National Squad Benefits
Being a member of the National Squad makes you eligible, under current selection policies, to represent Hong Kong, China at the elite level. This will enable you to race against the best athletes of your age in Asia, or at the ITU World Championships.
Members of the elite squads are eligible for training under the National Coach and coaching team based at the HKSI. The HKSI has world class training facilities, sport specific coaches, support services such as strength training, nutrition advice, sports science analysis, sports phycology, and team training programs. In addition, elite athletes’ racing and training programs are designed to suit their own personal development and objectives. Certain races will be targeted to achieve their best results, and to perform well at the Asian Championships or ITU World Championships. Team training and racing is an important part of performing well on the Asian or International race circuit, and this team racing is developed in the squad system. Training camps will be held in both Hong Kong and in other countries focusing on progressively improving performance.
Managing Time and Pressure
Athletes in the elite squads learn how to manage their personal time as they deal with conflicting requirements from training, competing, education, family and social life. Helping to manage this pressure is an important part of the program and relatively flexible arrangements are in place so as to enable athletes to achieve good all-round performance. For example, important examinations take place during this period of the athlete’s life, and at these times the training regime can be adjusted. Also the squad training system takes place at different times and places so as to minimize conflicts and to reduce travelling time.
Successful squad members will be part of a program which is designed to see them perform at their best as they mature. The objective is to consistently have athletes competing on the ITU World Circuit and qualifying to compete at the Olympic Games. These athletes will ultimately make triathlon their profession and are involved full time, in training and racing all around the world.
There is a comprehensive funding program available through the HKSI and Government funding which means that athletes training in the elite squads have most of their training and competition costs covered. Where funding is not adequate to meet all expenses, athletes may be invited to take part in programs or competitions on a self-funding basis. Elite squad training is focused on enabling a small number of talented athletes to achieve a high level of sustained excellence at an international level.
National Squad Obligations