Want to take the next step in your Triathlon career?

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 in September. However, there is a heavier focus on the program from October through to Your Local Club Academy Games in April.

Register your interest for 2024/25

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 weekly skills based and strength and conditioning training to which attendance is expected.

2023/24 Staff

Benjamin Bell, Coach

Scott Ashcroft, Coach

Michelle Gibson, Manager

2023/24 Squad

Zane Ashcroft
Jake Barritt
Alexis Bell
Skye Bell
Adam Blackbourn
Montana Doubell
Harry Fraser
Cate Giason
Jack Gibson
Pixie Hanson
Will Mason
Isla Oconnor
Milton Stepanovski

Athlete Profiles

Scholarship Components

Academy Games

Skill Development

S&C testing

Strength & Conditioning

Education workshop

Education Sessions


2023/24 Scholarship

Athlete Eligibility

To be eligible for an IAS Triathlon Scholarship, athletes must:

  • Reside within the Illawarra Region, Kiama, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Wingecarribee or Wollongong local government areas
  • Be a registered member with Triathlon NSW and with a club in the Illawarra region
  • Be born in 2005-2011

Athletes identifying as Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander may be eligible to participate in the Indigenous Talent Program (ITP). The ITP provides an opportunity for the IAS to provide mentorship and a dedicated level of focus upon the outcomes and support for Indigenous athletes.

Indigenous Sports Program


2023/24 Triathlon

Selection Criteria

Satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following qualities;

  • Physical abilities and physical skills considered to be essential for eventual success in Triathlon
  • Display an ability to apply coaching & technical instruction
  • Display attitude, commitment and dedication to improving performance
  • Demonstrate potential to be selected for NSW state teams
  • The ability or potential to work as part of a team to achieve excellence
  • All athletes are required to compete in the Tri NSW Billigence state series
  • The potential to achieve Triathlon Australia standards of:
    • Swim: 400m TT: Boys Youth 6min, Boys Junior 5:30, Girls Youth 6:00, Girls Junior 5:45
    • Cycle: be draft legal / proficient in riding on rollers / Complete skills course without fault
    • Run: 1500m TT
      • Boys Youth 5:45min, Junior 5:15min
      • Girls Youth 6:00min, Junior 5:45min


2023/24 Scholarship

Selection Details

Applications Close: 5pm 11 August 2023

Trials: Saturday 12 August 2023, 9am, University of Wollongong.


2023/24 Scholarship


IAS athletes are required to purchase the IAS squad uniform, they also are required to contribute to additional components of the programs such as camps.