Young Indigenous athletes from across Canada will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of representatives from the country’s national sport organizations (NSOs), as RBC Training Ground adds dedicated testing events leading up to the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) 2023 in Halifax, Nova Scotia in July.
Each year, RBC Training Ground holds qualifying events from coast to coast as they look for Canada’s next Olympic hopefuls aged 14-25. Top athletes receive funding, mentorship and a chance to get matched with an Olympic sport that best suits their athletic skills. By holding additional testing events for NAIG provincial delegations as they prepare for NAIG 2023, RBC Training Ground hopes to remove some of the barriers that young Indigenous athletes often face.
This RBC Training Ground initiative is being lauded by Brigette Lacquette, the first First Nations woman to play for the Canadian Olympic women’s hockey team, and Eden Wilson, a pilot on Canada’s national bobsleigh team. Both Lacquette and …