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.
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).
The full list of 2015 National Talent Academy athletes are:
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)
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.
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.
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