RBC Training Ground combine coming to Medicine Hat

By Charles Lefebvre
March 8, 2018 - 9:49am Updated: March 8, 2018 - 7:27pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB — The search for the next Olympic athlete is coming to the Gas City later this month.

RBC Training Ground will be coming to Medicine Hat at March 24 for an athletic combine at the Family Leisure Centre. It’s the first time the combine has come to Medicine Hat.

The event is open to athletes from the region aged 14-25, and runs from 9 a.m. to noon.

During the combine, athletes will be measured for anthropometric suitability and will perform speed, power strength and endurance benchmark tests in front of officials from the Canadian Olympic Committee and 14 different sports.

Representatives from Canada Snowboard, Canada Basketball, Cross Country Ski Canada, Wrestling Canada, Speed Skating Canada, Athletics Canada, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, Canoe Kayak Canada, Cycling Canada, Rowing Canada, Rugby Canada, Freestyle Canada, Judo Canada and Water Polo Canada will be in attendance.

According to a news release, the program is to help identify undiscovered talent and connect them with high-performance sports resources to help them potentially qualify for the Olympics.

Top performers in Medicine Hat will advance to an Alberta regional final in Calgary on April 21 or begin further testing with specific sports.

Medicine Hat cyclist Kirsti Lay, who won a Bronze Medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics (Team Pursuit), will be on hand to encourage athletes at the event.

Last year, RBC Training Ground events across Canada discovered 300 athletes who were directed to specialized training, and 30 athletes received funding from RBC to pursue their Olympic dreams.

Athletes can sign up at rbctrainingground.ca.

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