Talent Search

The Talent Search Mission

'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 to 26 years that have the potential to represent Australia on a national and international level. As a result, we assist in helping to increase the number of South Australians achieving success on the world stage.

We look 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 Talent Search team ranging from generic fitness testing, to sport specific tests across the four sports that we work with. As a result, we often identify athletes that could excel in a sport that they have never tried 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.

Follow SASI Talent Search online

Facebook @SASI Talent Search

Instagram @sasi_talentsearch

Current Talent Search Campaigns

School-Based Testing

Talent Search Twenty Eighteen has now begun! Participating in our 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 Talent Search testing program. The testing includes 20m sprint, vertical jump height, beep test, height, weight and arm span. We are now taking registrations for schools wishing to participate in the Talent Search Program.

Open Testing Day

The open testing days will be held at SASI and anyone 14 - 17 years of age can be tested. If your school is not involved in Talent Search Twenty Eighteen or you missed out on being tested at your school please come to an open testing day!

This years 2019 testing dates are:

  • Sunday 12th May - 12pm - 3pm
  • Saturday 29th June - 12pm - 3pm
  • Sunday 30th June - 12pm - 3pm

Please register online for the open testing days using the link below!


Stage 2: Sport Specific Testing  

Once we have received the Stage 1 data, athletes who meet a set criteria will be invited to attend Sport Specific testing. We invited 487 athletes to be tested for Stage 2 testing in 2017, and the tests were as follows: kayak conducted strength testing in the gym, beach volleyball looked at ball skills and drills, cycling looked at strength and power and rowing conducted strength and endurance tests. This testing is run by our talent search team and the coaches at SASI.

Stage 3: Talent Verification

Stage 3 is the crucial stage where athletes who have tested successfully are invited to attend a some training sessions.

If the athletes are successful at these sessions they will then be invited to join a talent search program organised by the relevant State Sporting Association. The program provides athletes with specialised coaching and sport science support to nurture the athlete and fast-track development.

2018 Talent Search

Tour Down Under

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

All testing for the 2018 Tour Down Under included the catch up session is now complete.

Pedal Prix

SASI will be running cycling specific Talent Search testing at the two Adelaide Pedal Prix events:

  • Sunday 29 July 2018
  • Sunday 17 June 2018

Testing will be open to School age competitors. Full details here

National Rowing Talent ID

National Rowing Talent ID week 23-28 September, and we are running testing sessions at SASI.

The National Talent Identification testing battery assesses athletes’ strength and endurance, and benchmarks them again National age standards for the testing.

Whilst aimed at non rowers, who are interested in a new challenge, the testing is open to both school rowers, and those with no rowing experience.

The testing is open to non rowers, who, if successful, will be invited into the row4gold talent identification program.

Olympic and World Championship SASI graduate athletes Olympia Aldersey- W8+, Rio Olympics 2016 and Nathan Bowden M8+ World Championships 2017, were identified from non-rowing backgrounds in Adelaide, and started rowing in the Talent ID program.

For current school rowers, who are in school rowing programs, the testing is an opportunity for you to see how you compare to SASI Olympic and World championship medallists Alexander Hill ( PAC) and Molly Goodman ( Wilderness).

Athletes will receive feedback on their testing results.

For more info & to register click here.

For more information contact christine.maclaren@sa.gov.au

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 medallists:

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 further information:
Talent Search Coordinator
Phone: 1300 714 990

To nominate yourself as a Talent Search candidate please send your details to:
Email: SASI.TalentSearch@sa.gov.au