AG Policies, Selection Criteria and Nomination Links

2018 ITU Age Group World Championships

The Kiwi team will be heading across the ditch to take on athletes from all over the world only 5 months after the  2018 Commonwealth Games. This is your opportunity to wear the silver fern with pride and be crowned the Age Group World Champion.


Event Date: September 12-16, 2018
Event Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Distances: Sprint & Standard Triathlon

Great news! If you qualify for both sprint & standard distance triathlon teams, you can race in both at the World Championships! No conflicts in the race schedule this year!

2018 Age Group Multisport Festival

Join the mixed teams heading to compete in the northern hemisphere. Whether you are an athlete of many races or a specialist, this multi-sport festival offers something for all.


Event Date: July 6-14, 2018
Event Location: Fyn, Denmark
Distances: Long Distance Triathlon, Duathlon (sprint/standard), Cross Triathlon, Aquabike and Aquathon

Great news! You can race in multiple races provided you qualify as per the relevant selection policies. However, please note- the long distance triathlon and Aquabike World Championships races are on the same day- you’ll need to choose your preference if you qualify for both.

2018 ITU Triathlon Age Group World Championships

Gold Coast, Australia

Primary Selection Event
(12 spaces/ age category)
Secondary Selection Event

(6 spaces/ age category)

Sprint Triathlon Kinloch Triathlon (February 11th) Pak’NSave Triathlon (November 26)**Draft legal
Standard Triathlon Corsair Classic (January 28th) Tinman Triathlon (November 19)

2018 Multisport Festival Age Group World Championships

Fyn, Denmark

Mid Distance Triathlon Challenge Wanaka Half (February 17th) POT Half (January 20)
Sprint Duathlon Pukekohe Duathlon (August 6th)
Standard Duathlon Corsair Classic (January 28th)
Cross Triathlon XTERRA Motatapu (March 10th)
Aquabike Challenge Wanaka Aquabike (February 17th 2018)
Aquathlon No Selection Event. More information to follow.


NOTE: To be considered for selection in the 2018 NZ Age Group Team you must submit a Nomination Form no later than two working days after the selection race. Selection policies will be available in September 2017.



2018 Nomination Form  – click here
(NOTE: For athletes competing in a 2018 NZ selection event)


2018 Special Circumstances Form – click here
(NOTE: If extenuating circumstances prevent you from competing in (and/ or completing) a selection race, complete a Special Circumstance Form)

Please be aware of the deadline for form submissions!

Nomination forms: No later than 2 working days after the respective selection event.

Special Circumstance Applications:


Duathlons: February 28th 2018
Cross Triathlon:  March 13th 2018
Long Distance Triathlon: February 28th 2018
Aquathlon: February 28th 2018
Aquabike: February 28th 2018


Sprint & Standard Triathlon: March 31st 2018


Eligibility criteria

You MUST on selection race day:

  • Be a citizen of New Zealand, be a permanent resident of New Zealand or have been residing in New Zealand for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Be a current member of Tri NZ (TRIBE) and be in good standing with Tri NZ
  • Be a current member of a Tri NZ Affiliated Club


Race qualification standards

You MUST on selection race day:

  • finish within 120% of the gendered age group winners time
  • finish within the number of allocated slots (based on AG finished position)

*The only exception to the 20% threshold  is where the winner finishes 10 minutes or more ahead of second place. In this instance, the 120% threshold is taken from the second place getters time.

All athletes racing in selection races must submit a selection nomination form in the set out deadline. Check the relevant selection policy for further details. 

To be selected in the NZ Age Group Team athletes should:


  • Compete in a selection event
  • Meet eligibility requirements
  • Meet race qualification standards
  • Complete and return a Selection Nomination Form no later than two working days after the selection event

These events are privately owned and operated independently of the ITU World Championships. Selection information on Kona and Xterra can be found on their website.


Athletes competing in these events are also encouraged to take out Triathlon New Zealand’s Insurance Policy to ensure they are adequately insured while travelling, competing and training.


For more information on this policy, contact the Age Group Experience Manager at

If circumstances prevent the athlete travelling to New Zealand to attend the selection event, they may still be considered under special circumstance selection. However, the following must apply to the athlete:


  • Must be a Triathlon New Zealand member (TRIBE) and New Zealand citizen.
  • Must complete the online application within 2 working days of the final New Zealand selection race of that discipline.
  • Member of an affiliated Triathlon New Zealand club*


Consideration will be given to athletes who are unable to compete in (or finish) the selection event, however, there is a limited capacity for these considerations and selection will be at the discretion of the Age Group Selection Committee.


Athletes who:


  • have entered a selection event and their performance was adversely affected by illness/injury/mechanical problems. The athlete must complete and submit their Special Circumstance Form online within 2 working days of the selection race that they had entered and for which their performance was affected.
  • are unable to compete at any selection event due to health/surgery/other extenuating circumstances. The athlete must complete and submit their special circumstance form online within 2 working days of the final selection race of that discipline.
  • have raced in Junior Elites or Under 23 selection races but not age group selection races will not receive automatic selection into age group teams. For such athletes, a Special Circumstance Form must be completed within 2 working days of the final age group selection event of that discipline.


*It’s not compulsory for athletes to belong to an affiliated club but Triathlon New Zealand encourages all athletes to.