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ITU unveils 2011 Sport Development projects

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is now accepting applications from National Federations (NFs) for its 2011 Sport Development projects, including Team ITU and athlete and coach scholarships.

ITU is committed to developing the sport of triathlon worldwide with programmes from a grass roots level to high performance.

Team ITU 2011
The goal of Team ITU is to provide support, resources and expertise to elite athletes from developing National Federations to compete at a World Cup level. At the same time it aims to increase the number of coaches from developing National Federations gaining experience in the preparation and support of athletes competing at a World Cup level.

Athletes receive airfare and accommodation, as well as access to a world class support team that includes a physiotherapist, bike mechanic and coaching.

Further information is available on Team ITU including a full project outline, qualification criteria and timelines.

Scholarship projects
Another development project back for 2011 is athlete and coach scholarships. Here, the main objectives are to increase the number of athletes and coaches – particularly female – from developing NFs at Continental and World Championships and ultimately the Olympic Games.

These scholarships afford recipients with the opportunity to advance their skills, with the long term objective of participation at an Olympic Games. Scholarship recipients receive funding plus an invitation to selected camps.

More information is available on scholarships, including qualification criteria, timelines and evaluation requirements: for athletes and for coaches.

The deadline for athlete and coach scholarships is March 1, 2011.

Last year, 10 athletes from nine developing NFs – plus one coach – were selected for the Scholarship programme.

Click here for more on ITU Sport Development

www.triathlon.org/development/

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