On September 14, 2019, Catherine Lizotte (Knowlton, Quebec) and Ian Holmquist (Peterborough, Ontario) were named champions of the first-ever RBC Training Ground National Final.
The top performers, who competed among 100 young athletes in speed, power, endurance, and strength tests, won much more than a champion title – they earned funding from RBC to train in their sport, and are one step closer to pursuing an Olympic dream.
For the remaining athletes, the dream is not yet over – up to 30 will receive funding and a roster spot with an RBC Training Ground partner National Sports Organization (NSO) in 2019.
These top 100 athletes will compete for funding and a spot on one of eight partner NSO teams at the 2019 RBC Training Ground National Final on September 14th.
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.
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.
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.