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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. The probability of identifying an athlete below or above these age ranges, within our current RBC Training Ground partner sports, 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 33 Qualifying Events across all 10 Provinces, plus our first ever event in the Yukon territory in 2019. 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 Qualifying Event will receive a custom report card and access to an online portal with sport-specific training tips. Visit RBCTrainingGround.ca and go to ‘testing to compare results against the benchmarks.
  • Which sports are recruiting new athletes through the 2019 RBC Training Ground Program?
    There are 8 National Sport Organization (NSO) partners involved in the 2019 RBC Training Ground program:
    • Athletics
    • Rowing
    • Canoe Kayak
    • Rugby
    • Cycling
    • Speed Skating
    • Freestyle
    • Snowboard
  • How are you selecting those who attend the RBC Training Ground National Final?
    After the RBC Training Ground Qualifying Events, coaches and talent identification representatives from the 8 participating National Sport Organizations (NSO), and the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSIN) will select athletes to attend second phase sport-specific testing over the spring/summer of 2019. The top 100 athletes from across Canada will then be invited to the National Final in Calgary on September 14 & 15, 2019, based on their performance at both Regional Qualifying Events and sport-specific testing. NSO’s are looking for athletes who met or exceeded the predetermined benchmarks set by each of the sports.
  • Do you take into account the age differences when selecting the Top Performer at an event?
    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, therefore, is considered among other factors when selecting the Top Performer at each regional qualifying event.
  • How long will the Regional Qualifying Event take?
    Athletes should expect to be at the venue for approximately 2 hours after their registered start time. During this time, athletes will register, complete basic anthropometry measurements (height, weight, arm span), and be welcomed by RBC Olympians and representatives before the testing begins. Athletes will then be tested in pre-determined waves based on selected registration times.
  • How long will the National Final take?
    National Final athlete testing will be conducted on Saturday, September 14, 2019, while other events related to the National Final experience will take place throughout the weekend. Participants should expect to travel on Friday and depart Sunday, with transportation, accommodations, and nutrition all covered by the RBC Training Ground team. Information on flights, hotels and the weekend activities will be sent to the selected athletes in the weeks leading up to the event.
  • Can parents and/or coaches come and watch Qualifying or National Final events?
    Yes, there will be separate seating available for spectators to watch the events; however, spectators will not be allowed on the field of play.
  • What happens after the National Final? Will sport organizations reach out to athletes they are interested in directly?
    Up to 30 athletes from across the country will be selected as RBC Future Olympians. The applicable NSO will receive funding assistance that will be used towards the athlete’s travel, competition and training camp expenses, coaching, nutrition, etc., but is the sole discretion of the applicable NSO. These funds will be administered by the Canadian Olympic Foundation to the select NSO directly. The RBC Training Ground team will reach out to all athletes who attend the National Final with more information after the Final is complete.
  • Do I need to book my own hotel or flight to attend an RBC Training Ground Qualifying Event?
    RBC Training Ground is not responsible for any travel costs associated with attending a local qualifying event, but will cover the costs of those Top 100 athletes selected to attend the National Final.
  • How many athletes are tested?
    Thousands of Canadians across the country participate in RBC Training Ground each year. We tested over 3,000 athletes in 2018, with hopes of continuing to grow participation in future years.
  • 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-Sport has different requirements for their athletes based on the different classifications and ability categories within each discipline.
    The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) hosts their own para search program, and athletes with a disability are encouraged to consult the CPC for more info: http://paralympic.ca/paralympiansearch.
  • What is RBC’s role in this program?
    Through its partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee, RBC helps to provide a strong foundation for athletes to train, compete and succeed on the world stage. RBC Training Ground aims to discover young athletes with podium potential and support them with funding and resources to fuel their Olympic dreams through the RBC Future Olympians program.
  • How has RBC committed to building the Olympic movement in Canada?
    At RBC, the Olympic Games represent excellence, teamwork, diversity and commitment - the same values held true for its employees, clients and communities. That connection is a major reason why RBC has been the longest-standing partner of the Canadian Olympic Team, since 1947. This commitment to the Olympic movement can be seen through the RBC Olympians program, as well as through its support for the next generation of Olympic hopefuls.
  • What is the role of the CBC in this program?
    CBC and CBC Sports are proud to have built this program in partnership with RBC and the COC to discover Canada’s next great Olympians. Its role throughout the program will be to capture and tell the inspiring stories of young athletes who are discovered, and distribute those stories across all of its platforms, including Road to the Olympic Games programming.
  • 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 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 NSO’s.
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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.

2019 Regional Qualifier Performance Benchmarks

Age
Developing
Below Avg
Avg
Above Avg
Excellent
Male 14-18.5 yrs
>4.9
4.8-4.4
4.4-4.2
4.19-3.78
<3.77
Male >18.5 yrs
>4.8
4.7-4.36
4.35-4.09
4.08-3.73
<3.72
Female 14-18 yrs
>5.52
5.51-4.96
4.95-4.58
4.57-4.05
<4.04
Female >18.5 yrs
>5.52
5.51-4.95
4.94-4.57
4.56-4.10
<4.09

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.

2019 Regional Qualifier Performance Benchmarks

Age
Developing
Below Avg
Avg
Above Avg
Excellent
Male 14-18.5 yrs
<69
70-134
135-178
179-245
>246
Male >18.5 yrs
<105
106-169
170-217
218-290
>291
Female 14-18 yrs
<52
53-93
94-123
124-168
>169
Female >18.5 yrs
<58
59-109
110-149
150-207
>208

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.

2019 Regional Qualifier Performance Benchmarks

Age
Developing
Below Avg
Avg
Above Avg
Excellent
Male 14-18.5 yrs
<41.1
41.2-58.5
58.6-70
71-88
>89
Male >18.5 yrs
<45
45.1-64.6
64.7-79.6
79.7-101.7
>101.8
Female 14-18 yrs
<33.4
33.5-46.9
47.0-56.1
56.2-69.8
>69.9
Female >18.5 yrs
<31.5
31.6-47.2
47.3-57.8
57.9-73.7
>73.8

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.

2019 Regional Qualifier Performance Benchmarks

Age
Developing
Below Avg
Avg
Above Avg
Excellent
Male 14-18.5 yrs
<5.09
6.01-8.10
9.01-11.04
11.05-14.09
>14.10
Male >18.5 yrs
<5.09
6.01-8.10
9.01-11.12
12.01-14.09
>14.10
Female 14-18.5 yrs
<2.01
2.02-6.06
6.07-8.10
9.01-13.03
>13.04
Female >18.5 yrs
<2.08
3.01-6.10
7.01-9.11
10.01-13.06
>13.07

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 2018

2018

Kayden Johnson

Manitoba/Saskatchewan Regional Winner

Maddison Grant

British Columbia Regional Winner

Gavin Broadhead

Alberta Regional Winner

Maryse Vincent

Quebec Regional Winner

Sara Villani

Ontario Regional Winner

Steven Randall

East Coast Regional Winner

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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2019 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
March 3rd 2019
Prince George
UNBC (Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre)
Qualifying
March 17th 2019
Victoria
University of Victoria (CARSA)
Qualifying
April 6th 2019
Richmond/Vancouver
Richmond Oval (Canadian Sport Institute Pacific)
Qualifying
April 28th 2019
Langley
Langley Events Centre
Qualifying
April 14th 2019
Kamloops
Tournament Capital Centre

Alberta

Event
Date
City
Location
Results
Qualifying
March 24th 2019
Red Deer
Red Deer College (Gary W. Harris Centre)
Qualifying
April 7th 2019
Edmonton
University of Alberta (Foote Field)
Qualifying
May 4th 2019
Fort McMurray
Keyano College (Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre)
Qualifying
May 12th 2019
Calgary
University of Calgary (Red Gym)
National Final
Sepember 14th - 15th 2019
Calgary
Genesis Centre (Feature Gym)

Manitoba

Event
Date
City
Location
Results
Qualifying
April 7th 2019
Winnipeg
Canada Games Sport for Life Centre
Qualifying
April 13th 2019
Brandon
Brandon University (Healthy Living Centre)
Qualifying
April 27th 2019
Thompson
Thompson Regional Community Centre
Qualifying
May 4th 2019
Winnipeg
University of Manitoba (Max Bell Fieldhouse)

Saskatchewan

Event
Date
City
Location
Results
Qualifying
February 23rd 2019
Saskatoon
Henk Ruys Soccer Centre
Qualifying
April 27th 2019
Regina
Regina Field House

Ontario

Event
Date
City
Location
Results
Qualifying
March 9th 2019
St. Catharines
Brock University
Qualifying
March 16th 2019
Waterloo
Wilfrid Laurier University
Qualifying
April 6th 2019
Ottawa
University of Ottawa
Qualifying
April 20th 2019
Toronto
Pan Am Sports Centre

Québec

Event
Date
City
Location
Results
Qualifying
April 27th 2019
Laurentides
IRS de Saint-Jérôme
Qualifying
May 4th 2019
Montérégie
École secondaire De Mortagne
Qualifying
May 18th 2019
Sherbrooke
École secondaire du Triolet
Qualifying
May 25th 2019
Quebec City
PEPS de l'Université Laval

ATLANTIC CANADA

Event
Date
City
Location
Results
Qualifying
February 3rd 2019
Halifax
Canada Games Centre
Qualifying
March 31st 2019
Charlottetown
UPEI (Chi Wan-Young Sport Centre)
Qualifying
April 7th 2019
Moncton
Université de Moncton (CEPS Louis-J.-Robichaud)
Qualifying
April 14th 2019
St. John's
NL Sport Centre
Qualifying
May 4th 2019
Wolfville
Acadia University (Athletic Complex)
Qualifying
May 5th 2019
Fredericton
University of New Brunswick (Richard J. Currie Centre)

Yukon

Event
Date
City
Location
Results
Qualifying
May 11th 2019
Whitehorse
Canada Games Centre

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