Major Program Partner

Program Pathway Partner

Program Summary

Program Season: September - April
Age Group: 13-19 Years of Age
Gender: Male and Female

Current Program Status: Accepting Nominations

About the Program

The South West Sydney Academy of Sport implements development and high-performance programs for talent identified athletes from South Western Sydney region across several sports.

The Academy implements a Triathlon program in association with NSW Triathlon.

The focus of the program is on high standards of individual performance and excellence based on a solid platform of skill development. The program is a link in the Triathlon Australia junior triathlete development pathway, linking club athletes to State and National programs.

Program Objectives

Create an environment where athletes can develop the necessary tactical, technical, physiological and psychological skill competencies to aid progression through to the National Athlete Pathway.

Compliment the requirements to have an accredited Home Coach and the Daily Training Environment. 

Provide access to an aligned pathway under the guidance and direction of Triathlon Australia's National High-Performance Program.

Athlete Benefits

The program provides access to State recognised pathway performance coaching, analysis of individual skill technique and development within a squad structure, sports science testing, and access to high performance strength and conditioning programs.

A large range of athlete appropriate education workshops such as sport psychology, nutrition, drugs in sport awareness, public speaking, resilience, media training, sports medicine and injury prevention are also undertaken as a part of the regular training program.

Triathlon and 'individual sport discipline' events will be selected to best suit the current development level of athletes, and may include events scheduled in conjunction with other NSW Regional Academies of Sport, camp-like training environments. 

Key performance opportunities include participation in the ClubsNSW 'Your Local Club' Regional Academy Games, and access to compete in the NSW Triathlon Biligence Pathway Championship Series (BCPS).

Athlete Eligibility

  • Athletes must be between 13 and 19 years of age as of 31 December 2025.
    • Ie born 2006 - 2012
  • Athletes must be a registered and financial member with Aus Triathlon
  • Athletes must reside in, or attend school, or compete for a NSW Triathlon affiliated club within the Academy area of Campbelltown, Camden, Liverpool or Wollondilly Local Government Areas (LGA)

In addition; NSW Triathlon requires;

  • Athletes must be eligible to represent Australia at International Competition
  • Athletes must not be a 'AusTriathlon' categorised athlete.
  • Athletes must be (or willing to work to become) draft legally endorsed through the AusTriathlon draft legal endorsement process and will subsequently have one of the following membership categories endorsed;
    • Youth Draft Legal for 14 year olds 
    • Junior Draft Legal for 15-18 year olds
  • Agree to the completion of the relevant Athlete Pre-screening Questionairre, Pre-participation evaluation and any other relevant athlete profiling screenings requested by NSW Triathlon.

Selection Process

  • Athletes must complete a South West Sydney Academy of Sport Athlete Nomination Form prior to the advertised closing date. 
  • Following the closing date, athletes will be advised if they are required to attend an interview, or complete a skills assessment.
  • Prospective Athletes and their Parents must attend an online information session, which will be held via zoom at 6:30pm Monday 5 August 2024. Athletes and Parents will be sent the link to this session after the close of nominations. 
  • The Final Squad will be announced on 12 August 2024.  
  • Athletes may be selected via NSW Triathlon Event Automatic Selection, Discretionary Select; or Talent Transfer.
  • Athletes must be Draft Legal to participate in the Biligence series and Regional Academy Games

Junior triathletes and non-triathletes who have achieved a significant level in one or more of the triathlon disciplines (swim, bike, run) are encouraged to nominate.

Non-triathletes need to demonstrate a sound level of ability in the other disciplines.

Athlete Scholarship Levy

  • An Athlete Scholarship levy of $300 inclusive of GST, will apply to all successful athletes. 
  • This levy assists in offsetting the program costs of;
    • Annual Athlete Membership including ID Card, Athlete Journal, Annual Awards Dinner admission; 
    • Training and Development including training venue hire, sports equipment, skill development programming, and guest / coaching costs.
    • Education and Support Services including online access to programs / XPS network, targeted sports education lectures and workshops with guest presenters, sport specific strength and conditioning program with an Academy S&C partner facility, sport science testing, and access to athlete wellbeing and support service network providers.


Additional Fees / Levies

Uniform Costs

  • All uniform purchases are to be made via the Academy's uniform supplier ACEIT, utilising their online store. 
  • New athletes will be required to purchase uniform consisting of at minimum, Athlete Polo Shirt, Walkout Shorts and Gym T-shirt. The cost of this is approx. $90. 
  • New athletes will be provided a discount code to purchase an Academy tracksuit following receipt of payment of the Athlete Scholarship Levy. 
  • Additional competition uniform costs exist, specific to sport requirements, which athletes will need to purchase. The required items, if not listed below, will be identified at the sport program induction. 
  • Athletes may purchase additional Academy items, that includes Hoodie, Socks, Towel, Sports Bag, Backpacks, and Active Wear. 


  • Triathlon Athletes will be required to purchase an Academy Tri-Suit prior to competition. Details of the cost and ordering process for this uniform will be made known as soon as practicable to the athletes selection within the program.  


Camps, Tours and Tournaments

  • Camps, Tours and Tournaments form an important part of each sport program structure. The costs of these events, as with the overall sport program, are heavily subsidised by the Academy and its partners.
  • Camp / Tour costs may be applied for certain activities throughout the program year and will be communicated well ahead of the event. These are generally costed at $100-$150 per day and include transport, accommodation and the majority of meal costs, as well as any entry fees associated with tournaments or performance elements of the camp / tour. 
  • Eligible athletes who are selected to represent the Academy at the Regional Academy Games in Tamworth in April 2025 will be required to pay a Games levy of between $350 and $400 (subject to sport requirements), which will be invoiced separately to the above Athlete Scholarship Levy.
  • Tournaments held locally (where the Academy does not provide Accommodation) may attract a nominal fee of between $10 and $50 depending on the sport requirements, and are used to assist in covering the tournament entry, venue hire and any transport costs.


All Athlete levies must be paid in full within 30 days of the invoiced date, or the scholarship offer will be automatically withdrawn; unless financial hardship or payment plan arrangements have been made with the CEO.

Training and Performance Opportunities

  • The Academy will conduct regular skill training sessions that will include swim, bike and run sessions plus other skills activities, in a squad environment between September and May each year. A focus on athletes attaining draft legal status as well as racing skills will form a key part of the program.


  • Additional Academy education sessions may take place following the conclusion of the "program year", with the program formally concluding at the Annual Athlete Graduation and Sport Awards Dinner, generally held in late July.
  • Athletes will be required to undertake a strength and conditioning program, including access to a supervised gym program throughout the period.
  • Squad sessions may be aligned with Sunday Mac Tri club races and other targeted racing events enabling athletes to work on race skills and tactics.


  • Athletes who have met the Draft Legal requirements will attend the 'ClubsNSW Your Local Club Academy Games' at Tamworth and will participate in triathlon racing events and skills sessions over 2 days. 


  • Athletes will participate in nominated races of the Biligence Pathway Championship Series as an Academy Squad, which may include camp and/or village environments at these events. 


  • A full training and performance schedule will be provided to successful athletes through the XPS Network online communication tool.

Squad and Support Staff

2024-2025 SIMEC Tahmoor Coking Coal Triathlon Squad and Coaching Staff will be announced after the selection date. 


2023-2024 SIMEC Tahmoor Coking Coal Triathlon Squad

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Caitlin Sendt
Assistant Coach: Cody Salter
Apprentice Coach: Charlotte Tarbotton
Apprentice Coach: Harry Lindbom
Apprentice Coach: Bodhi Jackson


Lachlan Arentz
Zoe Bruce
Kade Burgess
Matthew Fosse
Phoenix Jackson
Joshua Persen
Alyssa Persen
Charlotte Tarbotton

NSW Triathlon Emerging Talent Squad*
Bodhi Jackson
Harry Lindbom


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Last Updated: 13 June 2024

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