RBC Training Ground : Could it be you?

RBC Training Ground

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.


Register for an RBC Training Ground event near you, and test your speed, power, strength and endurance in front of the top coaches and sport officials in Canada.

Over the next few months, RBC Training Ground will host six qualifying events in various regions of Quebec. To participate, we are searching for young athletes interested in pursuing a second sports specialization. The project, now in its fourth year, was developed by RBC, CBC, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Olympic Foundation.

L’Institut national du sport du Québec and the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES) co-funded this project to link relevant Quebec sport federations with regional multi-sport training centres and recognized Sports-Études programs. This program is of particular interest to Quebec because it gives promising young athletes an opportunity to succeed in a second sports specialization.

Athletes between the ages of 14 and 25 are invited to participate in RBC Training Ground events to test their speed, power, strength and endurance. Each participant’s results will be measured against performance benchmarks set by National Sports Organizations (NSOs) in search of talented young athletes with the potential to bring home an Olympic medal.

In 2019, RBC Training Ground is excited to announce the first-ever National Final hosted in Calgary, Alberta. This national event will bring together the top 100 high-potential athletes from across the country to compete for funding and consideration from Canada’s National Sport Organizations (NSOs).

Originally from Wendake, Québec, 18-year-old Maryse Vincent is currently attending CJ Garneau for physiotherapy, and can now add regional winner to her resume. Several sports organizations took notice of Vincent’s outstanding athletic talent, including Cycling Canada, Rugby Canada and Rowing Canada.

“I was expecting to push my limits as high as I could and I did very well. I was impressed by my own performance.’’

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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 and the probability of identifying an athlete below or above these age ranges is very small.

  • 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 Final will receive a custom report card and access to an online portal with sport-specific training tips. Visit RBCTrainingGround.ca and go to ‘Exercises’ 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. They are:

Athletics, Rowing, Rugby, Canoe Kayak, Speed Skating, Snowboard, Cycling, Freestyle

For more FAQs visit http://www.cbc.ca/olympics/trainingground/

Events calendar

Date Events Place
March, 23 2019 Gatineau regional Qualification Centre Sportif de Gatineau
March, 30 2019 Trois-Rivières regional Qualification Complexe sportif Alphonse Desjardins
April, 27 2019 St-Jérôme regional qualification IRS St-Jérôme
May, 4 2019 Boucherville regional qualification École secondaire De Mortagne
May, 18 2019 Sherbrooke regional qualification École secondaire du Triolet
May, 25 2019 Québec regional qualification l’Université Laval (Pavillon de l’éducation physique et des sports – PEPS)
Departures are between 9am and 11am. It takes 2 hours to complete all the tests.

Could it be you?

Aimée Côté

Intern, Coordinator – RBC Training Ground

B : 514-255-1000 poste 281 C :613-872-1213


Louise Kairns

Advisor, Programs and Events

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