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Canada showcased its athletic talent once again during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia. Representing in a huge way, Team Canada finished with 82 medals – 15 gold, 40 silver and 27 bronze.
The Commonwealth Games took place from April 4th through 15th and welcomed over 6,600 athletes and team officials from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories.
This year was unique as we welcomed three high performance athletes that were top performers through RBC Training Ground. Pierce LePage and Patrice St. Louis-Pivin – top performers from 2016 and Lauriane Genest – top performer from 2017.
Lauriane Genest took part in her first international competition and came out of it breaking a new Canadian cycling record in Women’s Sprint with a 10.757 second finish. Fellow cyclist Patrice St.Louis-Pivin also did remarkably well, coming in 4th in the Men’s Team Sprint.
Another first-time international competition athlete, Pierce LePage, was the breakout star grabbing silver in decathlon.
RBC Training Ground is a talent identification and athlete funding program designed to uncover athletes with Olympic potential and provide them with the high-performance sport resources they need to achieve their podium dreams. The program is in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Olympic Foundation, as well as Nation Sports Federations, the COPSI Network and CBC Sports.
If the talent of these amazing individuals at the Commonwealth Games gives any insight into the future of our Canadian Olympians, the future is definitely golden.