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Amateur athletes sought for Olympic testing in Kamloops

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January 30, 2017 - 6:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - Calling all Olympic hopefuls, testing will happen next week in Kamloops.

PacificSport Interior B.C. is hosting an athlete identification camp on Feb. 12 as a way to find athletes who might be able to find a spot on an Olympic bound team.

Spokesperson Eryn Bulmer Barrett says the regional RBC Training Ground Event will test aspiring gold medalists in a variety of basic abilities and physical attributes to see if they have what it takes.

“Athletes might have potential for sports they didn’t know had potential,” she says.

For example she says gymnasts might have an aptitude for aerial ski jumping, or a sprinter might turn out to be a strong candidate for bobsledding. During testing last year she says a 16-year-old female hockey player in Vancouver came out to be tested, and has joined the national rowing team.

Kamloops will be hosting a regional qualifier, which means testing will take place and then people who qualify will be sent to Vancouver for overall testing with coach from some national teams in attendance.

Test will include basic physical ability tests, like sprints and strength along with basic anthropometrics, which means they’ll measure an athletes height, weight, wingspan and similar aspects.

The Kamloops camp will take place on Feb. 12 at the Tournament Capital Centre from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Athletes are required to register in advance online. The finals will be in Richmond March 4.

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