Canoe Kayak Canada one of 7 Sports in the RBC Training Ground

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TV shows have scoured the country looking for the next talented singer, dancer, model – and now Olympian. Canoe Kayak Canada is pleased to be one of seven National Sport Organization partners invited to be involved in the RBC Training Ground program. RBC, in partnership with CBC, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Canadian Olympic Foundation (COF), is leading the search for Canada’s next great Olympian through a new program – RBC Training Ground. RBC and the COF will invest in identifying, developing and supporting Team Canada’s next generation of athletes. The RBC Training Ground program is an opportunity for CKC’s sprint NextGen athletes to win enhanced funding and support towards training. This is also a recruitment opportunity for clubs to take in new athletes found through the search.

The RBC Training Ground consists of 4 athlete identification camps in 4 different cities across Canada from February 20 to March 12. CKC National or Provincial coach representatives will be present at each event.  Athletes will be assessed against performance benchmarks over a series of 4 key tests in power, speed, strength and endurance. Up to 10 of the top athletes from each event may be eligible to receive enhanced program funding, mentorship and support from RBC and the COF to pursue their Olympic dreams. The top performer from each RBC Training Ground event will also receive the ultimate Olympic experience – a trip to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The date and locations of the 4 athlete identification camps are:

  • February 20, Richmond Oval
  • February 27, INS, Montreal
  • March 5, Toronto Pan-Am Sports Centre
  • March 12, Canada Games Centre, Halifax

Apply Online to Be Part of RBC Training Ground

Canoe Kayak Canada would like to thank RBC, the COC, and the Canadian Sport Institute Network for the opportunity to be a part of this project which will potentially providing enhanced funding to some of our NextGen athletes. For any questions, please contact Peter Niedre, at

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada. The organization’s vision is to be a Canadian sport for families, communities and champions. From supporting clubs to developing a competitive National Team, Canoe Kayak Canada works to grow a sport which is a rich part of Canada’s heritage.


Media Contact:

Ian Miller
Communications and Marketing Officer, CanoeKayak Canada