Academy on lookout for new talent

THERE’S no doubting that there’s plenty of triathlon talent oozing out of the Coffs Harbour Tri Club but the North Coast Academy of Sport (NCAS) may be looking for athletes who’ve never done triathlon before for the 2010 squad.

The NCAS is calling for applications for the squad and Grant Giles who has again been appointed as the Triathlon Australia National Talent Identification and Development Coach says that to attend the trial in Coffs Harbour on Sunday, April 11, no triathlon experience is necessary.

Quite simply those athletes who are selected for this year’s squad must commit to aiming for selection to a higher level of program and attending events of the Head Coach’s recommendation. Selected athletes must also commit themselves to a structured home-based training program.

“The NCAS program is designed to offer training and competition support to athletes residing on the North Coast as well as identifying and developing new talent into these programs,” Giles said.

The Coffs Harbour trial will be a sprint race starting at 6.00am where athletes will be asked to complete a 400 metre swim, 9.5 kilometre bike ride, followed by a three kilometre run.

To be eligible to trial, athletes must reside on the North Coast and even if an athlete isn’t proficient in all three disciplines they are still encouraged to trial.

A road or mountain bike with an Australian Standards Approved helmet is required for the bike leg as well as running shoes, water bottle and swim gear.

If a participant cannot undertake all the disciplines, the coaches may consider standards and potential from the other events.

Application forms can be downloaded from the NCAS website at or contact with the Academy office can be made directly on 6620 3073.

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