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Six Atlantic Canadians join RBC Olympians Program

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

HALIFAX, JANUARY 8, 2018 – RBC recently announced 57 elite Canadian athletes as 2018 RBC Olympians, including six athletes from Atlantic Canada.

Marshall Hughes, a kayaker from Fall River, NS, has produced impressive results at the junior, under 23 and senior level. He most recently finished 10th in men’s K4 at the 2017 World Championships, and is a World Cup and Pan American Championship medalist.

Hannah MacIntosh is a canoer from Dartmouth, NS. A Junior World, Pan American Championship and World Cup medalist, MacIntosh is a strong ambassador for the sport. With women’s canoe recently confirmed as a new Olympic event for 2020, MacIntosh has her sights set on the podium in Tokyo.

Alex Scott, Halifax, NS, is currently the fastest kayaker in Canada, winning Canadian National Team Trials 2017. Scott was a part of the Canadian K4 that finished 4th at the 2017 U23 World Championships and made his Senior Worlds debut at the 2017 World Championships. An alternate for the 2016 Olympic Games, Scott is working toward the podium in 2020.

Mark James is a canoer from Dartmouth, NS. James is coming off his most successful season yet, teaming up with Olympic bronze medalist Mark Oldershaw to race C2 1000 at the World Championships. He is a Junior and U23 World Championship veteran and multi-time Pan American Championship medalist.

Max Flinn, from Chester, NS, has represented Canada many times in his sailing career, most notably at the 2012 ISAF Youth Sailing Worlds in Dublin, Ireland, where he still holds the best finish in Canadian history. Now competing in the 49er, Max is a member of the Canadian National Sailing Team working toward his goal of winning at the 2019 Pan American Games.

An aspiring Olympian from Saint John, NB, Luke Couture is an internationally ranked badminton player. Couture’s favourite moment as an athlete was competing alongside his friends and training partners at the 2014 Pan Am Championships as part of Team Canada, beating the U.S. 3-2 to win gold in front of a roaring crowd.

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.

 

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For more information, please contact:

Hannah Vaughan, Public Relations Coordinator, RBC Atlantic, 902-421-2084, [email protected]