Local Athlete Advances to RBC Training Ground Final
“Molly’s performance at the RBC Training Ground event in Calgary showed really good sprint speed and endurance, the kind of athleticism we’re looking for to play rugby at the next level,” said Jennifer Joyce , Strength and Conditioning Coach, Rugby Canada. “We are excited about his potential.”
The 100 finalists will now compete in Ottawa on October 22 with the chance to be one of 30 to win funding and a spot on Team Canada with one of nine partner National Sport Organizations (NSOs), and an accelerated track to the Olympics.
“I’m very excited to see the other athletes and their physical abilities,” said Aellen. “It’s a unique opportunity to accelerate my experience in rugby, but also it will be great to meet athletes from all kinds of different sports across the country and see how I measure up.”
Athletes will be joined at the national final by RBC Training Ground alumni and Olympic medalists:
Avalon Wasteneys (Rowing, Gold, Tokyo 2020); Jerome Blake (Athletics, Bronze Tokyo 2020); Kelsey Mitchell (Cycling, Gold, Tokyo 2020); Marion Thénault (Freestyle skiing – jumps, bronze, Beijing 2022); and Pierce LePage (athletics). Olympians Chloé Dufour Lapointe (Skiing); Justin Kripps (bobsled); Justine Dufour Lapointe (Skiing); Marie-Philip Poulin (Hockey); Melissa Humana-Parades (Beach Volleyball); Miranda Ayim (basketball); Penny Oleksiak (swimming); and Valérie Maltais (Speed skating)
The 30 athletes selected for funding will be announced following a nationally televised documentary special later this fall.
According to the Canadian Olympic Committee, the funding is administered by the participating national sport organization which integrates the athlete into its system and is used for things like training, transportation, travel, equipment and nutrition.
NSO partners include Bobsleigh Skeleton Canada; Canoe Kayak Canada; Cycling Canada Cycling; Freestyle Canada, Luge Canada; Rowing Canada Aviron, Rugby Canada; Speed Skating Canada; and Volleyball Canada.