World Triathlon is proud to announce the opening of applications for the 2023 Athlete Scholarship Programme, meant to identify and provide support, resources, and expertise to those athletes from developing/emerging National Federations (NF Groups*: 2, 3B, 3A) with the greatest needs to help them compete at Continental and World level over the second year of the Olympic Qualification Period (starting 27 May 2023) and help their preparation and qualification for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games and beyond.
Athletes selected for the World Triathlon Athlete Scholarship Programme will be carefully ‘placed’ in a programme commensurate with their specific needs in the interest of their progressive development to an elite level. Placements will vary in duration and form depending on the specific outline of the programme developed by the NF in conjunction with World Triathlon Development deemed to be conducive to the athlete’s development needs.
In order to be eligible, Athletes must be registered and in good standing with their National Federations, and need to have shown the ability to race at a high standard in Continental and World Triathlon Cup-level competitions. The athletes nominated should be committed to competing in the long term and have the Olympic Games as an ultimate objective.
World Triathlon Development will consider the following criteria in the selection process:
- Top 5 placing at Continental Championship in Elite (U23) in the past two years among the developing/emerging NFs (NF Groups: 2, 3B, 3A). OR “Finishing at least in the first ⅔ of two Continental Cup (CC) events in 2022/2023”
- Top 200 on the World Triathlon Ranking
- Must be from an emerging/developing National Federation (NF Groups: 2, 3B, 3A).
All applications will be considered in conjunction with a strong endorsement from the Athlete’s National Federation.
The applications should be submitted using the online application form no later than Friday, June 16th, 2023. Successful applicants will be informed by the end of June 2023, and World Triathlon Development will coordinate the plans with the successful athletes and their NFs.
PLEASE NOTE: The respective National Federation of the applicant MUST submit all applications. The National Federation must be in good standing with World Triathlon.
Successful applicants will receive the following:
The amount of funding allocated to each athlete depends on the programme outline submitted by the NF for each candidate.
Use of the World Triathlon Athlete Scholarship
The World Triathlon Athlete Scholarship may be used for the following as defined in the athlete’s 2023 planning and approved by World Triathlon Development:
- Participation (travel, accommodation) at qualification races on the way to Paris 2024 and beyond
- Massage, Physiotherapy
- Equipment support.
Evaluation and Requirements of Recipients
The athletes selected will be tracked for the duration of the placement, and regular reporting will be required from the candidates and their personal coaches.
Athletes who receive a World Triathlon Athlete Scholarship will be required to compete in the Continental Championships (Elite, U23, Junior) and/or the World Championships (U23, Junior) in the year of receiving the scholarship.
All recipients must make themselves available (within reason and without interfering with the athlete’s training, racing or school commitments) for interviews and photo sessions to promote the programme in their own country and internationally.
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