Talent search coming to Brampton to help send athletes to the Olympic Games

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Published March 22, 2023 at 11:49 am

Brampton athletes who have dreamed of competing in the Olympic Games will have a chance this weekend to show their stuff.

For the first time ever, RBC Training Ground — a talent scouting program that helps fund and send athletes with potential to the Olympic Games — is coming to Brampton this weekend on Sunday, March 26.

More specifically, they’ll be at the Athletics Centre of Sheridan College’s Davis Campus at 7899 McLaughlin Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Athletes between 14-25 years old will be able to show off their speed, power, strength, and endurance to Olympic talent scouts from 12 different Olympic sports. On-site interviews will also be available with Olympian Pierce LePage (Tokyo 2020, Decathlon), a Whitby athlete who was discovered through the program in 2016.

The following national sport organizations will be looking for athletes to recruit:

  • Boxing Canada
  • Canoe Kayak Canada
  • Climbing Canada
  • Cycling Canada
  • Freestyle Canada
  • Luge Canada
  • Rowing Canada
  • Rugby Canada
  • Speed Skating Canada
  • Triathlon Canada
  • Volleyball Canada
  • Wrestling Canada

Participants are encouraged to register online before the event or contact organizer Brian Findlay at 416-802-4062.

Currently entering its eighth year, RBC Training Ground says the free program has already funded seven Canadian Olympic medalists (some of which competed in sports they’d never considered), and “put hundreds more into Canada’s Olympic talent pipeline.”

That includes defending Olympic champion Kelsey Mitchell, a former soccer player who was directed to Track Cycling through the program in 2017 and is one of seven program grads to medal at the recent Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Games.

The next Olympic Games will be held in Paris, France from July 26 to August 11, 2024.

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