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Stuff.co.nz: NZ triathlon team named for world champs

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New Zealand has named its teams for September’s world triathlon championships in London.

Olympians Andrea Hewitt and Kate McIlroy headline the group, which spans age-group entrants to elite athletes.

The elite men’s and women’s teams also include Nicky Samuels, Tony Dodds, Clark Ellice, Bryce McMaster and Ryan Sissons.

Triathlon New Zealand’s high performance director, Graeme Maw, congratulated the 12-strong group.

“The high performance programme is set up to unambiguously be a medal-winning programme,” Maw said.
Selectors have taken the unusual step of not naming any male athlete’s in the under-23 team, citing a need to “stay true to a medal-winning focused programme.”

“Unfortunately in the U23 men we do not have anyone competing at the required level at present,” Maw said.
“The U23 international competition is fierce, with the likes of Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee [Olympic gold and bronze medallists] emphasising how competitive this age group is.

“We are very conscious of the significance of the under-23 step in the pathway to senior international success,” Maw said.

Meanwhile, athletes have also been selected to represent New Zealand in the elite categories of the aquathlon (swim/run) world championships, also held in London in September.

They are Elise Salt, Maddie Dillon, Anneke and Rebecca Clarke.
Maw says the experience will be vital for all selected.

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