HALTON – Observe bike owner and highschool pupil Cole Dempster has Olympic potential.
He was chosen for the nationwide closing of RBC Coaching Floor, the Canadian Olympic Committee’s annual Canada-wide expertise search.
Of two,200 athletes who attended qualifier occasions to compete for a spot on Group Canada, Dempster is without doubt one of the 100 chosen to take part within the nationwide closing.
All athletes invited to the ultimate have been deemed to have nice Olympic potential.
From there, the highest 30 athletes might be chosen for a spot on Group Canada, in addition to funding and an accelerated path to the Olympics.
Dempster, 17, was additionally chosen for the RBC Coaching Floor Nationwide Remaining final 12 months, and earlier this 12 months he gained bronze within the Junior World Observe Championships in Columbia.
Dempster mentioned the ultimate final 12 months gave him an enormous motivational increase.
Athletes are examined in 4 areas: energy, endurance, energy and velocity, Dempster advised the Advertiser throughout an interview in his household’s vibrant county dwelling southeast of Rockwood.
The household is not any stranger to athletic success, as Cole’s sister Madison additionally made it to the RBC Coaching Floor closing for observe biking.
Dempster mentioned he “positively couldn’t imagine” he was chosen.
He grew up competing in observe and subject and in addition performed basketball, volleyball and different sports activities, and he has cycled competitively since he was about 10.
His ardour for observe sprinting blossomed a pair years in the past.
What Dempster loves most about observe biking is his staff – “being with them is a big honour,” he mentioned.
His teammates embrace Kelsey Mitchell, the Olympic gold medal winner who beat a world-record inside lower than two years of her first velodrome journey.
Dempster mentioned everybody on the staff encourages and cheers for each other and the extra skilled athletes like Mitchell provide useful recommendation.
He talked in regards to the thrill of the velocity of biking, and the way it appears like flying.
“The G-force pushing you on is superb,” he mentioned.
Dempster is aiming to compete within the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles, and to put inside the high 10 athletes.
And subsequent 12 months, he desires to win the Junior World Observe Championships.
He’s aiming to interrupt a world report, too, for the 200-metre dash. And he’s on observe to take action, Dempster mentioned, calling the world report “positively in attain.”
Dempster mentioned just a few years in the past he would have known as these ambitions desires, however now they’re lifelike targets.
He takes his coaching critically, biking 4 instances every week for about three hours at a time, and figuring out on the health club thrice every week for two-hour periods.
And that’s whereas sustaining educational obligations as a Grade 12 pupil at Acton District Excessive College.
He mentioned supportive lecturers are an enormous assist with this.
Dempster has been coaching with Canada’s Nationwide Group since final 12 months, after qualifying for the worlds. He’s is the youngest bike owner ever on Canada’s Nationwide Group.
He cycles on a velodrome observe in Milton – one in all solely two Union Cycliste Worldwide accepted tracks in Canada.
His bike is a Argon 18 Electron Professional – the mannequin used on the Rio Olympics.
“Observe biking is predicated a lot on expertise and costly gear,” which is unhappy, he mentioned, as there are proficient athletes with critical potential who’re held again by the inaccessibility of buying a high-end racing bike.
Biking Canada coach Tanya Dubnicoff mentioned “Cole has made an amazing transformation in a single 12 months.”
She began working with Dempster after he was recognized at an RBC Coaching Floor occasion in 2022.
“Together with his inclusion into the Nationwide Group program in Might, he has benefitted from high teaching and on-track coaching,” she states in a press launch.
The RBC Coaching Floor Nationwide Remaining might be held in Toronto on Dec. 2, and outcomes might be introduced early subsequent 12 months.