Misty Blackmore at the RBC training ground in Calgary (KevinLight Photo)

Summer Blackmore wins RBC Future Olympian funding

Cranbrook’s Blackmore was one of just thirty athletes at the final, from a variety of sports, to earn funding.

Summer Blackmore’s Olympic dream just got a major boost.

Earlier this year the 17-year-old Grade 12 student at Mount Baker Secondary School attended a local RBC Training Ground event in Langley. Her performance in benchmark tests earned her one of 100 invites to the national final in Calgary. Her performance at the final has now earned her funding and dedicated attention from Rugby Canada.

Blackmore was one of just thirty athletes at the final, from a variety of sports, to earn funding.

RBC Training Ground is the national search for new Olympic talent. The program gives young Canadian athletes — no matter what sport or activity they are involved in — the chance to test their strength, speed, power and endurance in front of officials from Olympic sports. The program is designed to find and then provide newly discovered talent with the high performance sport resources it needs to achieve their podium dreams.

In 2019 close to 2,000 athletes between the ages of 14 and 25 participated in 30 local RBC Training Ground events. Top performers at local events were then invited to do sport specific testing. The top 100 prospects were then flown to Calgary for the talent search’s final leg in September. At the final the athletes completed strength, endurance, power and speed benchmark testing to measure the raw abilities required to excel on the Olympic stage for Canada.

Of the 100 athletes at the final, only the top 30 were awarded funding.

The funding, which can be used in the coming years for things like coaching, transportation, travel, equipment and nutrition, varies for each individual athlete and is administered by the participating national sport organization bringing the athlete into its system. The funding is provided by RBC.

National sport organizations participating in the program include Athletics, Canoe Kayak, Cycling, Freestyle Ski, Rowing, Rugby and Speed Skating.

While Blackmore was identified by national scouts from a sport she’s already playing, several identified athletes will now be training and competing in a brand new sport.

Ryan Gibson, a hockey player from Kingston, Ontario, will now be training with Speed Skating Canada.

Mégane Guénette, an artistic gymnast from Saint Jérome, Quebec will now be training with Freestyle Ski Canada.

And Skye Pellerin, a long distance runner from Ottawa Ontario, will now be in Cycling Canada’s Track Cycling program.

The complete list of 30 athletes identified and funded through the 2019 RBC Training Ground program will be available at rbctrainingground.ca in the coming days

Since 2016, RBC has provided $1.3 million in support to 87 different athletes identified through RBC Training Ground.

Brian Findlay

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Province looking at steps to dissolve Jumbo resort municipality

Disincorporating municipality will likely require a legislative change, according to the province

Coldest Night of the Year returns to Cranbrook in February

Canadian Mental Health Association Kootenays plans to raise $20K

Almost 20,000 parking tickets issued by Interior Health at hospitals in 2019

In 2018, pay parking in Interior Health hospitals totalled $5.3 million of their $2.2-billion budget

New autonomous technology program debuting at College of the Rockies

The College of the Rockies is launching a new two-year Autonomous Systems… Continue reading

City to co-host climate info session in February

City, environmental organizations invite public for discussions on climate change and action

Four things ‘not’ to do if you run into Prince Harry and Meghan in B.C.

Here is a list of some things you definitely should NOT do, according to the BBC

B.C.-based Coulson Aviation C-130 crashes in Australia

Three people are confirmed dead in the crash in New South Wales

Veteran B.C. journalist battles cancer through pioneering immunotherapy treatment

Vancouver Island rallies around JR Rardon and family during stay in Seattle

New nasal spray launched in Canada to combat hypoglycemic shock in diabetics

Baqsimi is a nasal spray contains three milligrams of glucagon

Prices for recreational marijuana in B.C. down from a year ago

New inflation figures show gasoline, housing and certain kinds of food cost more

B.C. RCMP spent roughly $750K on massive manhunt for Port Alberni men

Manitoba RCMP helped with 17-day search through the province’s northern terrain

Future space homes could be made of mushrooms

NASA explores use of fungi to build structures in space

Man killed by police in Lytton called 911, asking to be shot: RCMP

Howard Schantz, also known as Barry Schantz was killed following a standoff at his Lytton home

Most Read