What is the role of the CBC in this program?
    The CBC and CBC Sports are proud to have built this program in partnership with RBC to discover Canada’s next great Olympians. Its role throughout the program will be to capture and tell the inspiring stories of the young athletes who are discovered and distribute those stories across all of its platforms, including the new program Road to the Olympic Games.
  • What is the role of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Canadian Olympic Foundation (COF) in this program?
    The COC provides authenticity and credibility to RBC Training Ground as they deliver resources that elite athletes need to perform at their best. They also work with National Sport Federations, the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network and other athlete recruitment platforms to prepare and manage Team Canada. The COF raises and grants funds to the Team Canada, the next generation of Olympic athletes and the Canadian sport system, so they are uniquely positioned to help ensure RBC Training Ground funding will be spent efficiently on athlete development within the NSOs.
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Why RBC Training Ground?

RBC Training Ground is a national program created in partnership with RBC, CBC, and the Canadian Olympic Committee with the purpose of identifying and supporting the next generation of high performance athletes in Canada.

With the belief that high performance sport should be accessible to all athletes that are talented, qualified and have the will to compete, this program travels the country every year searching for athletes that will fuel the Canadian Olympic pipeline with future talent.

RBC is committed to supporting up to 30 Training Ground athletes every year, to assist them in chasing their Olympic dreams.

Testing

Athletes are assessed using field based tests that indicate Speed, Strength, Power and Endurance capabilities.

National Sport Organizations (NSO’s) use combinations of these tests to differentiate between performances within their sport of interest. The following tests have been carefully selected by coaches and talent identification representatives, as the results will provide insight towards potential performance within a given sport. Each sport requires different physical abilities, and skills, and therefore performance benchmarks vary by NSO. Each field based assessment result used must be viewed within the context of the requirements of the sport, the characteristics of the athlete, and the stage of their development.

QUALIFYING EVENTS

Open call to all aspiring athletes aged 14 to 25.

40/30M SPRINT

SPEED

40/30M SPRINT
The 40m sprint is a test to measure an athlete’s speed and sprinting ability. The athlete starts from a two-point stance, behind a first set of timing lights. The test begins as soon as the athlete breaks the laser between the first set of timing lights. The test measures an athlete’s time from 0-10m, 30-40m and 0-40m.

ISOMETRIC MID-THIGH PULL (IMTP)

STRENGTH

ISOMETRIC MID-THIGH PULL (IMTP)
The isometric mid-thigh pull (IMTP) is a key test used to measure an athlete’s full body strength. The athlete stands on the force plate, gripping the bar as if to perform a deadlift. The athlete then pushes through their feet to exert as much force through the handle of the IMTP instrument. The force output is observed and recorded.

VERTICAL JUMP

POWER

VERTICAL JUMP
The vertical jump is a classic measure of an athlete’s lower-body power. Using a countermovement (knees bent) and arm swing, the athlete jumps as high as they can from the jump mat and lands with soft knees.

20M MULTI-STAGE SHUTTLE RUN (BEEP TEST)

ENDURANCE

20M MULTI-STAGE SHUTTLE RUN (BEEP TEST)
The 20m multi-stage shuttle run, commonly referred to as the beep test, is a tool to measure an athlete’s aerobic capacity. Athletes run 20m from line to line before or at the 'beep' on the CD track. As the athlete advances in the test the 'beeps' get closer and closer together. The test is over when the athlete can no longer get to the line before the 'beep' sounds twice in a row. Athletes must pivot at the line, rather than in looping turns.

FINAL EVENTS

The Top 100 From Each Region Will Be Invited To Attend.

40/30M SPRINT

SPEED

40/30M SPRINT
The 40m sprint is a test to measure an athlete’s speed and sprinting ability. The athlete starts from a two-point stance, behind a first set of timing lights. The test begins as soon as the athlete breaks the laser between the first set of timing lights. The test measures an athlete’s time from 0-10m, 30-40m and 0-40m.

6 SECOND BIKE SPRINT

SPEED

6 SECOND BIKE SPRINT
Athletes pedal flat out for six seconds on a stationary bike while remaining seated. An ergometer measures the peak wattage achieved and a second calculation factors in the athlete’s weight to determine watts per kg. The 6 second bike sprint is a key test for speed skating, and the sprint disciplines in track cycling.

CONCEPT DYNO

STRENGTH

CONCEPT DYNO
The concept dyno is an exercise/piece of equipment used to test an athlete’s push/pull strength. On a seated machine resembling an indoor rower, athletes pull a bar to their chest as hard as they can. Athletes also perform a push movement to ascertain strength of both muscle groups. Athletes also perform a seated leg press to measure lower body strength. The concept dyno test employs the same muscle groups used in rowing and paddling sports.

SINGLE BROAD JUMP

POWER

SINGLE BROAD JUMP
From a standstill, the athlete jumps as far forward as possible landing with two feet. This movement is an important power test for all running-based sports, like rugby, athletics, bobsleigh and skeleton.

STANDING TRIPLE JUMP

POWER

STANDING TRIPLE JUMP
With both feet placed parallel, the athlete jumps consecutively forward three times. Like the single broad jump, it is a general test of power and indicator for acceleration.

ARM LEG BIKE

ENDURANCE

ARM LEG BIKE
This is an endurance test to measure aerobic capacity and an athlete’s ability to maintain power. On a stationary bike with moving arms, athletes must hit set revolutions per minute (RPM) targets. The test is over when the athlete is too exhausted to hit the set targets. Women start cycling at 50 RPM and men start at 60 RPM. This is a predictive endurance test for rowing and paddling.

Winners 2017

2017

Avalon Wasteneys

Campbell River, BC

Sarah Orban

Calgary, AB

Andrew Wood

St. John’s, NL

Kasandra Savoie

Sherbrooke, QC

Dennis Cook

Richmond Hill, ON

2016

Pierce Lepage

Scarborough, ON — Athletics Canada

Peter Collier

Lower Sackville, NS — Athletics Canada

Kieanna Stephens

Surrey, BC — Rowing Canada

Tania Bambi

Gatineau, QC — Athletics Canada

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2018 Partnering National Sport Federations

Providing 2nd phase testing to the selected Athletes.

Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute / Sport Centre Network

Serving as the official delivery partner for RBC Training Ground across Canada.

Schedule

Walk-ins are welcome at all qualifying events.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Event
Date
City
Location
Results
Qualifying
January 20th 2018
Prince George
Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre
Qualifying
February 3rd 2018
Langley
Langley Events Centre
Qualifying
February 18th 2018
Kamloops
Tournament Capital Centre (TCC)
Qualifying
February 23rd 2018
Kelowna
Capital News Centre
Qualifying
March 11th 2018
Victoria
University of Victoria
Qualifying
March 17th 2018
Burnaby
Fortius Sport & Health
Regional Final
April 7th 2018
Richmond
Richmond Oval

Alberta

Event
Date
City
Location
Results
Qualifying
January 27th 2018
Grande Prairie
Crosslink County Sportsplex
Qualifying
February 25th 2018
Red Deer
St Joseph's High School Fieldhouse
Qualifying
March 3rd 2018
Cochrane
Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre
Qualifying
March 24th 2018
Medicine Hat
Medicine Hat Family Leisure Centre
Qualifying
April 8th 2018
Edmonton
Foote Field Dome at University of Alberta
Regional Final
April 21st 2018
Calgary
Olympic Oval

Manitoba

Event
Date
City
Location
Results
Qualifying
February 24th 2018
Brandon
Healthy Living Centre at Brandon University
Qualifying
March 17th 2018
Winnipeg
Dakota Community Centre Field House
Qualifying
April 7th 2018
Winnipeg
Sport for Life Centre
Regional Final
May 5th 2018
Winnipeg
Duckworth Centre, University of Winnipeg (400 Spence St.)

Saskatchewan

Event
Date
City
Location
Results
Qualifying
March 17th 2018
Saskatoon
Prairieland Park, Hall C

Ontario

Event
Date
City
Location
Results
Qualifying
March 10th 2018
St. Catharines
Brock University - Ian D. Beddis Gym, Walker Complex
Qualifying
March 24th 2018
Kingston
Queens University (The ARC)
Qualifying
March 31st 2018
Toronto
Goldring at University of Toronto
Qualifying
April 7th 2018
Milton
Mattamy National Cycling Centre
Qualifying
April 8th 2018
Ottawa
University of Ottawa – Montpetit Hall
Regional Final
June 2nd 2018
Toronto
Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre

Québec

Event
Date
City
Location
Results
Qualifying
March 24th 2018
Gatineau
Centre Sportif de Gatineau
Qualifying
April 21st 2018
Sherbrooke
Univérsité de Sherbrooke
Qualifying
April 28th 2018
Québec-Lévis
École Cardinal-Roy (CFP Wilbrod-Bherer)
Qualifying
May 6th 2018
Longueuil
Collège Edouard-Montpetit
Qualifying
May 12th 2018
Laurentides/Lanaudière
IRS St-Jérôme
Regional Final
July 14th 2018
Montréal
Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard

ATLANTIC CANADA

Event
Date
City
Location
Results
Qualifying
March 24th 2018
Wolfville
Acadia Athletics Complex at Acadia University
Qualifying
March 25th 2018
Antigonish
Oland Centre at St FX University
Qualifying
August 19th 2018
Fredericton
University of New Brunswick - Richard J. Currie Center
Qualifying
September 9th 2018
St.John’s
NL Sport Centre
Qualifying
September 16th 2018
Halifax
Canada Games Centre
Qualifying
September 23rd 2018
Charlottetown
University of Prince Edward Island - Chi-Wan Young Sport Centre
Regional Final
September 29th 2018
Halifax
Canada Games Center

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