Natwest International Island Games 2021 Qualification Criteria Announced



Team composition

The Island Games rules state that we can select a team of up to 10 athletes of which a minimum must be 2 female and 3 male. The Team will ideally be made up of 5 female and 5 male, provided criteria is achieved by sufficient athletes of each gender, with 1 one athlete of each gender as development athletes should there be suitable candidates. 

The development athlete must be 21 years old or under on race day and still satisfy the time cut-off criteria following. The development athlete will be judged solely by the selection Committee after they have obtained the required time. In the event that an under 21 athlete gains selection on their own merit, then the Committee has the discretion to release that development place to a second under 21 athlete.   

Selection criteria

To be eligible for consideration an athlete must obtain a qualifying time in any Olympic distance race or for the development athlete in a sprint distance race, before 30 September 2020. 

Male 2 hrs 20 minutes

Female 2 hrs 35 minutes

Development Male 1.06 TBC

Development Female  1.12 TBC

Selection events

Athletes will be judged on their results in the following two Olympic distances races only. No account will be taken of any other races completed in 2020 (unless exceptional circumstances apply). This will allow athletes to peak for these two results only and not be concerned if they are using earlier season shorter races as “training” races and training heavily through them.

Jersey Triathlon Sunday 19th July 2020

Guernsey selection event Sunday 2nd August 2020

The qualification time must be achieved in the Jersey Triathlon in order to be eligible to race for a team place in the 2ndqualifying race (an Island Games course simulation race).  The team will be selected based on the top placed athletes within that race in the relevant categories: men (male) / women (female) / development.

Should an athlete be placed highly during the Jersey triathlon but fail to finish due to a mechanical or similar issue, then that athlete may request the selection committee review a detailed racing CV from 2019 and 2020 in order to be eligible to be considered in the 2nd qualifying race

In the event of a tie, the Selection Committee is then able to use their discretion to select one of those athletes.

Any athlete incurring a drafting penalty in a selection race has the result discarded for purposes of selection.  

Off Island Athletes

Special consideration will be given to exceptional athletes who qualify to race for Guernsey, live abroad and cannot make the selection races. They should submit a detailed racing CV from 2019 and 2020 before 30 September 2020.  Due to the nature of the planned race course, the CV should include a race of a similar profile to demonstrate their suitability to the event.

Other exceptional circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Selection Committee

It is proposed that a decision on selection will be made before 31st October 2020. The selection Committee will consist of Mark Naftel and 2 others yet to be named, unconnected to any selection athlete. 1 male and 1 female reserve athlete will be selected.

Any queries to Russ Smith 

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