Miranda Sallis, manager of performance services at Canadian Sport Institute in Calgary was in Red Deer at the Canadian Olympic Committee and RBC initiative to find potential Olympians in Central Alberta. Photo by Mamta Lulla/Advocate staff

Olympian hopefuls compete in Red Deer

About 80 athletes tested their skills in hopes to make their Olympic dreams come true at St. Joseph High School on Sunday.

The Canadian Olympic Committee and RBC initiative was in Red Deer for the first time to bring new and undiscovered athletes into Canada’s Olympic talent pool. Thirty similar events are taking place across Canada over the next few months.

Miranda Sallis, manager of performance services at Canadian Sport Institute in Calgary, said the athletes were tested for power, speed, strength and endurance on Sunday.

Mark Armstrong, a gymnast from Central Alberta, said he is trying to figure out what else he would be good at.

“I wanted to see if there’s anything else I am missing out on,” he said.

One hundred top performing athletes across Alberta will advance to an Alberta regional final in Calgary on April 21 or begin further testing with specific sports.

Sallis said local or provincial sports organization representatives at the talent hunt had partnered with national sports bodies and were helping with testing.

Athletes took part in the event for free.

See related: Search for Olympic talent in Central Alberta


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Emily Brown, 17, from Stettler came to Red Deer on Sunday. She was one of the close to 97 athletes that were registered to test strength, endurance and power at the Olympic talent search event. Photo by Mamta Lulla/Advocate staff

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