According to reseach, it takes roughly 10,000 hours of training and competing to produce an Olympic-level athlete in most sports, but even with all the training in the world there's no denying that some people have natural advantages and abilities that make them more likely to succeed in sports. Tall people have a better shot of playing basketball professionally. People with bigger than average feet can swim faster. People with long femurs can pedal bikes faster. Some people have higher pain thresholds, more "quick twitch" muscle fibres, faster reaction times, bigger muscles, bigger hearts and lungs, etc.
To identify talent, and how best to use it, the Canadian Sport Centre Pacific is bringing its talent identification camp, Podium Search, to Whistler this Sunday, Sept. 16. Participants will be evaluated using a number of different testing protocols that are used by athletes with national teams, and will walk away with a copy of their test scores and a better understanding of what it takes to become an elite level athlete.
As well as being tested by experts, 2010 ski cross gold medallist Ashleigh McIvor will be on hand as the keynote speaker.
Podium Search is free and open to athletes aged 14 to 22. It gets underway at 12:30 p.m. and should wrap up by 4 p.m. To take part, drop by the Whistler Athletes' Centre in Cheakamus Crossing.
As well as the talent identification camp, the Canadian Sports Centre Pacific is hosting a National Coaching Certification Program learning module on competition development this weekend.