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How to Qualify for the GB Age-Group team?

Step 1: Become a member of your Home Nation

In order to qualify you must be a member of Triathlon England, Triathlon Scotland or Welsh Triathlon and, you must have either a Core or Ultimate membership which includes the race licence. You must also be a British Citizen.

Click here to read more about membership.

Step 2: Choose a Championship

Select a race/s to qualify for. You can pick more than 1 Championship but they all have different qualifying rules which are outlined on each webpage. (Link at bottom of page to select a race)

Championships include European and World Championships, triathlons, duathlons, aquabikes, aquathlons, cross triathlon and duathlon of varying distances.

Step 3: Register - Part 1

Registering is different for different events.

Sprint and Standard Triathlon and Duathlon Championships

Qualification is via qualifying races with 4 places per age group allocated from the qualifying race. See below for the calendar of qualifying races. You must register to qualify before 5pm on the Friday before the quallifing race.

Middle, Long, Cross, Winter, Aquabike and Aquathlon Championships

Qualification is via submitting a race result which meets the criteria outlined on the event webpage. 

Step 4: Register - Part 2

Once you have chosen the Championship you'd like to qualify for, read the whole of the webpage. This will tell you how to qualify.

To register click on the blue registration button. You need your Home Nation membership number and password to log in. Follow the instructions and pay the £10 registration fee to register your intent to qualify.

You must register before the deadline outlined on the registration page. To check your registration has processed correctly scroll down to the bottom of the page to check your name has been added to the registered athletes list. You will also receive a confirmation email.  

Click here to go to the list of qualifying races

Click here to register your intent to qualify before a qualifying race

Click here to search for a European or World Championship Team

Step 5: Selection 

Within two weeks of the registration cut off dates, the Team Managers will add a Q next to the athletes who have qualified for the teams. If you have qualified, then this will be confirmed to you via email.

The email will contain the information we have at the time and further emails will follow which include the entry fee, course information and more details around the event itself.

Step 6: Pay your entry fee

Championship race entry fee

Once you have qualified you will receive a notification email with information on the next steps to take regarding payment of entry fees. This may take a few weeks or months to come through.    

Flights and accommodation

You will need to book your flights and accommodation independently. However, as our official Travel and Accommodation supplier, Nirvana Europe offer travel packages designed to meet the needs of GB Age-Group athletes. We will provide you with the relevant information regarding packages in the lead up to the Championship event.  

Please ensure you read the qualification pages for each event. More information can be found in the FAQs 

Link to qualifying racesList of 2021 & 2022 World & European Championship races

Event Definitions & Distances

Triathlon - swim, bike, run.

Sprint, Standard, Middle, Long.


Duathlon - run, bike, run. 

Sprint, Standard, Middle, Long.


Aquathlon - swim, run.

1000km swim, 5km run


Aquabike - swim, bike. 

Standard, middle, long


Cross Triathlon - swim, mountain bike, trail run.

Swim - 1000m to 1500m

Mountain Bike - 20km to 30km

Trail Run - 6km to 10km


Cross Duathlon - trail run, mountain bike, trail run

Trail run - 6km to 8km

Mountain Bike - 20km to 25km

Trail Run - 3km to 4km


Winter Triathlon - cross-country run, mountain bike, cross country ski

Cross-Country Run - 3 to 4 km

Mountain Bike - 5 to 6 km

Cross Country Ski -5 to 6 km 

Further Important Notes

  • Remember to check the registration page to find out the relevant deadline for registration. If you do not register by the deadline you will not be able to qualify. 
  • You can qualify for multiple races at one Championship event; however World Triathlon state the races must be at least 24 hours apart.
  • If a qualification event acts as a qualifier for more than one Championship, then you must register your intent to qualify for each of the Championship events separately. You will only be considered for selection to the Championships you have registered your intent for. 
  • Please keep your email address up to date within your membership account and add to your trusted senders list to ensure you’re kept up to date. (This is particularly important for Hotmail, Outlook, BTinternet, Yahoo,, and all other work email addresses. We would encourage you not to use a Hotmail, Outlook or work email address as our emails are often sent straight to junkmail with these suppliers and we are not able to hold places in teams for athletes who miss emails.)

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