COULD IT BE YOU?

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.

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.

SCHEDULE

BRITISh COLUMBIA

Event
Date
City
Location
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
Capitol 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
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
Qualifying
February 24th 2018
Brandon
Healthy Living Centre at Brandon University
Qualifying
March 17th 2018
Winnipeg
Dakota Community Centre Field House
Qualifying
April 14th 2018
Winnipeg
Garden City Community Centre
Regional Final
May 5th 2018
Winnipeg
University of Winnipeg Gymnasium

Ontario

Event
Date
City
Location
Qualifying
April 7th 2018
Milton
TBD
Regional Final
June 2nd 2018
Toronto
Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre

Québec

Event
Date
City
Location
Qualifying
May 6th 2018
Longueuil
Collège Edouard-Montpetit
Qualifying
May 12th 2018
Saint-Jérôme
IRNS St-Jérôme/Polyvalente St-Jérôme
Qualifying
May 19th 2018
Trois-Rivières
Académie Les Estacades

ATLANTIC CANADA

Event
Date
City
Location
Qualifying
March 24th 2018
Wolfville
Acadia Athletics Complex at Acadia University
Qualifying
March 25th 2018
Antigonish
Oland Centre at St FX University
Qualifying
August 18th 2018
Fredericton
University of New Brunswick
Qualifying
September 8th 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
Regional Final
September 29th 2018
Halifax
Canada Games Center

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.

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.
40/30M SPRINT
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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.
ISOMETRIC MID-THIGH PULL (IMTP)
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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.
VERTICAL JUMP
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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.
20M MULTI-STAGE SHUTTLE RUN (BEEP TEST)
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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.
40/30M SPRINT
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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 sprint disciplines in track cycling.
6 SECOND BIKE SPRINT
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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.
CONCEPT DYNO
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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.
SINGLE BROAD JUMP
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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.
STANDING TRIPLE JUMP
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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.
ARM LEG BIKE
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Winners

Kasandra Savoie

Kasandra Savoie

Sherbrooke, QC

Videos

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