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Athlete Development Program
Triathlon South Australia selects a South Australian State Team to support Tasmanian athlete development and representation at national and international triathlon events. The team is selected for a period of the specified season, in accordance with the Selection Policy.
The South Australian State Team program is designed to facilitate the exposure of young athletes to the triathlon racing environment. The program is outlined as such to replicate the requirements of elite racing to prepare them for the demands of the sport at that level, such as competition and travel and to increase the athletes' knowledge in areas such as goal setting, communication with stakeholders and season planning.
National Pathway Network
The National Pathway Network (NPN) is the identity given to ‘Triathlon Australia’ (TA) and State & Territory Pathway programs alignment to provide athletes aged 12-23 with competition, training and education opportunities. This alignment will aid athlete development to maximise enjoyment and potential in the sport over time. The NPN is a vehicle in which to identify, recruit and develop athletes through the performance pathway. The NPN aligns with Triathlon Australia Performance Pathways strategy and What It Takes To Win modelling.
NPN State Teams
The State Teams are the primary access point for early entry athletes providing guidance on relevant skill and knowledge development. Activities provided through the State Team programs are designed to provide experiences and education that athletes can take back and enhance their home daily training environment. State teams allow likeminded athletes across states and the country to come together to enjoy triathlon while developing the skills to unlock their potential.
State Teams within the NPN are nationally aligned across areas including:
- Selection Criteria
- Delivery models
- Education for athletes, parents and coaches
State teams are also vertically linked to the TA Performance Pathway. Collaboration with and exposure to Performance Centres and our National Talent Transfer Centre will allow smoother transition for athletes transitioning from State Teams to Performance Pathway environments.
State Team Camps
State Team camps will bring athletes together to engage in activities designed to improve the athlete and the person. With a focus on developing life skills, self-management and teamwork. Team Camps are designed to build independence and performance behaviours in addition to swimming, cycling and running development. Camps may be combined with other State Teams for increased impact, enjoyment and sustainability.
Masterclass Skills clinics
Skill clinics or masterclasses are targeted skill development opportunities for State Team members. Specialist coaches and discipline experts will be utilised to design session that provide insight in the domains of health, physiology, technical skill acquisition, race intelligence and performance psychology to enhance understanding of how to improve skills across these critical elements.
State Teams will provide opportunities to travel as a team for major domestic events. Competition Trips will have an emphasis on supporting athletes to achieve their respective competition objective with the support and enjoyment of the team atmosphere whilst enhancing independence and life skills to thrive as opposed to simply survive whilst away from home.
Application and Selection
Applications for State Teams will open in July via State Association websites in line with the release of selection policies. Applications will require athletes to submit details including athletic history, race results, average weekly training volumes and 400m swim & 1500m run time trial times. Applicants are assessed against TA What It Takes to Win modelling and Hierarchy of Discriminators through automatic or discretionary selection processes.
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Applications close 28 July 2023