Search for Olympians Coming to PG
Prince George, B.C. – The Canadian Olympic Committee program will be in Prince George this weekend in a search of “undiscovered” Olympians.
Local athletes from the ages of 14-25 are encouraged to sign up at rbctrainingground.ca to take part in the event which will feature 11 different sports and run from 9-11 a.m. at the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre.
“All athletes are invited. The goal is to see if any of the athletes may have an aptitude that suggests they could excel in one of these sports,” says Two-time Pan Am Games gold medallist rower Will Dean.
“So, you could come and be like a football player, show explosive power and you might end up being recruited for the Canadian Bobsled team and RBC would provide you with funding and guidance along that path and connect you with that so you could develop in that sport and potentially go to the Olympics.”
At the event, participants will perform speed, power, strength and endurance benchmark tests in front of officials from the Canadian Olympic Committee and 11 national sport organizations.
The program is in its second year – last year 400 athletes from four different cities went though – and this year it’s been expanded to 20 cities across the country.
“Last year 25 of those 400 athletes wound up getting support and are now training with a national sport organization. I encourage everyone to come out and participate. It’s a way to support the next generation of athletes.”