The Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) was proud to support RBC Training Ground on its quest to find athletes with Olympic podium potential at its stop at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre on Saturday March 5th, 2016.
Athletes between the age of 14-25 competed in front of a panel of coaches where they tested their athletic abilities at Power, Speed, Strength and Endurance stations. The event was designed to help sport officials uncover athletes with Olympic podium potential, in sports the athletes may not have considered. The top performer at each training ground stop also receives a trip to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The program is a partnership between RBC, CBC Sports, the Canadian Olympic Foundation, and the Canadian Olympic Committee, with the delivery of the event supported by members of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSI Network) in each city. As part of the COPSI Network, CSIO assisted in the Toronto event’s organization leading into and during the event, and had many of CSIO’s sport science staff onsite to oversee the training stations, as well as participant weigh-in and warm-up.
The day saw incredible athletic ability and many benchmark scores be beat. While there were many talented athletes identified throughout the day, only one winner could be crowned. Congratulations to Pierce Lepage who is off to the Rio Olympic Games this summer!
RBC Training Ground events were previously held in Montreal and Vancouver. The 2016 edition of RBC Training Ground concludes March 12th in Halifax.
Story and Photo: Laura Albright for Canadian Sport Institute Ontario