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2018 Commonwealth Games
4-15 April 2018

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QUEENSLAND DOMINATES 2015 NATIONAL TALENT ACADEMY


QUEENSLAND DOMINATES 2015 NATIONAL TALENT ACADEMY

Queensland athletes have dominated the athletes named on the 2015 National Triathlon Academy roster by Triathlon Australia today.

Nine of the 11-strong squad hail from Queensland with the remaining two – the Hedgeland sisters, Jaz and Kira from Western Australia although Jaz has relocated to the Gold Coast under National Performance Centre Head Coach Dan Atkins and Kira although living in Perth, designates Atkins as her coach.

 KIRA HEDGELAND FINISH

 

Atkins has five athletes on the NTA including both Hedgeland girls, Dan Coleman, Calvin Quirk and Kelly-Ann Perkins.

Brisbane based coaches, QAS head coach Steve Moss has Matt Roberts and Sophie Malowiecki and his QAS co-coach Josh White has Youth Olympic gold medallist Brittany Dutton.

The other NTA athletes for 2015 are: Matt Hauser (Coach: Brian Harrington, Hervey Bay); Luke Willian (Coach: Warwick Dalziel, Brisbane); and Christian Wilson (Coach: Chris Lang, Sheldon College).

JUNIOR DEAD HEAT 

 
The full list of 2015 National Talent Academy athletes are:
 
NTA MALES

Dan COLEMAN                  QLD (U23)           Coach Dan Atkins (NPC Gold Coast)
Matt HAUSER                    QLD (JNR)            Coach Brian Harrington (Hervey Bay)
Calvin QUIRK                     QLD (JNR)            Coach Dan Atkins (NPC Gold Coast)
Matt ROBERTS                  QLD (JNR)            Coach Steve Moss (NPC/QAS Brisbane)
Luke WILLIAN                    QLD (JNR)            Coach Warwick Dalziel (SPC Brisbane)
Christian WILSON             QLD (JNR)            Coach Chris Lang (SPC Sheldon College)
 
NTA FEMALES
Brittany DUTTON             QLD (JNR)            Coach Josh White (SPC QAS)
Jaz HEDGELAND                WA (U23)            Coach Dan Atkins (NPC Gold Coast)
Kira HEDGELAND              WA (JNR)             Coach Dan Atkins (Perth/NPC Gold Coast)
Sophie MALOWIECKI       QLD (JNR)            Coach Steve Moss (NPC/QAS Brisbane)
Kelly-Ann PERKINS            QLD (U23)           Coach Dan Atkins (NPC Gold Coast)
 
Five athletes Jake Birtwhistle, Grace Musgrove, Matt Baker, Caleb Noble and Declan Wilson make up the graduating “Class of 2014” that have transitioned into either full SIS/SAS program scholarships and/or have reached a higher Athlete Categorisation. 
 
NTA GRADUATED ATHLETES (Class of 2014)
Jake BIRTWHISTLE           TAS (U23) TIS      Coach Jamie Turner (NPC NSW)
Grace MUSGROVE            NSW (U23)          Coach Jamie Turner (NPC NSW)
Matt BAKER                       NSW (U23) VIS   Coach Danielle Stefano (NPC/VIS)
Caleb NOBLE                     VIC (U23) VIS      Coach Danielle Stefano (NPC/VIS)
Declan WILSON                ACT (U23) VIS     Coach Danielle Stefano (NPC/VIS)
 
 

NATIONAL TALENT ACADEMY GRADUATION/TRANSITION GUIDELINES
The overall aim of the NTA program is to ensure continued improvement and to “graduate” athletes into SIS/SAS and/or National Performance Centre programs through the process of race performance and/or gaining a higher Athlete Categorisation Nomination. The following guidelines will assist in determining when an NTA athlete is either “graduated” UP or “transitioned” OUT of the NTA program.
 
GRADUATION
An athlete is deemed to have graduated from the NTA and progressed further up the National Athlete Pathway Framework for High Performance (NAPF-HP) when they have:

Achieved an athlete categorisation of Podium Potential or above or;
Held an athlete categorisation of Developing for 12months in an NPC and progressing or;
Podium at the U23 ITU World Triathlon Championships or;
Been selected for a FULL athlete SIS/SAS scholarship or;
Selected for an ITU WTS race start.
 
TRANSITION
An athlete will be transitioned out of the NTA if they have not demonstrated continued improvement and progression over a period of time. Discretionary criteria includes:

Have not progressed per their agreed Individual Athlete Program Plan (IAPP) or;
Held an athlete categorisation of Developing for 2 years without progression or;
Held an athlete categorisation of Emerging for: 2 years as an U23 without progression/3                 years as a Junior without progression;
Breached any of the TA, HP or NTA policies and/or HP Athlete Agreement