Talent Identification

Rowing ACT conducts Talent Identification testing multiple times throughout the year, aimed at finding non-rowers aged 13 – 19 who have the potential to go on to High Performance Rowing.

You don’t need to know how to row to trial for our Talent Identification Squad! The testing looks at your height & arm span, as well as strength and fitness. If you are interested, or have any questions, please email hp@rowingact.org.au

Commonly Asked Questions:

Q: Why should I try rowing?

A: Rowing is both the ultimate team sport and a test of individual determination! It uses all of your muscles, giving you a full body work out.

Q: I don’t know anything about rowing, should I still come along to test?

A: Yes! If you think it is even something you might be interested in, then come along and give it a go. While you are there, you can ask any question you like.

Q: What’s involved in the testing?

A: The testing looks at your strength and fitness levels, no rowing experience required.

Q: What happens if I make one of the squads?

A: If selected, you will train multiple times a week, depending on your age. Once you have been rowing for a while, we will start to enter you in races against people of a similar ability.

Q: Where is the testing, and where would I train?

A: The testing takes place at the High Performance Shed, 14 Alexandrina Drive, Yarralumla. If you are selected, your squad will either be placed into one of the clubs around the lake, or will train from the High Performance Shed.

Q: What happens if I am not selected?

A: If you are not selected, then you will be recommended to one of the rowing club programs in Canberra. Once you feel more confident, you are then welcome to come and test again.

Q: How much does it cost to test?

A: Testing is free!

Q: If selected for the squad, how much does it cost?

A: While there is no specific cost to train with the squad, you will be required to be a member of one of the rowing clubs in Canberra. These membership fees vary. Other costs may include uniform, entry fees for regattas and possible travel, depending on your age and level of racing.

Q: How long does it take to complete the testing?

A: Depending on the number of people testing at that time, testing takes between 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Q: I already play another sport, is that a problem?

A: Being involved in another sport is not normally a problem, as long as we can work out a schedule that works for everyone. If you have any concerns about this, email hp@rowingact.org.au