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RBC now accepting applications for its Olympians program

Opportunity for elite athletes to share experiences, develop career skills and receive financial support

TORONTO, May 13, 2015 -  It can be incredibly difficult to balance the need for training with the reality of making a living for most amateur athletes. Understanding the real financial and training pressures facing athletes today, as well as the challenges of starting a new career path, RBC has been assisting athletes to succeed both in competition and life after sport for more than a decade through its RBC Olympians Program. Today, RBC announced its call for applications, inviting current and recently-retired Olympic and Paralympic athletes as well as Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls to apply online for a two-year contract.

The RBC Olympians Program, which began in 2002, is a national initiative that provides elite athletes with an opportunity to gain valuable career experience in conjunction with a flexible work schedule, to allow the time necessary to train and compete on the world stage. The skills and experiences gained will help them achieve success both on and off the field. Since its inception, more than 200 Olympic and Paralympic athletes have participated in the program.
“When I retired from rowing, I had a few ideas about what I wanted to do next but was unsure how to make the transition,” said Brian Price, RBC Olympian and 2012 Olympic silver medalist and 2008 Olympic gold medalist. “RBC has been a terrific partner in helping me find a new career path. They understand the pressures facing today’s athletes and offer flexible work schedules, funding and relevant career training to help us be successful in sport or in the office.”

The RBC Olympians Program encourages athletes to act as community ambassadors in cities and towns across Canada — to share past experiences and Olympic accomplishments with students, communities, clients and employees. These athlete ambassadors work to champion and raise awareness about the importance of sport in daily life, inspiring the next generation to be physically active, make healthy decisions and participate in sport, no matter the level.

Committed to supporting amateur sport in Canada from grassroots to elite-level athletes, some of the athletes who have participated include: Jennifer Botterill, gold medalist in Ice Hockey at the 2010, 2006 and 2002 Olympic Games; Brad Jacobs, gold medalist in curling at the 2014 Olympic Games; Scott Frandsen, 2-time Olympian in Rowing, and silver medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games; Adam Lancia, 3-time Paralympian and gold medalist in 2004 & 2012 and silver medalist in 2008 at the Paralympic Games in Wheelchair Basketball; and Kristina Groves, 2-time Olympian in Speed Skating, and double silver medalist at the 2006 Olympic Games and silver and bronze medalist at the 2010 Games.

The deadline for applications is June 26, 2015. To apply online and more information about the RBC Olympians Program can be found here.

RBC supports amateur sport, from grassroots events in local communities to national sport associations that support the development of amateur athletes who compete at home and abroad. As the longest-standing supporter of Canada’s Olympic Team, since 1947, RBC is also a Premier Sponsor of Hockey Canada.

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For more information or to arrange an interview with an RBC Olympian, please contact:

Jackie Braden, Brand & Corporate Citizenship Communications,
RBC, 416-974-6286