Talent Search

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

About Talent Search

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

The SASI Talent Search Program aims to identify athletes aged between 12 and 20 years that have the potential to represent Australia on a national and international level.

SASI looks at athletes’ physical, anthropological and physiological characteristics to identify whether they have the potential to be Australia’s next Olympic Champion. This is based on a range of tests conducted by the SASI Talent Search team ranging from generic fitness testing, to sport specific tests across the four sports that SASI works with. As a result, SASI will often identify athletes that could excel in a sport that they have never tried before.

Currently, SASI conducts Talent Search Programs in:

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Facebook @talentsearchsasi

Instagram @sasi_talentsearch

Current Talent Search Campaigns

School-Based Testing

Participating in the SASI Talent Search program gives students the opportunity to be identified from thousands and the potential to follow in the footsteps of Olympic medalists.

Stage 1: School Based testing

In Stage 1, all of the South Australian secondary schools, and some primary schools, are invited to participate in the SASI Talent Search testing program. The testing includes 20m sprint, vertical jump height, beep test, height, weight and arm span.

Open Testing Day

Open testing days are held at SASI and anyone 12 - 17 years of age can be tested. If your school is not involved in Talent Search or you missed out on being tested at your school please contact the SASI Talent Search Coordinator on 1300 714 990 or email  SASI.TalentSearch@sa.gov.au

Look out for up to date testing dates by liking the SASI Talent Search Facebook page @talentsearchsasi

Stage 2: Sport Specific Testing  

Once SASI has received the Stage 1 data, athletes who meet a set criteria will be invited to attend Sport Specific testing.

The tests are as follows:

  • Canoe Sprint - strength testing
  • Beach volleyball - ball skills and drills
  • Cycling - testing on a watt bike
  • Rowing - strength and endurance tests

This testing is run by the SASI Talent Search team. Athletes that are successful in stage 1 of testing will receive invitations to stage 2 testing.

Stage 3: Talent Verification

Stage 3 is the crucial stage where athletes who have tested successfully in stage 2 are invited to attend a come and try session for their selected sport.

talent verification

Following these sessions the athletes will then be invited to join a talent search program organized by the relevant State Sporting Association. The program provides athletes with specialized coaching and sport science support to nurture the athlete and fast-track development.

Tour Down Under

Every year SASI undertakes cycling specific testing in the Tour Village at the Tour Down Under.

Look out for up to date testing opportunities on the SASI Talent Search Facebook page @talentsearchsasi

Pedal Prix

SASI runs cycling specific Talent Search testing at Adelaide Pedal Prix events:

Testing will be open to School age competitors.

Full details can be found on the SASI Talent Search Facebook page @talentsearchsasi

Talent Search - Recent Olympic Athletes

The talent search program complements existing sporting talent pathways and has successfully identified and developed many World Champion and Olympic medalists:

SASI Talent Search athletes who have represented Australia at the Olympic Games:

Rohan Dennis (Cycling)

Olympian Rio 2016

Olympic Silver Medallist, London 2012

Annette Edmondson (Cycling)

Olympian Rio 2016

Olympic Bronze Medallist, London 2012

Alex Edmondson (Cycling)

Olympic Silver Medallist, Rio 2016

Patrick Constable (Cycling)

Olympian Rio 2016

Scott McPhee (Cycling)

Paralympic Gold Medallist, (tandem pursuit) London 2012

Chris Morgan (Rowing)

Olympian Rio 2016

Olympic Bronze Medallist, London 2012

Olympia Aldersey (Rowing)

Olympian Rio 2016

Renee Chatterton (Rowing)

Olympic Finalist, London 2012

Bryn Coudraye (Rowing)

Olympian London 2012

Hannah Davis (Canoe Sprint)

Olympic Double Bronze Medallist Beijing 2008

Olympian London 2012

Becharra Palmer (Beach Volleyball)

Olympian London 2012

For more information contact the Talent Search Coordinator at the following:
Email: SASI.TalentSearch@sa.gov.au