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ECU helping to find Australia’s next generation of sporting superstars

Tuesday, 06 October 2009


Edith Cowan University (ECU) is working with the Australian Sporting Commission (ASC) to help cultivate and develop Western Australia’s up-and-coming talent, as part of a unique initiative by the National Talent Identification and Development (NTID) program.

Athletes aged between 12 and 25 years of age who think they have what it takes to represent Australia at the 2012 Olympic Games are encouraged to attend identification screening at ECU Sports at the Joondalup Campus on Saturday, 25 October.

General tests will consist of a number of basic field fitness tests for users wishing to be assessed on their general sporting capabilities.

Sport-specific tests will consist of tests that are used to directly assess talent within a certain sport. The six sports that can be registered for sport-specific tests are cycling (sprint and endurance), rowing, canoeing, triathlon, beach volleyball, and athletics (endurance, jumps, sprints, throws).

Participants demonstrating above average potential may be invited to join the NTID program.

The NTID program supports the ASC in establishing a network of Talent Assessment Centres to help fast-track talented athletes from around Australia into selected Olympic Games and World Championship sports.

ECU is one of 20 universities and sports academies from around Australia that has assisted with the NTID program.

The Sports Centre at ECU’s Joondalup Campus provides all the facilities required to test and train athletes, combining state-of-the-art equipment with highly trained staff.

The NTID program aims to find and develop new athletes and to transfer existing athletes between sports to possibly represent Australia at major national and international competitions leading up to the London 2012 Olympic Games and beyond.

The NTID program has already made considerable progress with significant results being achieved across a number of sports including cycling, canoeing, rowing and boxing.

When: 2.00pm on Saturday, 25 October 2009

Where: ECU Joondalup, Sports Centre, Building 22

For more information, please contact Josh on 6304 2145 or email j.vankampen@ecu.edu.au.

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