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Team RBC welcomes 55 elite Canadian athletes to RBC Olympians program ahead of Beijing 2022

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New RBC Olympians roster includes Tokyo 2020 medallists, RBC Training Ground alumni and strong contingent of Beijing 2022 hopefuls

TORONTO, Oct. 14, 2021 /CNW/ - Today, 55 elite Canadian athletes were announced as part of the 2021-2023 RBC Olympians roster. The roster includes an impressive group of Beijing 2022 hopefuls from communities across Canada, including Chloé and Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Freestyle Skiing - Moguls), Justin Kripps (Bobsleigh), Marie-Philip Poulin and Sarah Nurse (Ice Hockey), and Mark McMorris (Snowboard), among others. The roster also includes Canada's most decorated Olympian Penny Oleksiak (Swimming) and RBC Training Ground program graduates and Tokyo 2020 Olympic champions Avalon Wasteneys (Rowing) and Kelsey Mitchell (Track Cycling).

Olympic-medallist Sarah Nurse (Ice Hockey) joins Team RBC among 55 Canadian athletes, ahead of Beijing 2022. Photo credit: Matthew Murnaghan / Hockey Canada Images (CNW Group/RBC)
Olympic-medallist Sarah Nurse (Ice Hockey) joins Team RBC among 55 Canadian athletes, ahead of Beijing 2022. Photo credit: Matthew Murnaghan / Hockey Canada Images (CNW Group/RBC)

The RBC Olympians program is a national initiative that provides support to Canadian athletes, helping them succeed in international competition, and as they transition into life after sport. In addition to much-needed financial support, the program provides athletes with opportunities to gain valuable career experience alongside flexible work arrangements. As a part of Team RBC, these athletes also act as ambassadors, spreading RBC and Olympic shared values of teamwork, excellence, commitment and leadership to communities across Canada. Since its inception in 2002, hundreds of active and newly retired Olympic and Paralympic athletes have benefited from the program.

The 2021-2023 RBC Olympians roster includes nine RBC Olympians who were discovered through RBC Training Ground, a national talent identification and athlete funding program designed to uncover and support Next Generation athletes with Olympic potential. For the first time since the program's inception in 2016, program graduates competed on the world stage at Tokyo 2020, winning a total of four Olympic medals.

As the longest standing partner of Team Canada, RBC has proudly championed the growth of the Olympic Movement since 1947. Through initiatives like RBC Training Ground and the RBC Olympians program, RBC is proud to support amateur athletes at every stage of their careers – from up and coming next-generation talent, to multi-Games Olympic medallists.

"We are incredibly proud to welcome a new roster of RBC Olympians to Team RBC ahead of Beijing 2022," said Matt McGlynn, Vice-President, Brand Marketing, RBC. "This summer was exciting to watch RBC Olympians and RBC Training Ground graduates make Canada proud, bringing home a total of 12 medals. We look forward to supporting our new RBC Olympians on their journey to the Beijing 2022 Games and beyond."

"RBC has been such an integral part of every step of my skiing career," said Marion Thénault, RBC Olympian and Beijing 2022 hopeful (Freestyle Skiing - Aerials). "I got recruited in aerial skiing through an RBC Training Ground event, received support for the first years of my career through the RBC Future Olympian program, and now I'm becoming an RBC Olympian as the Beijing 2022 Games approach. I feel privileged to be part of such an empowering community alongside incredible Canadian athletes."

"I have always admired what RBC was doing with its athletes and its involvement in the community," said Justine Dufour-Lapointe, RBC Olympian and Olympic champion (Freestyle Skiing - Moguls). I always wanted to be part of it and now that I am, especially with my sister Chloé, it gets me excited to give back. My sisters and I have been involved in our community for a couple of years now, and I am happy to have the opportunity to take it to another level." – Justine Dufour-Lapointe

"I am very grateful to partner with a brand that supports the goals and dreams of so many incredible athletes," said Sarah Nurse, RBC Olympian and Olympic-medallist (Ice Hockey). "RBC has held a special place in my heart since I was young, my grandmother worked there for 20+ years and it was the first bank I ever used."

2021-2023 RBC Olympians:




Alexandra ten Hove


Kingston, ON

Amanda Rummery

Para Athletics

Sherwood Park, AB

Anna Negulic

Canoe/Kayak Sprint

Bedford, NS

Ann-Renée Desbiens

Ice Hockey

La Malbaie, QC

Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu

Long Track Speed


Sherbrooke, QC

Arianna Hunsicker

Para Swimming

Surrey, BC

Avalon Wasteneys


Campbell River, BC

Ben Preisner


Milton, ON

Bismark Boateng


Toronto, ON

Bolade Ajomale


Richmond Hill, ON

Bret Himmelman

Canoe/Kayak Sprint

Hammonds Plains,


Brigette Lacquette

Ice Hockey

Mallard, MB

Chloé Dufour-Lapointe

Freestyle Skiing (Moguls)

Montréal, QC

Christopher Spring


Priddis, AB

Cynthia Appiah


London, ON

Darren Gardner

Snowboard (Alpine)

Burlington, ON

Eden Wilson


Brandon, MB

Elena Gaskell

Freestyle Skiing

(Slopestyle/Big Air)

Vernon, BC

Ellie Black

Artistic Gymnastics

Halifax, NS

Florence Maheu

Canoe/Kayak Slalom


Valleyfield, QC

Haley Daniels

Canoe/Kayak Slalom

Calgary, AB

Jacqueline Simoneau

Artistic Swimming

Saint-Laurent, QC

James Dunn

Para Ice Hockey

Wallacetown, ON

Javier Acevedo


Scarborough, ON

Jean-Benoit Lemay

Canoe/Kayak Slalom

Ottawa, ON

Jennifer Hawkrigg

Snowboard (Alpine)

Toronto, ON

Jennifer Martins


Toronto, ON

Justin Kripps


Summerland, BC

Justine Dufour-Lapointe

Freestyle Skiing (Moguls)

Montreal, QC

Jordan Stewart


Vaughan, ON

Kate Wright

Field Hockey

Kingston, ON

Kayden Johnson


Kerrobert, SK

Keely Shaw

Para Cycling

Midale, SK

Kelsey Mitchell

Track Cycling

Sherwood Park, AB

Larissa Franklin


Maple Ridge, BC

Laurent Dubreuil

Long Track Speed


Lévis, QC

Liam Hickey

Para Ice Hockey

St John's, NL

Lisa Weagle


Ottawa, ON

Madeleine Kelly


Pembroke, ON

Mandy Bujold


Kitchener, ON

Marie-Philip Poulin

Ice Hockey

Beauceville, QC

Marion Thénault

Freestyle Skiing (Aerials)

Sherbrooke, QC

Mark McMorris


(Slopestyle/Big Air)

Regina, SK

Meaghan Mikkelson

Ice Hockey

St. Albert, AB

Melissa Humana-Paredes

Beach Volleyball

Toronto, ON

Miranda Ayim


London, ON

Pamphinette Buisa


Gatineau, QC

Penny Oleksiak


Toronto, ON

Pierce LePage


Whitby, ON

Renata Fast

Ice Hockey

Burlington, ON

Roni Remme

Alpine Skiing

Collingwood, ON

Sara Villani


Fort McMurray, AB

Sarah Nurse

Ice Hockey

Hamilton, ON

Skylar Park


Winnipeg, MB

Valérie Maltais

Long Track Speed


Saguenay (La

Baie), QC

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