Indigenous Talent Identification

Major Program Partner


Sport Science Testing Partner

Friday 23 August 2024

Where: Minto Indoor Sports Centre, Minto
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Who: Secondary-School aged (ie 12-18 yrs) Male and Female Indigenous, First Nation, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Athletes from the South West Sydney Academy of Sport Catchment areas, who live, attend school in or play sport in Camden, Campbelltown, Liverpool or Wollondilly, the traditional land of the Dharawal people. 

What: Sport Talent Identification Day.

Cost: There is no cost to attend this day for Indigenous students. Participation includes Morning Tea and Gym t-Shirt. 

How to be involved: Speak to your school sports teacher or school Indigenous Liaison Officer and ask them to complete the nomination form with you. 

Athletes will take part in sport talent identification testing with Western Sydney University practitioners; as well as undertake sport skill sessions under the direction of Academy and Guest coaching staff

Sport skill sessions include;

Indoor Sports

  • Basketball (including 3x3)
  • Netball
  • General Sport and Movement Principles

Outdoor Sports

  • Touch / Tag
  • AFL

Athletes do not have to be playing competitive sport, nor be proficient in the sports above to be able to come along and participate. 

Athletes should attend in their school sports uniform.

Athletes will then be given a SWSAS Indigenous Day Shirt to wear throughout the event. 

Athletes will rotate through each sport skill session, where coaching staff will provide teaching through fundamental skills and drills, as well as undertake basic sport science testing as a part of the days skill assessments.

After lunch (provided by SWSAS), athletes will be provided the opportunity to participate in short-sided or modified games of the sport of their choosing. 

Following the Indigenous Talent Identification Day, the Academy will meet with the coaching staff to formalise a list of "identified" athletes. 

These athletes will then be invited to participate in the Academy's Indigenous Athlete Program, including cultural education, sport education and a dedicated strength and conditioning program.

There is no cost for either the Talent Identification Day or Indigenous Athlete Program.

The land on which the South West Sydney Academy of Sport is located, and where our athletes train and compete is the traditional land of the Dharawal people.

In paying our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and with a spirit of reconciliation and recognition of the Traditional owners of Country, In partnership with UAA and Western Sydney University, the Academy conducts an Indigenous Talent Identification Day annually.

The aim of this day is to provide Indigenous athletes from across the Academy catchment area the opportunity to be talent identified across a number of sports, and undertake education and sport science testing within a high-performance environment. 


Read about the 2022 Inaugural Talent Identification Day below. 

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