Luke Demetre was a track and field athlete at Dalhousie University, but when the Canadian bobsleigh team saw him, they thought he had the body and skills to be a bobsledder.
He gave it a shot, and a couple of years later was competing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
"For bobsled you need to be tall and fast and just generally a bigger human being and fortunately I fit the bill at the time," he said.
Ages 14 to 25
On Sunday, Island athletes between the ages of 14 and 25 will be given the chance to find out whether they have what it takes to be an Olympian — and, like Demetre, not necessarily in the sport they play. It's part of a national search underway by the Canadian Olympic Committee and the RBC Training Ground.
Athletes, regardless of their sport, will test their strength, endurance and speed in front of national sports officials. Each athlete will receive a report card highlighting their strengths and weaknesses.
"You never know what you'll actually be really good at and who will walk up to you and say, 'Do you want to come try out our sport?'" Demetre, of New Glasgow, N.S., said on CBC's Mainstreet P.E.I.
"It's basically taking all the chance out of finding that next Olympian."
Free to register
It is free to register and athletes are encouraged to participate, "even if it's only just to find out where you stand ranked on a national average," Demetre said.
Registration begins Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre at UPEI and testing will run until about 2 p.m. Local athletes are encouraged to sign up in advance at rbctrainingground.ca.
The top performers in Charlottetown will be invited to a regional final in Halifax on June 10.
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