How good do I need to be to stand a chance of qualifying?
The times needed to qualify for a Great Britain Age-Group Team can vary depending on the competition, the course, the weather and the level of interest for that particular championships and therefore it is not possible to give a time that you will need to achieve to qualify.
For sprint and standard distance championship events the minimum requirement is that you must finish within 120% (European selection) or 115% (World selection) of the winner of your age-group either in a qualification race. For middle and long distances the same performance percentages apply for your nominated race.
Performance percentage doesn’t apply for cross and winter triathlon or aquathlon but athletes will be required to submit relevant experience.
To work out your percentage of the age-group winner's time convert both times into seconds and then divide your time in seconds by the age-group winner's time in seconds and multiply by 100.
To get an understanding of times required you can look up the previous age-group winners at past years races to see what sort of times the races are won in and therefore where your own performances stand in comparison.
What competitions can I qualify for?
Several International Age-Group Championships are held across the globe each year. You can attempt to qualify for both European Championships and World Championships.
There are sprint and standard distance triathlon and duathlon championships and middle and long distance triathlon and duathlon championships. In addition, there are aquathlon championships, and cross and winter triathlon championships. Find out more on the championship registration pages.
I live abroad and cannot compete in any of the qualifying races. Can I still be selected?
We do not have an overseas selection policy for sprint and standard qualification. You must compete in one of the designated qualifying races or have prequalified to gain qualification. Results from another country's selection races will not be considered.
You can still be selected for long distance championships, winter and cross triathlon championships, and aquathlon championships. These events do not have specific qualification races and you can submit performances from races where you have achieved the qualifying performance from outside of the UK or have met the relevant experience criteria.
I live in Great Britain but I am not British. Can I still compete on a GB Age-Group team?
You must be either a legally resident in the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland or a citizen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland.
I have qualified. What happens next?
As soon as possible after the qualification race or qualification window successful athletes will be notified via e-mail. We endaevour to complete this process within two weeks. The e-mail will confirm your selection and contain further instructions on the next steps to take. In addition to this a ‘Q’ will be placed next to your name on the list of registered athletes at the bottom of the Championship event information page. The event registration pages can be found here.
PQ = prequalified
Q = qualified
I have qualified but I do not receive any emails?
Please ensure that your email address is correct within your Home Nation membership account at all times. If you haven’t received emails then please check your spam filter and add @britisthriathlon.org to your trusted senders list to ensure that your receive emails.
I sent an email to the Team Manager for my event yesterday and I haven’t had a reply yet?
Please bear in mind that all the Age-Group Championship Team Managers are volunteers. Your email will be replied to as soon as possible.
What are the uniform/kit requirements?
Please see the Great Britain Age-Group team policy section to obtain the official ITU Uniform rules which contain details about the tri suit requirements, sponsorship rules and logo placements.
There are a number of other optional items that are available in addition to the tri suits including specific event polo shirts and track suits which are all optional. All items can be purchased online via the Age-Group Kit Shop.
Who organises Age-Group championships?
The Age-Group European Championships are organised by the European Triathlon Union (ETU). The Age-Group World Championships are organised by the International Triathlon Union (ITU).
Can I compete in more than one qualification race?
You can enter and compete in more than one qualification race per championship event but you only need to register once for that championships.
You can qualify for multiple Championships, although current ITU rules do not allow an athlete to take part in two events within a 48 hour period at the same Championships so if you are successful in qualifying for two Championships that will be held within 48 hours of each other you will be asked to withdraw from one. Sprint and Standard are classed as separate Championships.
If a qualification race acts as a qualifier for more than one Championship you must register your intent for both Championships if you intend to qualify for both. You will only be considered for selection in the Championships you have registered your intent for.