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Top Canadian Athletes Join RBC Olympian Family

Over 50 Olympians and Olympic hopefuls make Canada proud

TORONTO, September 27, 2017 - Today, 57 elite Canadian athletes were announced as 2018 RBC Olympians. The roster includes 2018 PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic contenders Patrick Chan, Marie Philip Poulin, Spencer O'Brien, Tyler McGregor, Alex Harvey and Gilmore Junio.

The RBC Olympian program is a national initiative that offers top athletes the opportunity to focus on training and competing while receiving much-needed financial support. The athletes serve as community ambassadors, attending hundreds of community and charitable appearances and bringing the Olympic message of teamwork, excellence and leadership to communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

In addition, RBC Olympians have access to flexible work opportunities that provide practical job skills and experiences – helping them succeed both on and off the field of play. Since 2002, over 250 current and retired Olympic and Paralympic athletes have participated in the program, with some becoming full-time RBC employees.

Quotes:

“RBC understands the demands we face as athletes, and what we need to move forward both in sport and in life. In addition to invaluable job skills and mentoring opportunities with other Olympians, being an RBC Olympian allows me to share my Olympic experience and passion for sport with people across the country.”
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Sarah Wells, Olympic hurdler, three-time RBC Olympian

“We recognize that the road to the Olympics isn’t an easy one, and that’s why RBC continues to make a significant commitment to Canadian athletes through the RBC Olympians program. We want to make sure that athletes can stay focused on their Olympic dreams while also honing the skills they need to be successful in life after sport.”
- Matt McGlynn, Vice President, Brand Marketing RBC

2017-2019 RBC Olympians:

Western Canada and Prairies

ATHLETE SPORT HOMETOWN

Meghan Grant

Cycling

Delta BC

Justin Kripps

Bobsleigh

Vancouver BC

Emily Young

Para-Biathlon

Vancouver BC

Jamie Broder

Beach Volleyball

Victoria BC

Spencer O'Brien

Slopestyle Snowboard

Alert Bay BC

Laura Brown

Cycling

Vancouver BC

John Smythe

Field Hockey

Vancouver BC

Mercedes Nicoll

Snowboard (Halfpipe)

Whistler BC

Brady Leman

Ski Cross

Calgary AB

Anastasia Bucsis

Speed Skating

Calgary AB

Gilmore Junio

Speed Skating

Calgary AB

Barrett Martineau

Skeleton

Calgary AB

Kristi Lay

Cyclist

Medicine Hat AB

Sam Effah

Track and Field

Calgary AB

Natasha Kramble

Wrestling

Saskatoon SK

Mark McMorris

Slopestyle Snowboard

Regina SK

Zach Bell

Cycling

Whitehorse YT

Tyler Mislawchuk

Triathlon

Oak Bluff MB

Jennifer Botterill

Hockey

Winnipeg MB

Colin Mathieson

Wheelchair racing

Winnipeg MB

Jill Officer

Curling

Winnipeg MB

Halli Krzyzaniak

Hockey

Neepawa MB

James Lavallee

Sprint Kayak

Winnipeg MB

Ontario

ATHLETE SPORT HOMETOWN

Will Crothers

Rowing

Kingston ON

Brianne Jenner

Hockey

Oakville ON

Patrick Chan

Figure Skating

Toronto ON

Travis Gerrits

Aerials

Milton ON

Penny Oleksiak

Swimming

Toronto ON

Lanni Marchant

Marathon

London ON

Cynthia Appiah

Bobsled

Toronto ON

Sarah Wells

Track and Field

Unionville ON

Pierce LePage

Decathlon

Whitby ON

Michelle Toro

Swimming    

Toronto ON

Mark Oldershaw

Canoe-Kayak

Burlington ON

Becky Kellar-Duke

Hockey

Hagersville ON

Michael Tayler

Canoe/Kayak

Ottawa ON

Brittany MacLean

Swimming

Mississauga ON

Korey Jarvis

Wrestling

Elliott Lake ON

Tyler McGregor

Sledge Hockey

Forest ON

Karen Cockburn

Trampoline

Toronto ON

Gavin Smellie

Track and Field

Brampton ON

Melissa Humana-Parades

Beach Volleyball

Toronto ON

Aaron Brown

Sprinting/Athletics

Toronto ON

Quebec

ATHLETE SPORT HOMETOWN

Caroline Ouellette

Hockey

Montreal QC

Marc-Antoine Gagnon

Moguls Skiing

Terrebonne QC

Alex Harvey

Nordic Skiing

St-Férréol-les-Neiges QC

Mikael Kingsbury

Moguls Skiing

Sainte-Agathe-Des-Monts QC

Marie Philip Poulin

Hockey

Beauceville QC

Lizanne Murphy

Basketball

Montreal QC

Jacqueline Simoneau

Synchronized Swimming

Saint Laurent QC

Sandrine Mainville

Swimming    

Longueuil QC

Atlantic         

ATHLETE SPORT HOMETOWN

Luke Couture

Badminton

Saint John NB

Alex Scott

Canoe Sprint

Bedford NS

Hannah MacIntosh

Canoe/kayak

Dartmouth NS

Mark James

Canoe/kayak

Dartmouth NS

Marshall Hughes

Canoe/kayak

Waverley NS

Maxwell Flinn

Sailing

Chester NS

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For more information, please contact:

Michelle Yao, Brand Communications, RBC, (647) 618-3792