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 34 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:
- Canoe Kayak
- Speed Skating
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.