October 6, 2022
  • October 6, 2022

A national search for Olympic talent is coming to the Okanagan

By on March 31, 2022 0

If you’ve ever dreamed of representing your country at the Olympics, you’re in luck.

The annual RBC Training Grounds series comes to Kelowna with a practice event on Sunday, April 10 at the UBCO Gymnasium. Athletes between the ages of 14 and 24 are welcome to register.

The qualifying event is free and is an opportunity to showcase an athlete’s abilities through speed, strength, endurance and power.

After the event, if you are selected as having exceptional ability, you are sent to the National Finals for further training. From there, approximately 30 athletes will be selected and will receive funding for training, with the opportunity to be part of their national sports team.

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<p>In the program’s seven-year history, seven athletes from the training ground have won an Olympic medal. </p>
<p>Kelsey Mitchell, the cyclist who won a gold medal at the 2020 Olympics, was found at a practice field event in 2017. Playing soccer growing up, she had never raced on a bike before, but had an impressive performance on a six-second sprint bike.  which showed its future potential. </p>
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Other athletes on the training ground include Olympic bronze medalist Marion Thenault (freestyle skiing), bronze medalist Lauriane Genest (track cycling) and gold medalist Avalon Wasteneys (rowing).

Nine representatives from national sport organizations will be present: Bobsleigh Skeleton Canada, Canoe Kayak Canada, Cycling Canada, Freestyle Canada, Luge Canada, Rowing Canada, Rugby Canada, Speed ​​Skating Canada and Volleyball Canada.

UBCO last hosted the talent identification camp in February 2020. Over 10,000 athletes have been tested since its inception in 2016.

For more information about the event and to register, click on this link.