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 & 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:
DO YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE AGE DIFFERENCES WHEN SELECTING THE TOP PERFORMER IN 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.
CAN PARENTS &/OR COACHES COME AND WATCH QUALIFYING 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.
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.
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 THE 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.
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.
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 - PRINCE GEORGE, MARCH 3, 2019
OPEN CALL TO ALL ASPIRING ATHLETES AGED 14 TO 25.
1. 40/30M SPRINT (SPEED): 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.
2. ISOMETRIC MID-THIGH PULL (IMTP) (STRENGTH): 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.
3. VERTICAL JUMP (POWER): 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.
4. 20M MULTI-STAGE SHUTTLE RUN (BEEP TEST) (ENDURANCE): 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.