Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton and its team of medal-winning athletes are readying themselves to blanket the country this summer in search of Canada’s next generation of Olympic champions.
The national body will slide into major cities across the country including – Hamilton, Toronto, Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Vancouver and Calgary – in search of hard-working motivated athletes with strength, speed and power.
“Our sports, especially bobsleigh, tend to be picked up by athletes in their late teens or early 20s – athletes who have enjoyed success on other playing fields,” said Chris Le Bihan, high-performance director, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton. “We have worked with our provincial association partners to locate some of the hotbeds of multisport activity, and scheduled recruitment camps to allow those athletes to test themselves against our standards, and hopefully entice our next generation of champions to the sport.”
For a nominal $20 fee, athletes in the targeted cities can be assessed against the recruitment standards, which include speed testing for 15- and 30-metre starts, along with various strength requirements.
“We are looking for serious athletes who demonstrate explosive strength, power, and speed,” said Le Bihan. “There’s also a huge need for our athletes to have a team mentality.”
National Recruitment Camp schedule:
May 12 – Hamilton
David Braley Centre – McMaster University
Arrival: 11 a.m.
May 13 – Toronto
Toronto PanAm Centre
Arrival: 12 Noon
June 9 – Halifax
Canada Games Centre
Arrival: 10 a.m.
June 16 – Ottawa
Louis Riel Dome
Arrival: 9 a.m.
June 17 – Montreal
Tomlinson Fieldhouse – McGill University
Arrival – 10 a.m.
July 28 – Winnipeg
Max Bell Centre
Arrival: 10 a.m.
August 11 – Edmonton
Arrival: 12 noon
Dates, times and locations for Calgary, Vancouver and Saskatoon camps will be announced shortly.