TALENT ID VIDEO - Series 2Part 2 of a great series on Talent ID. This is a fantastic presentation and some of the concepts can be taken on board in sports like rugby in Hk, who have a reasonable development programme.
However, for triathlon we are so far behind with very little talent ID and an inadequate setup to nurture potential athletes, it's pointless to think about the content of the video just yet. Three very simple concepts that can be applied to triathlon that would make an overwhelming improvement.
1. Allow the best athletes to race and make it easy for them to do so. Make selections based on results. This will produce role models and make triathlon an attractive sport to be involved in.
2. Encourage the clubs to develop potential athletes with incentives and do not force those athletes away from the club once they have reached a good level. Currently no clubs in HK are focusing on producing potential Elite athletes.
3. Set up good talent ID protocols and recruit from schools and other sports clubs such as swimming.
This will only work if the first two points are achieved or no athlete or parent will want to be involved.
Let's hope this year something can be done. With only 3 senior athletes currently on the national squad something must be done ASAP. It will take a majority of the trihk committee to take action before any changes can be implemented.