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Burin Bay Arm runner takes part in RBC Training Ground regional final

Olivia Ryan of Burin Bay Arm was one of 100 athletes selected to attend the RBC Training Ground regional final for Atlantic Canada in Halifax, N.S.
Olivia Ryan of Burin Bay Arm was one of 100 athletes selected to attend the RBC Training Ground regional final for Atlantic Canada in Halifax, N.S.

BURIN, NL - Olivia Ryan recently had the opportunity to take part in the RBC Training Ground regional final for Atlantic Canada in Halifax, N.S.

“I thought it was really fun, and it was a good experience,” said the 14-year-old from Burin Bay Arm.

RBC Training Ground helps identify potential future Canadian Olympians.

Ryan travelled to St. John’s for the qualifying event and was selected as one of only 100 athletes to attend the one-day regional event in Nova Scotia on June 10. She was one of just eight athletes from Newfoundland and Labrador who made the cut.

Ryan placed in the top 10 in three of the exercises that the athletes had to take part in — standing long jump, triple jump, and 40-metre sprint.

She was happy with her result in each of the events.

“I think I did really well, because I was at the lower end of the age (group), because you had to be between 14 and 25 — so I think I did pretty good considering that,” Ryan said.

There were other athletes the same age as Ryan, but the majority were between the ages of 18-25.

All in all she said that it was a worthwhile event to take part in.

“I got to meet a lot of new friends,” she said. “I got to see what my strengths were and some things I need to work on, and I also got to see how I compare to others in Atlantic Canada.”

Ryan said that it is something that she would like to do again.

“I might wait until I’m a bit older, cause then I would probably have a better chance, but yeah I would like to do it again.”

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