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100 Athletes to Compete at RBC Training Ground National Final in Ottawa

OTTAWA (October 11, 2022) – On Saturday, October 22, several Canadian Olympians will be in Ottawa to support the 100 athletes competing in the RBC Training Ground National Final. 

Now in its seventh year, RBC Training Ground is a nation-wide talent identification and athlete-funding program dedicated to finding and funding the next generation of Canadian Olympians. Since its inception in 2016, the program has tested 12,000 athletes at free local events across Canada with more than 1,600 being identified by National Sport Organization (NSO) partners as having Olympic potential. At each event, participants perform speed, strength, power, and endurance benchmark testing. Thirteen RBC Training Ground athletes have competed at two Olympic Games, and together they’ve brought home a collective seven medals. 

Media are invited for photo, interview and b-roll opportunities. Please RSVP to Peter Saltsman at

Avalon Wasteneys (RBC Training Ground Alumni, Gold Medallist – Rowing)
Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (RBC Olympian, Silver Medallist – Freestyle Skiing)
Jerome Blake (RBC Training Ground Alumni, Silver Medallist – Athletics)
Justin Kripps (RBC Olympian, Gold and Bronze Medallist – Bobsleigh)
Justine Dufour-Lapointe (RBC Olympian, Gold and Silver Medallist – Freestyle Skiing)
Kelsey Mitchell (RBC Training Ground Alumni, Gold Medallist – Cycling)
Marie-Philip Poulin (RBC Olympian, Three-time Gold Medallist and Silver Medallist – Ice Hockey)
Marion Thénault (RBC Training Ground Alumni, Bronze Medallist – Freestyle Skiing)
Melissa Humana-Paredes (RBC Olympian, Beach Volleyball)
Miranda Ayim (RBC Olympian, Basketball)
Pierce LePage (RBC Training Ground Alumni, Athletics)
Penny Oleksiak (RBC Olympian, Seven-time Olympic medallist – Swimming)
Sarah Nurse (RBC Olympian, Gold and Silver Medallist – Ice Hockey)
Valérie Maltais (RBC Olympian, Gold and Silver Medallist – Speed Skating)
Evan MacInnis (RBC Training Ground Technical Director)
RBC Training Ground athletes (including 7 local Ottawa athletes)

Saturday, October 22, 2022
Media Availabilities: 9:30am – 11:30am and 12:30pm – 2:30pm

EY Centre
4899 Uplands Drive
Ottawa, ON  K1V 2N6

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Peter​ Saltsman, Senior Manager, Public Relations
Canadian Olympic Committee
C: 647-382-6986

Brianne Sommerville, Senior Manager, Brand Communications 
T: 437-228-5396

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