Could be champions : the search is on
As a child running around her school's oval, Western Australia's Natalie Bale would always be one of the last to cross the finish line. Now she is an Olympian. Just eight years ago, while a student at Perth's Penrhos College, Natalie's physical abilities were tested through a talent identification and development program co-ordinated nationally by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). The results suggested she may be suited to rowing; further sport-specific testing confirmed that she had the potential to become an elite rower. The ASC has a long and successful history of identifying talent to fast track people with athletic ability. How it has advanced one step further, developing an online electronic talent identification program (eTID). For teachers who may be interested in having their classes tested, a group booking function has recently been added. [Author abstract, ed]
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