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In many sports, representing your country at a world championship event is available only for the very select few, but in triathlon, the ITU holds age group World Championships each year. With two different world championship festivals - Multisport and Sprint/Standard - wearing the Green and Gold is within reach for many age group triathletes.
In 2018, the ITU Multisport World Championships (duathlon, aquathlon, cross triathlon, long distance & aquabike) will be held in Fyn, Denmark from July 6th-14th 2018. The ITU World Championship for sprint and standard distance triathlon will be held on the Gold Coast in September 2018.
Australia can take a team of 20 per age group to Denmark (Multisport Festival), and 25 per age group to the Gold Coast sprint and standard events.
How do you qualify?
- You must be an Australian Citizen to be chosen on the Australian team
- You must be a Triathlon Australia member (at least by the Thursday before your first selection race)
- You must race in at least one selection race - see the list of 2017/18 selection races here
- Automatic qualification for those athletes who achieved a podium at the previous year's ITU World Championship for the same discipline, or a first place at the Australian Championship event for the same discipline.
- You will be required to self-fund uniform, travel & race entry fees.
Full details on the qualification & selection policy can be found here:
Gold Coast (sprint & standard distance)
At qualification races, the top 25 finishers are awarded points (double points at national championship events). At the end of the season, the points from the best three results from each athlete will tallied to rank the athletes for the team.
What if you live overseas or are injured?
When there are less than 25 (or 20 for the Multisport team) athletes in each age group, discretionary places will be available - either for overseas athletes who can provide results from a comparable overseas race, or on medical grounds (with the right medical reports).
Can you do more than one event?
The ITU has rulings about the number of hours between events for athletes. At the Multisport World Championships, it is possible although a timetable hasn't been released yet. The ITU hasn't released the Gold Coast's timetable either, although if the format from this year's World Championship is followed, where the Sprint and Standard distance events are run on the same day, athletes will not be able to compete in both.
So you want to try to make the team - what next?
Choose your selection races - the full list of races can be found here:
Apply to be considered for the team. Team applications are open now and close next April (Multisport) and May (sprint/standard).
Want more details?
Check out the policies above, Triathlon Australia's webpage, or follow the Age Group Team on Facebook
Need to become a Triathlon Australia member? Click here