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2017-2018 Australian Race Calendar
2017-2018 AUSTRALIAN RACE CALENDAR
Performance racing at its best!
Triathlon Australia has today announced their 2017-2018 Australian Race Calendar that will provide competition opportunities for our High Performance team. The schedule will ensure our Australian athletes are prepared for the biggest international and domestic 12 months on record where all roads lead to the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Devonport, Tasmania for a feast of major events.
The Gold Coast will play host to the XXI Commonwealth Games (April 5 and 7 for triathlon) and the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final (September, 12-16), while the Sunshine Coast will host the 2018 Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup (March 10) and Tasmania the 2018 Devonport Paratriathlon World Cup (February 17) – a first for Triathlon Australia.
Interspersed domestically will be Triathlon Australia’s exciting summer program of racing, highlighted by a re-vamped Australian Racing Calendar, for Elites, Paratriathletes, Under 23s, Juniors and Mixed Teams Relays, between December 2017 and April 2018.
The Elites will kick start a four-race Australian Series in Glenelg (SA) on February 3-4; before heading to Devonport (TAS) on February 17 for the Oceania Triathlon Union Sprint Championships; the Gold Coast on February 25 for the National Sprint Championships and St Kilda on April 8 for the OTU National Standard Championships.
As well as the first Paratriathlon World Cup of the season in Devonport, Australia’s all-conquering paratriathletes will start their season with the Oceania Championships at St Kilda on January 14, while the Gold Coast will host the National Paratriathlon Championships on February 25.
Meanwhile, Australia’s expanding talent pool of Under 23, Junior and Youth triathletes will again be on show on the Gold Coast between December 14 and 17 for the annual Super Sprint Race Weekend at Runaway Bay.
It will be the opening round of their National Series, which will continue in Glenelg (February 3-4) and the Way Out West Triathlon on March 3-4 in the City of Armadale before concluding in New Plymouth (March 24-25) with the Elite and Under 23 World Cups and Race Four in the Junior Series as well as the Youth Olympic Games qualifying race.
Triathlon Australia will also ramp up its focus on the latest addition to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic program – triathlon’s Mixed Teams Relay which will be featured at Runaway Bay, Glenelg (Oceania Triathlon Union Championships) and Armadale.
Triathlon Australia Performance Director Justin Drew said it was important to ensure a continuous pathway for what he says is one of the most exciting groups of juniors and under 23s Australia has seen.
The following information is for all triathletes aged 13 to Open and hold an ITU Youth (13-16yrs), ITU Junior (17-19yrs), ITU U23 (20-23yrs) or Professional Licence (both U23 and open) membership intending to compete in 2018 Australian Youth, Junior, U23 & Elite Races in the 2017-2018 Australian Triathlon Season.