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NSI Sport Information Centre, Newsletter | Oktober 2013 v.2

Info Awareness - Talent Identification and Development


Talent Identification has become a crucial topic in order to produce future sports stars. Talent identification and development (TID) describes the process of an athlete moving into, and/or progressing up, the high performance pathway to an elite or mastery status.

What is Talent Identification?

Talent Identification - as its name suggests, is the discovery or observation of talent in a specific sport. However, if you scratch the surface, there are a number of layers to talent identification that reveal a more complex and versatile process.

The Talent Identification practitioner applies a multi-faceted approach to talent identification to ensure that a sport utilises a tailored approach (or strategy) to unearthing potential sporting talent. There are three key talent identification strategies that can be utilised –

  • Talent Selection – is the process whereby talented athletes are selected from within a sport based on their performance, physical and physiological testing and coaches’ expert opinions on their skill, technique, attitude and potential.
  • Talent Detection – involves recruiting athletes from outside the sport who have physical and physiological attributes associated with success at the high performance level in that sport.
  • Talent Transfer - is the process of identifying athletes with extensive and adaptable training backgrounds and transferable skills which assist them in transitioning and succeeding in a sport with a comparable athlete profile (e.g., similar physiological, psychological profiles and sporting skill components [technical, cognitive & perceptual]). Talent transfer has proven to be a viable and successful strategy for Australia and the UK , particularly when targeting senior athletes who have accumulated substantial training histories.

What is Talent Development?

Identifying potential sporting talent is a lot easier that realising it. Converting natural abilities into specific choreographed skills (i.e. talent development) requires a deliberate programming approach, incorporating well planned/strategic input and support to best develop potential talent (e.g. coaching excellence, quality daily training environments, best practice sports science/sports medicine input/support and timed and appropriate exposure to domestic and international competition).

TID -In the News!

  • ‘Sains sukan keutamaan saya’ - KJ News
  • Khairy emphasises importance of sports science - News
  • Khairy seeks to lay foundation - News
  • Desperately seeking gold medallists: hunt begins for sporting freaks - News
  • Do we really need elite sports training in schools? - News
  • What does it take to be an elite athlete? Depends on the sport - News
  • Let's expand sporting culture - News
  • Britain launches female Para-cycling talent identification programme- News
  • ‘Identification’ trial at National Rowing Centre seen as a success - News
  • Can this new app find future Paralympians? - News
  • Young people’s health and development is in jeopardy, says education expert - News
  • The future of school and community sport - Read More

TID - Scholarly publications


The Sporting Giants in TeamGB

English Institute of Sport (EIS) Senior Talent Scientist Natalie Dunman talks to about the UK Talent Team, it's history and how it has played a role in identifying 11 athletes representing TeamGB at London 2012.

FTEM framework

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has developed a new framework to capture these different pathways and address the current shortfalls in applied research and practice specific to athlete development. It's called FTEM


Info Awareness - The Tech Savvy Coach

Many coaches have already started to incorporate smart technology into their training, and when used to its full potential, iPads or other smart technologies can significantly enhance the coaching business. To some coaches, technology can seem a little daunting, but coaches need to embrace it by making themselves aware of what is available and how it can benefit them and their athletes.

Slow Motion Video/Video Streaming

There are many benefits of having a video readily available when it comes to sport coaching.

  • Athletes and coaches do not need to be in the same location to have a relationship
  • A coach can provide support from any location during competition
  • Game strategies, injury concerns and nutritional needs can all be discussed
  • A coach can quickly record their athlete in action and have it played back in slow motion which enables both parties to see what’s happening and enable the coach to point out corrections
  • Enhances fan interaction

Web Applications

Everyday more and more applications are being created to help us navigate and interact with the world. Mobile applications for coaching are no exception and there are many you can access effortlessly and with minimal cost.

  • Coaches Eye - Web app for the iPhone has many features including: video, slow motion review, audio commenting and video drawing to highlight problems
  • Sports Game Timer App – Many recreational leagues require equal playing time or that each player plays at least half of the game. Keep track of players with a simple timer/tracker for sports teams. Great if you need proof for the parents!
  • G.A.P.S. Sports Coaching App - Gain access to over 1750 activities, practices and skills, perfect for creating enjoyable and interesting coaching sessions and PE lessons on the move.

The use of technology allows coaches to organize themselves and gain efficiency by having simple to operate equipment that produces maximum results. Up until this point, coaches might have been able to get away with older methods of running a program, but not anymore. Today’s technology can make you a better instructor, manager and leader and coaches need to grab a hold or be left behind. Replace the old way of thinking and you’ll be amazed at what technology can offer!

Video Highlights! - Nicol thanks #TeamISN for keeping her in tip-top condition

Datuk Nicol David is arguably the best woman squash player the world has ever seen. She has, after all, ruled supreme since 2005 -- when she won her first major title, the prestigious British Open.
So, what is the secret to her longevity and supremacy?

The Penangite is glad that she is one of the very few squash players who never suffered any injuries since turning pro in 2000.
"And touch wood I can continue to stay free of injuries and play my best in tournaments," said Nicol

"I am also in good shape physically because of the tough training I undergo.
"I am mentally strong thanks to the psychologist and support team that the National Sports Institute (NSI) provide for me during tournaments."

But is that all there is to it? Here Nicol's explains key part of her success!

Event/ Conferences Info

  • World Conference on Doping in Sport – The 2013 conference is being organised by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for members of the world’s anti-doping community. The conference will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 12-15 November 2013.
  • Sport and Recreation Alliance Leadership Convention – The Sport and Recreation Alliance (UK) hosts a number of events over the course of the year. This year’s flagship event has the theme ‘Less Me More We – how collective leadership can transform your organisation’. The convention will be held at St George's Park, Burton on Trent, UK, from 13-14 November 2013.
  • Athletic Business Conference and Expo – The conference will provide timely information, shared experiences and opportunities to meet people with similar challenges and learn how to succeed in today's rapidly changing economic and social environment. The expo will be held in San Diego, California, USA, from 21-23 November 2013.
  • Enterprising Sport and Physical Activity for Disabled People – This one-day conference is organised in partnership with the English Federation of Disability Sport and the Country Sports Partnership Network. The conference will offer real stories, what lessons can be learnt, ideas and experiences to be shared in developing a network where people can learn best practice and where mainstream sport can learn how to become inclusive. The conference will be held at Stoke Mandeville, England, on 28 November 2013.

Online resources.. just click!

  • Coach Growth – This blog discusses the various ways that coaches can develop and improve. Recent posts include articles with these titles: Motivation – it’s all in your mindset (10 September 2013); and Taking charge of your coach development – part 11 (26 August 2013).
  • Rattus Holmes in the case of the spoilsport – This comic book style resource has been produced by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to help teach children about fair play and the ethics of using performance enhancing drugs in sport.
  • Sportsister Digi Magazine – This online magazine is a new way to enjoy a blend of inspiring news and coverage of women’s sport; alongside tips, advice, and information on everything you need to know to lead a sporty and healthy lifestyle.
  • Sports Management (UK) Volume 17, Issue 2 (2013) – This magazine is available free to read online. This issue contains an interview with UK Sport’s new Chairman, Rod Carr; a look at a number of sustainable sports projects; the participation growth of climbing sports; community swimming projects, and; the game of bicycle polo.
  • Why do kids need Fundamental Movement Skills? – YouTube video. Dr. Colin Higgs from the Canadian Sport for Life leadership team explains the importance of developing Fundamental Movement Skills as part of building a child's physical literacy.
  • Play by the Rules – The September 2013 e-Bulletin contains feature covering: 7 pillars of inclusion; encouraging respect in sport; stamping out homophobia in rugby; and reducing the risk of end of season events.
  • Australian Drug Foundation SEARCH – This website is the place to go for alcohol and drug-related research and information.
  • Mental Toughness Digest for Sport & Performance – This is a free monthly online publication dedicated to the discussion about anything related to mental toughness in the pursuit of excellence in sport and performance. The thirteenth edition features the article Why parents should let their children experience failure (posted 24 September 2013).
  • The Inclusion Club – Episode 49, Play and Train from Spain (posted 26 September 2013). An interview with Mariona Mademont and Sylvana Mestre who represent Play and Train, a Spanish organisation providing opportunities for persons with a disability.
  • What is the future of personal training? – Data from the Australian and New Zealand Fitness Industry Survey has been released as part of an infograph. It provides a snapshot of trends in personal training and the fitness industry.
  • Footy Stats – The Australian Bureau of Statistics in partnership with the National Rugby League have developed a program that uses football to improve the statistical literacy of young Australians.


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#Supermokh The Musical | Istana Budaya | 6-18 Nov 2013

He is hailed as one of the iconic footballer’s of the 1970s, and one of Malaysia’s most legendary strikers. He was instrumental in steering Selangor to win the Malaysia Cup 10 times, scoring 177 goals in total. Internationally, he scored 125 goals in 167 appearances for the Malaysian team, including matches in the Asian Games, Pre Olympic Games and Pre World Cup.

Mokhtar Dahari hailed from Setapak, Selangor, and was only 19 years old when he made his first international appearance for Malaysia against Sri Lanka in the 1972 Jakarta Anniversary Tournament. Mokhtar won his 100th cap for the Malaysian national team when he played in a Merdeka Football Tournament match against Japan in 1976.

In 1975, Mokhtar represented the Malaysian national football team against English giants Arsenal F.C. Malaysia won 2-0, with Mokhtar scoring both goals. It was rumoured that he received an offer to play for the Gunners. He also famously scored a goal almost single-handedly, in a 1-1 draw against England’s national team’s B Team in 1978. Mokhtar has also donned the national colours more than 150 times, including the Asian Games, Pre-Olympic Games, Pre-World Cup, and Asian Cup finals among others.

In those years, Malaysian football was at its best and players like Mokhtar made the game an interesting watch. His mobility and speed, flexibility and the ability to unleash sudden powerful shots with both his feet enthralled supporters and fans. Crowds would gather at the Merdeka Stadium to watch this spectacular “Number 10” and it was not uncommon to hear roars of “Super Mokh” rippling through the crowd during a match.

After winning the Malaysia Cup for his home-state Selangor and being crowned the Best Player in the Merdeka Cup of 1986, Mokhtar decided to retire from his illustrious football career. He came out of retirement in January the following year to play one more season for Selangor FC, much to the delight of his fans.

11 July 1991 was a heartbreaking day for Malaysians. Mokhtar Dahari passed away of muscular dystrophy at the age of 37. A legendary footballer during his time, Mokhtar Dahari is a name that will definitely never be forgotten.

The Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay

Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) will be hosting the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay Fun Run on 27th October 2013, Sunday in Taman Tasik Botani Perdana, Kuala Lumpur.

For more info!

The Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton arrives here Saturday - News

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Official updates on Twitter from @Batonrelay2014 & journey around KL follow @ManOlimpik

For all the latest from the BBC's Mark Beaumont, who is shadowing the baton's journey around the Commonwealth, you can follow him on Twitter @BBCMarkBeaumont


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