The IAS Triathlon Program is designed to support the developmental needs of the regions young talented triathletes by providing industry leading high-performance sport development programs. Scholarships are offered for a 12-month period commencing in October and concluding September. However, there is a heavier focus on the program from September through to state team selection trials in April.


Triathletes selected into the IAS Triathlon Squad will receive:

  • Access to two WIPC ( Wollongong International Performance Centre) training sessions per week.
  • IAS based camps / clinics
  • Discounted entry to local Triathlon events
  • Advice and direction on training and competition from coach Brendan Sexton – Triathlon Olympian and Triathlon Australia Development Coach


There will be two squads operating for the 2019/20 season, an A - Skills for Performance Squad and a B - Skills Based Squad.

To qualify for A – Skills for Performance Squad you must meet the following criteria:

  • Swim: 400m TT: 6min and under
  • Cycle: be draft legal / proficient in riding on rollers / Complete skills course without fault
  • Run: 1500m TT
    • Boys 5.15min and under
    • Girls 5.40min and under


The program will provide coaching, training and competition to improve athlete development with a view to:

  • Develop the fundamental skill level of athletes which will enhance their opportunities of progression through the TNSW Development Pathway into NSW squads and teams;
  • Prepare athletes for the listed NSW ITU Youth and Junior Development races, with a major focus on draft legal racing and the ultimate goal of athletes competing at the Australian Youth, Junior & U23 Triathlon Series
  • Increase the level of success of those athletes at competition and events in triathlon races nationwide
  • Provide an introduction and progression into sport specific strength and conditioning
  • Provide education around athletic development as well as personal development in topics such as Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Media Skills / Public Speaking, Youth Leadership, Drugs in Sport
  • The program will conduct fortnightly skills-based sessions and weekly strength and conditioning training to which attendance is expected.

Mr Brendan Sexton, Head Coach
Miss Lucy Cliff, Assistant Coach


Grace Mahon

Kye Robinson

Nash Hay

Brooklyn Henry

Zara Jobson

Freya Robinson-Mills

Liam Hinchcliffe

Thomas Jennings

Joel Offord

Mitchell Blackbourn

Deklan Campbell

Jacinta Cliff

Blake McKenna

Taj Hooper

Mackenzie Miller

Sophie Mills

Lauren Myers

Angus Waddell

The IAS 2019-20 Scholarship period will officially run from the Induction Day on Saturday 12 October 2019 through to September 2020.

Key commitments for the Scholarship period include (more specific information to come at Squad Inductions)

Squad Inductions:            Thursday 3 October
Induction Day:                   12 October 2019
Academy Games:               3-5 April 2020
Training:                              Fortnightly (dependent on time of year)
Education Sessions:          Various dates throughout the year
Athlete Testing:                  Induction Day & Mid-March
Strength & Conditioning: Weekly (dependent on time of year)

IAS triathlon sessions will be held at various venues throughout the Illawarra Region including Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and the Wingecarribee.

IAS Scholarship holders will be exposed to high level competition through their participation in the annual ClubsNSW Academy Games held in April.

IAS Scholarship holders are expected to attend ALL scheduled IAS triathlon sessions in addition to club, representative and other sport commitments.

The IAS is committed to the development of the holistic athlete by providing elite training in triathlon specific skills development, education and development around strength and conditioning, as well as a sports education curriculum.


Sports Specific Skill Development

IAS Scholarship athletes are provided elite Triathlon skill development programs and exposed to high quality instruction from the region’s leading Triathlon coaches.


Strength and Conditioning

There will be an expectation that IAS athletes commit to a Strength and Conditioning (S&C) program throughout the scholarship period. IAS view S&C as a crucial aspect of any athlete’s development. The IAS S&C program is overseen by our Physical Performance Coach and there are supervised weekly gym sessions at the majority of the council regions.


Education Components

IAS Scholarship athletes will complete an education curriculum covering sports specific topics including sports nutrition, performance psychology, drugs in sport, media/public speaking skills as well as many other topics throughout the year.


Education sessions will be in the form of webinars and workshops. The webinars are easily accessible anywhere, online. The workshops will take place at the University and will be a mix of interactive and content-based learning.

Illawarra Academy of Sport Triathlon Program is a gate to the pathway of the Olympic sport of triathlon. The mission of the program is to introduce, teach and develop the fundamentals skills of draft legal triathlon in an environment that allows for individual development, self challenge and collective rise. The program is designed to assist young people who have an interest in the sport of triathlon and wish to understand what is involved in triathlon training and competition.

By means of educational and practical sessions and local competition throughout the 2019/20 scholarship year scholarship holders will be exposed to:

  • Running, swimming and cycling technical theory
  • Running, swimming and cycling competition
  • Open water swimming skills
  • Road and velodrome cycling skills
  • Draft legal cycling skills
  • Technical cycling skills
  • Strength and conditioning theory and practical
  • Sports psychology
  • Optimal nutrition theory and application
  • Community and social activities

The IAS is the only regional Academy to not charge an athlete levy to athletes successful in obtaining a scholarship. However, athletes may be required to contribute to some additional components of the program such as camps and tours.

Athletes will also be required to purchase the IAS Triathlon squad uniform.

To be eligible for a Triathlon Scholarship, athletes must:

  • Reside within the Illawarra Region, Kiama, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Wingecarribee or Wollongong local government areas; and
  • Be a registered member with Triathlon NSW and with a club in the Illawarra region; and;
  • Be aged between 13 - 18 during the year of scholarship (born in 2002 to 2007)

Satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following qualities;

  • Physical abilities and physical skills considered to be essential for eventual success in Triathlon; and
  • Display an ability to apply coaching & technical instruction; and
  • Display attitude, commitment and dedication to improving performance; and
  • Demonstrate potential for selection into State or National representative squads 


What will be expected of 2018-19 IAS triathlon scholarship holders

  • Attendance and full application at all IAS training and education sessions including IAS testing
  • Attendance and full application at all IAS triathlon training and education sessions
  • Endeavour to compete at designated local triathlon events as part of IAS squad
  • Endeavour to gain the skills and proficiencies required to compete at state and national level draft legal events (including gaining draft legal certification)
  • Race any NSW or National level ITU youth or junior events if possible
  • Attendance at periodised IAS strength and conditioning sessions (unless already involved in triathlon specific S&C program, approved by triathlon program coach)
  • The selection process will entail trials using the TA Standardisation tests (swim and run time trials, rollers cycling and hockey field cycling skills test)


NB: Subjectivity is an unavoidable element of selection to the IAS Triathlon Squad.

Applications for 2019/20 Scholarships are now closed. 


For all enquiries please contact the IAS office on 4225 3899


  • 2018/19 Triathlon Coaches & Squad
  • Program Overview
  • Program Specifics
  • Triathlon NSW Development Pathway
  • Athlete Fees
  • 2019/20 Athlete Eligibility
  • 2019/20 Selection Criteria
  • 2019/20 Triathlon Nominations