Welsh Canoeing Association / Sports Council
Racing Talent Identification Programme
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The WCA and Sports Council are looking for the next wave of physically strong,
athletic and determined competitors to become the stars of the future in the
Olympic Sport of Sprint Kayaking and Canoeing.
At the recent Olympics in Beijing Team GB had a massive success where Tim
Brabants Gold in the K1 1000m and a Bronze in the 500m class.
The hunt is now on for the stars of tomorrow.
In Partnership with the Sports Council for Wales the Welsh Canoeing Association
are running a Fast Track Talent Development Programme for the Olympic Sport of
Sprint Canoeing and Kayaking. We are searching for male and female athletes who
have the drive, physique and talent characteristic to succeed.
No previous canoeing experience is required.
The purpose of this
appeal is to proactively search for those who have the necessary talent
characteristics to progress into a Welsh squad. With effort these athletes could
then be progressed toward selection for the GB team who will aim to compete
successfully in the sport at future Olympic Games.
We are looking for athletes with the talent characteristics to succeed and are
targeting several groups of athletes currently involved in sports with similar
requirements to Sprint Kayaking (i.e. “like” sports), from which a successful
and rapid transition to the higher and then elite level of Sprint Kayaking.
Firstly we need to see if you posses the raw physical, physiological and
technical characteristics to be successful in Sprint Kayaking. These initial
attributes, along with the right coaching and fast-track development programme
could provide you with the opportunity to be an integral part of Sprint Kayaking
teams for future success.
Are you aged between
17 and 23 years of age?
Do you have a
background in: Swimming, Rowing, Triathlon, Basketball, Netball or something
Do you have a strong
upper body and feel that you are a good all round athlete?
If this is you then we
would like to hear from you.
Please download a Profile Form and
Medical Questionnaire or
request ones from the WCA. Phone 01678521199 or email
Please complete and return these by the 3rd November 2008.
What Happens Next:
Invite letters will be
sent to successful applicants and they will be required to attend a Phase one
Assessment Day. This will be held in Cardiff towards the end November 2008.
The phase 1 Talent ID
Assessment day will be conducted by the Welsh Canoeing Association and Sports
Council for Wales.
During this event, a
number of sport specific strength and fitness assessments will be undertaken by
a panel of WCA coaches and SCW sports scientists. The purpose of this assessment
is to further explore your potential. The suitability of your talent
characteristics for the sport of sprint kayaking will be assessed including
physical, physiological and technical attributes. Do not panic – we are under
the assumption that you have had very little, if any, experience in Sprint
Kayaking, and are more interested in your potential to develop in view of future
after the phase 1 assessment day?
Those short-listed from the phase 1 Talent ID assessment day will be invited to
attend a phase 2 assessment day to further evaluate their physical,
physiological, technical and psycho-social attributes. We then envisage a small
number of athletes being invited to embark on an intensive Sprint Kayaking
Talent Confirmation training programme under the guidance of WCA Performance
coaches. This will involve a period of increased commitment to the sport of
Sprint Kayaking and will focus on your ability to develop as a sprint kayaker.
For an informal discussion about the programme or further information please
contact Nigel Midgley on 01678521199 or email
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