Chilliwack dancer in Canadian Olympic talent search final – Chilliwack Progress
Amy Vander Wyk is a dancer and fitness enthusiast whose athletic skills could send her in Olympian directions.
The 22-year-old from Chilliwack is one of seven out of 100 BC athletes across Canada named finalists for RBC Training Ground – the Canadian Olympic Committee’s free annual cross-country search for new Olympic talent .
Although he had no experience in any Olympic sport, Vander Wyk was considered to have Olympic potential.
“I train five times a week and try really hard, but I really just signed up to test my strengths and weaknesses,” Vander Wyk. “It’s exciting to see what could happen.”
Vander Wyk has spent the last few years dancing and studying biology at UBC Okanagan.
Over the past few months, more than 4,000 athletes have participated in the RBC Training Ground, performing tests of speed, strength, power and endurance in hopes of being noticed by one of the eight participating Olympic sports. . Some athletes performed the tests in person and others using a virtual format.
“Amy was one of BC’s top performers with an excellent vertical jump of over two feet,” said Evan MacInnis, Technical Director of RBC Training Ground. “Participating sports are interested in the type of raw athletic skill that Amy has demonstrated.”
The finalists will now compete in the RBC Training Ground National Finals, with the chance to be one of 30 athletes to secure funding and a spot on Team Canada. The 30 athletes selected for funding will be announced in early January 2022, following a nationally televised special documentary.
Partners from the following National Sport Organizations participate in the RBC Training Ground to identify athletes: Boxing Canada, Nordic Combined Canada, Ski Jumping Canada, Speed Skating Canada, Freestyle Skiing Canada, Cycling Canada, Rowing Canada, Rugby Canada and Canoe Kayak Canada.
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