Age Group Selection Information

The Sprint Duathlon Selection Policy for 2019 can be found below. All other Selection Criteria and Policies are currently under review and will be available in late september- early October.

All athletes wishing to compete in the 2019 ITU Age Group World Championships (Multisport and/or Triathlon) must meet selection requirements set by Triathlon New Zealand.

2019 ITU Age Group World Championships

The Kiwi team will be heading to the the beautiful Lausanne in 2019 for the World Championships. The Swiss city has a rich history of hosting triathlon races dating back to 1998 when they welcomed the ITU Triathlon World Championships for the first time.


Event Date: August 29th – September 1st.
Event Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Distances: Sprint & Standard Triathlon

2019 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: April 27th to May 4th 2019
Event Location: Pontevedra, Spain
Distances: Long Distance Triathlon, Duathlon (sprint/standard), Cross Triathlon, Aquabike and Aquathon

The Triathlon NZ 2019 selected team heading to Pontevedra can be seen here.


Athletes who are interested in the Long Distance Duathlon World Championships (POWERMAN) need to complete a special circumstance application no later than February 12th 2019. Note that this World Championships has ITU requirements but is not supported in the same capacity as the Multisport World Championships and/or Grand Final.

Sprint Duathlon
Primary & Only Selection Event
19-Aug-18 NZ Sprint Duathlon Champs
Pukekohe Raceway Auckland City Tri Club
Sprint Triathlon
Secondary Selection Race
25-Nov-18 PakN’Save Triathlon
Pegasus (Christchurch)
Standard Triathlon 
Primary & Only Selection Event
2-Dec-18 NZ Standard Triathlon Champs
Mt Maunganui Classis Builders Tinman Triathlon
Cross Triathlon 
Primary & Only Selection Event
6-Jan-19 NZ Cross Triathlon Championships
Mid Distance (Long Distance World Championship Selection Race)
Primary & Only Selection Event
12-Jan-19 NZ Mid Distance Championships
Mt Maunganui Tauranga Half
Sprint Triathlon
Primary  Selection Event
10-Feb-18 NZ Sprint Triathlon Championships
Kinloch Taupo Tri Club


For 2018, there are no appointed selection races in the following races:

  • Standard Duathlon
  • Aquathlon
  • Aquabike- Please note a National Championships is being held at Challenge Wanaka in February. This WILL NOT be a selection race for the 2019 Multisport World Championships due to the timing of the international event.

Despite there being no appointed selection races in the above races, selection opportunities will still exist. More information will be provided in the respective selection policies but will likely be through special circumstance application.

2019 Nomination Form  –  CLICK HERE

This form is ONLY for athletes competing in the NZ 2019 NZ selection events. Do not complete this form if you are unable to attend the selection race).

Due to selection event opportunities this form is only applicable for:

  • Sprint Duathlon
  • Sprint Triathlon
  • Standard Triathlon
  • Long Distance Triathlon
  • Cross Triathlon

If the race you wish to gain selection for is not listed above, please see the below “Special Circumstance Form”


2019 Special Circumstances Form – CLICK HERE

Complete this form IF:

  • There is no appointed selection event for the World Championship team you wish to be selected for.
  • extenuating circumstances prevent you from competing in a selection race
  • extenuating circumstances prevent you from finishing the selection race
  • you entered the selection race but your finish result was affected by extenuating circumstances.


Based off 2018 Standards (subject to change)

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 5/10/15 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.