Talent Search

Current Talent Search Campaigns

Have you got what it takes to be a Cycling Champion? (PDF, 481 KB)

Rohan Dennis Yellow Jersey TDF

Talent 4 Tokyo 2020 - Are you the next Olympic Champion?

A new and improved Talent Search Campaign is starting for the build up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Talent 4 Tokyo aims to identify high school students with the right physiological attributes that are required for success in elite level sport, and provide these students with the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Over the past 15 years the SASI Talent Search Program has identified and developed a number of athletes who have represented Australia at Olympic Games and World Championships. At the 2012 London Olympics, 8 athletes identified by the SASI Talent Search program competed for Australia.

There will be a number of testing sessions consisting of some basic physical and physiological measures held in August and September.

To register your interest - please send your name, age and contact details to the SASI Talent Search Coordinator at ORSSASITalentSearch@sa.gov.au 

Facebook 'Rate Yourself' Facebook

Submit your details and results of any fitness tests you may have done through our ''Rate Yourself' Facebook application. If we think you might have potential to take it to the next level, we will contact you to invite you to a testing session.

Instructional videos are available for each of the following ratings:

ArmspanVertical Jump20m Sprint20m Shuttle Run (beep test)

If you don't have a Facebook account send in your details by email to ORSSASITalentSearch@sa.gov.au. We'll need:

  • your contact details (name, gender, date of birth, email address, phone number), and if you can, please include
  • measurements/results for: height, weight, arm span, vertical jump, 20m sprint and multi stage (beep) test.

About Talent Search 

Have you got the potential to be a world class athlete?

The SASI Talent Search Program seeks to increase the number of South Australians achieving success on the world stage. 

The program primarily aims to identify and develop young South Australians aged between 12 to 21 years in sports they have not previously competed in.

Your physical and physiological characteristics may indicate that you have the potential to make it in a sport  – even if you've never tried it before.

Currently SASI conducts Talent Search Programs in:

See current campaigns and talent search in schools to find out more about current talent testing activities.

Find out about our talent search results – the champions who have been found by the program already

Talent Search Results

The talent search program complements existing sporting talent pathways and has successfully identified and developed many world champion and Olympic medallists:

  • 22 Olympic representations: 13 rowing, 4 cycling, 3 canoe sprint and 1 volleyball
  • Australian team representatives: 70+ Senior and 110+ U23 and Junior

SASI Talent Search athletes who have represented Australia at Olympic and World Championship events include:

Rohan Dennis (Cycling)

Olympic Silver Medallist London 2012, World Cycling Championships Silver Medallist 2012, World Cycling Championships Gold Medallist 2011

Annette Edmondson (Cycling)

Olympic Bronze Medallist London 2012, World Cycling Championships Silver & Bronze Medallist 2013, World Championship Silver Medallist 2012

Scott McPhee (Cycling)

Paralympic Gold Medallist (tandem pursuit) London 2012

Damien Howson (Cycling)

World Championship U23 (Time Trial) Gold Medallist 2013

Chris Morgan (Rowing)

Olympic Bronze Medallist London 2012

Renee Chatterton (Rowing)

World Championship finalist 2013, Olympic finalist London 2012, World Championship Silver Medallist 2011

Bryn Coudraye (Rowing)

Olympian London 2012

Hannah Davis (Canoe Sprint)

Olympic Bronze Medallist Beijing 2008, Olympian London 2012, World Championship finalist 2013

Becharra Palmer (Beach Volleyball)

Olympian London 2012, U21 World Championship Silver Medal 2007, U19 World Championship Gold Medallist 2006

Kate Barclay (Canoe Sprint)

Olympian Athens 2004

Talent Search in Schools

Phase 1: School Based testing

The SASI Talent Search Program is open to all South Australian secondary schools willing to participate. Results can be submitted to SASI by the teacher using a spreadsheet to record the data.

Phase 2: Advanced testing / Sport Specific testing

Where the initial data indicates the athlete may have the required attributes to perform well in a particular sport, the athlete may be invited to Phase 2 testing conducted at the school or at SASI by the SASI Talent Search testing team.

Phase 3: Talent Development

Phase 3 is the crucial stage where athletes who have tested successfully are invited to join a talented athlete program organised by SASI and the relevant State Sporting Association. The program provides athletes with specialised coaching and sport science/medicine support to nurture the athlete and fast-track development.

For further information
Susan Bassett
Talent Search Coordinator
Phone: 1300 714 990
Email: ORSSASITalentSearch@sa.gov.au