Do you have what it takes to be a professional athlete? Ever dreamed of representing your country maybe in netball, triathlon or even surfing? If so, you may want to try out at a talent identification day.
What is sporting talent ID?
Talent ID is designed to identify and provide recommendations to sporting organisations to fast-track talented athletes into sports where they can excel. Efficient talent ID procedures are effective in applying ‘upward pressure’ to athletes currently at the top of their game. Fresh, talented and enthusiastic athletes are critical for a sport’s future success and keep the elite ever watchful of those coming through the junior ranks. An important role of state institutes and academies of sport is to implement systems such as talent ID programs to identify talent, profile and gather systematic information from emerging athletes, and channel likely candidates into suitable sports specific conditioning programs .
Talent ID testing assesses your potential and identifies physical abilities and areas that may require strength and conditioning, skills/technique development and practice . Coaches of specific sports cannot always decipher if an athlete has the potential to succeed at a sport at a competitive level. The athlete may lack experience or may not have been given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities. This is especially true for those in regional or coastal areas where potential candidates quite often slip ‘under the radar’. For this reason, talent search test protocols have been developed for sporting talent ID and development programs with the Australian Institute of Sport being a hotspot for talent testing. Contact your state’s institute for more information:
www.ausport.gov.au/ais Australian Institute of Sport
www.nswis.com.au New South Wales Institute of Sport
www.qasport.qld.gov.au Queensland Academy of Sport
www.vis.org.au Victorian Institute of Sport
www.wais.org.au Western Australian Institute of Sport
www.sportandrecreation.nt.gov.au/nt-institute-sport Northern Territory Institute of Sport
I’ve conducted many talent ID days at the University of the Sunshine Coast and here are my tips for giving it your best shot:
Pre talent day preparation
- Wear your most comfortable and supportive gear and footwear on the day.
- Avoid very strenuous exercise or training on the day prior to the testing. You want to be fresh.
- Eat carbohydrate rich meals in the 24 hours prior to the testing. You’ll need the energy!
- Avoid alcohol consumption, coffee, cola or energy drinks 24 hours prior to the test day. Dehydration is not your friend in physical trials.
And on the day
- Undertake a thorough warm up of light aerobic type activity with dynamic upper and lower body stretching, maybe include some of your favorite yoga moves. This will also calm and centre you.
- Don’t overdo the warm up as the potential for reduced performance is high with all or nothing tests of this nature.
- Make sure you understand information given to you about the tests including their purpose and what is involved in their execution.
- Maintain adequate hydration before and during the testing session e.g. water, coconut water or your favourite sports drink.
- Bring your bestie or coach for encouragement and support.