Today, RBC Training Ground announced the top 30 athletes who were nominated by the program’s National Sport Organization partners and who will continue on receiving funding and support from RBC, as well as a spot on the Canadian National team.
The program resumes its search for Canada’s next generation of Olympic athletes with a new season starting shortly after the conclusion of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.
The list of RBC ‘Future Olympians’ was announced as a part of a TSN special, which followed select athletes as they prepared for the RBC Training Ground National Final – the last chance for athletes to impress Team Canada scouts prior to nominations.
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RBC Training Ground Top 30 Athletes
|Cycling Canada||Andrik Terauds||Beaconsfield, QC|
|Rugby Canada||Ava Ference||Shawnigan Lake, BC|
|Canoe Kayak Canada||Béatrice Olson||Ottawa, ON|
|Speed Skating Canada||Bon Lowe||Calgary, AB|
|Rugby Canada||Carissa Norsten||Victoria, BC|
|Rugby Canada||Cassie Jorenson||Edmonton, AB|
|Rowing Canada||Catherine Chénier-Gagnon||Bromont, QC|
|Speed Skating Canada||Daniel Pauli||Calgary, AB|
|Freestyle Canada||Élodie Caron||Saint-Bruno de Montarville, QC|
|Cycling Canada||Erin Watchman||Edmonton, AB|
|Canoe Kayak Canada||Evie McDonald||Carleton Place, ON|
|Rugby Canada||Faith Tilley||Victoria, BC|
|Rowing Canada||Fiona Elliott||Sarnia, ON|
|Rowing Canada||Hannah Elliott||Sarnia, ON|
|Canoe Kayak Canada||Julia Lilley Osende||Dartmouth, NS|
|Rugby Canada||Krista Scurfield||Canmore, AB|
|Freestyle Canada||Kylar Rathwell||Beckwith, ON|
|Speed Skating Canada||Luca Veeman||Saskatoon, SK|
|Cycling Canada||Madeline Lebreton||Mississauga, ON|
|Canoe Kayak Canada||Maël Rivard||Ottawa, ON|
|Canoe Kayak Canada||Maren Bradley||Ottawa, ON|
|Canoe Kayak Canada||Mark Zielonka||Ottawa, ON|
|Canoe Kayak Canada||Marlee MacIntosh||Halifax, NS|
|Speed Skating Canada||Oskar Stack-Michasiw||Saskatoon, SK|
|Rowing Canada||Rian Lenarduzzi||North York, ON|
|Rowing Canada||Riley Richardson||Ottawa, ON|
|Freestyle Canada||Sarah Faith||Montreal, QC|
|Rugby Canada||Talia Hoffman||Guelph, ON|
|Freestyle Canada||Victor Primeau||Lac-Beauport, QC|
Erin Watchman, a Jr. National Team weightlifter in 2019, used the National Final to show her future Olympian abilities in the sport of Track Cycling. Among females 19 and over, Watchman had the second best Watt Bike (Speed) score the third best Vertical Jump score (Power), and was also top five in Standing Triple Jump (Power).
Andriks Terauds, a former National Team-calibre paddler with Canoe Kayak Canada, will also be pursuing Track Cycling as a result of his experience at the RBC Training Ground National Final. Among males 19 and over, Terauds recorded the third best result in Standing Long Jump (Power) and the second best result on the Watt Bike (Speed)
Madeline Lebreton and Rian Lenarduzzi used the RBC Training Ground National Final Endurance testing to secure their spots with their new sports. Lebreton, a long distance runner and swimmer, recorded a top three score on the Endurance Bike amongst females14-18 years old. She will now be pursuing distance Track Cycling with Cycling Canada’s next-gen program. Lenarduzzi, an International-level beach volleyball star, also recorded a top three result – amongst females 19+ – on the Endurance Bike. Lenarduzzi is now training with Rowing Canada.