Talent Search

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The Talent Search Mission

'To identify and develop potential elite athletes who can achieve success at national and international level'

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Current Talent Search Campaigns

Have you got what it takes to be an Olympic Champion?

Then Come & Try an Olympic Sport

During the 2016 Rio Olympics the South Australian Sports Institute will be giving you the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of our Olympic Champions. Have you got what it takes to become the next big thing?

The following sports will be on offer for you to try and you must possess the following criteria:

Rowing: Tall and strong with a good motor

Volleyball: Super tall and with excellent hand eye coordination

Canoe: Excellent core strength

Cycling: Powerful legs with a good engine

Email: ORSSASITalentSearch@sa.gov.au

Phone: 08 8457 1410

Facebook: SASI Talent Search

School-Based Testing

Talent Search in Schools

Each year all schools in South Australia are invited to participate in the SASI Talent Search Program. The program provides children with the opportunity to get involved in sports that many schools do not have access to. The Talent Search team works in cooperation with the school teachers to identify children who have the potential to excel in particular sports, based on basic and sport-specific testing.

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 2a: Advanced testing

Children who have met criteria for the age group and gender are invited to attend basic testing conducted by the Talent Search team. This is mainly held in schools, however catch up testing sessions are held for athletes unable to attend the testing in schools.

Phase 2b: Sport Specific testing

Where the data indicates the athlete may have the required attributes to perform well in a particular sport, the athlete may be invited to participate in sport-specific testing at SASI to identify if attribute required for the sport are held by the athlete.

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: 08 8457 1410
Email: ORSSASITalentSearch@sa.gov.au

Catch-Up Testing

Catch Up Talent Search Days

Catch up Talent Search sessions are held for children interested in the program but have been unable to attend previous testing. Children are invited to attend the catch up sessions if they:

  • Scored exceptionally well in one or more of the fitness test scores submitted by your PE teacher earlier this year
  • Missed a previous Talent Search testing session that you were eligible for; or
  • Registered your interest directly with SASI Talent Search to be a part of an upcoming session

Catch up testing sessions are held at weekends throughout the year at the South Australian Sports Institute.

For up to date information on the Talent Search testing sessions please follow us on Facebook: SASI Talent Search

Please register your interest in attending a catch up testing session via: DPTI.ORSSASITalentSearch@sa.gov.au

Talent Search Alumni

Talent Search Alumni

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)

Yellow Jersey in Stage One of Tour de France 2015

Common Wealth Games Silver Medallist, Glasgow 2014

Olympic Silver Medallist, London 2012

U23 World Championships Silver Medallist 2012

World Championships Silver Medallist 2012

World Championships Gold Medallist 2011

Annette Edmondson (Cycling)

World Championships Double Gold Medallist 2015

World Championships Bronze Medallist 2014

Common Wealth Games Gold & Silver Medallist, Glasgow 2014

World Championships Silver & Bronze Medallist 2013

Olympic Bronze Medallist, London 2012

World Championship Silver Medallist 2012

Scott McPhee (Cycling)

Paralympic Gold Medallist (tandem pursuit) London 2012

Damien Howson (Cycling)

World Championship Silver Medallist 2014

U23 World Championship Gold Medallist 2013

Chris Morgan (Rowing)

World Cup Gold Medallist 2013

Olympic Bronze Medallist London 2012

World Championship Gold Medallist 2011

World Cup Bronze Medallist 2011

World Championships Bronze Medallist 2010

Renee Chatterton (Rowing)

World Cup Gold Medallist 2013

World Championship Finalist 2013

FISA Olympic Qualification Regatta Gold Medallist 2012

Olympic Finalist London 2012

World Championship Silver Medallist 2011

U23 World Championships Silver Medallist 2010

Bryn Coudraye (Rowing)

Olympian London 2012

Hannah Davis (Canoe Sprint)

Olympic Double Bronze Medallist Beijing 2008

Olympian London 2012

World Championship Finalist 2013

World Championships Bronze Medallist 2011

World Cup Bronze Medallist 2011

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

For further information
Susan Bassett
Talent Search Coordinator
Phone: (08) 8457 1410
Email: ORSSASITalentSearch@sa.gov.au