Future sports stars line up at SCU
DOZENS of hopeful future sports stars rolled up to Southern Cross University’s elite assessment testing session in Lismore on Saturday.
SCU’s School of Health andHuman Sciences now hosts a Talent Assessment Centre for the Australian Sports Commission’s National Talent Identification and Development Program.
Thirty final year sports and exercise science students conducted the assessments under the watchful eye of Professor Shi Zhou, who is co-ordinating the program.
“It’s an opportunity for our students to get practical experience in the fitness testing experience, but it’s also a good chance for us to provide education to the young people involved on how training can help improve overall fitness,” Professor Zhou said.
The program is not a skills-based assessment, but rather seeks to identify physical factors that might be indicative of potential elite sports people.
The tests measure indicators like height, weight, standing jumps, speed, agility and endurance through a series of static and field tests.
The field tests include bench pulls, vertical jumps, sprints and shuttle runs.
Joining the teenage hopefuls were a large contingent of kids from the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program.
“Training for the Kokoda Challenge is, of course, very demanding, so we aim to provide the participants with a baseline measurement of their fitness levels that they can use to measure their progress against at a later date,” Prof Zhou said.
“The tests we will be running on the participants will include a multi-stage shuttle run to measure aerobic power, sit-ups and push-ups for muscular strength and endurance, a sit and reach test for flexibility and a vertical jump, which is designed to test muscular power.
“After the initial test this Saturday, we will assess the results toestablish if any of young people have potential to be a sports talent and may be interested in becoming involved in our talent identification program testing days in May and June.”