CTA is one of the four Regional Youth Academies (RYAs) under the TNZ high performance scheme. RYAs provide young aspiring athletes social, and structured development environments within regions. RYAs are run by coaches who are directly connected to the TNZ High Performance Unit.
Go to the TNZ website (https://triathlon.kiwi/athlete-development/) for further details.
The CTA is part of the Canterbury Triathlon Club (CTC) and all CTA athletes are CTC members. The CTA provides an ongoing pathway for young CTC athletes who have been junior program members. CTA athletes are a minimum of 14 years of age. The CTA is also open to athletes from other sports entering triathlon between the ages of 15-23.
To provide young triathletes with a clear pathway to national and international success with the 2020, 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games as the ultimate goal.
2014: Establish a Christchurch based high performance support programme for young triathletes
2015: Two Medals at national secondary school championships
2017: representation at junior and under 23 level at world championships event, 1 or 2 athletes
2018: 1 medal at junior or Under 23 world championships event
2018: participation at Youth Olympic Games
2019: Have as many athletes as possible on P2P program
2019: Ongoing success on national level (medal at NZ Junior champs & qualify athletes to represent NZ at world champs)
2019: 1 medal at Oceania champs
2020: 1 medal at Youth Olympic Games
2024: participation at Olympic Games
Historically Christchurch has provided a strong base for high performance triathlon in New Zealand. In 1996 the New Zealand Triathlon Academy was established in Christchurch as the national programme for excellence in Triathlon. Over the years Canterbury has produced multiple World Triathlon Champions and Olympic representatives in Erin Baker, Jenny Rose, Sarah Harrow, Ben Bright, Kris Gemmell , Greg Watson and Andrea Hewitt.
Christchurch has always been recognized nationally and internationally as an ideal training ground for triathlon with excellent facilities, a variety of training terrain and temperate, dry climate
Since the 2011 earthquake the infrastructure of the city has been severely damaged and with it a very active high performance sport programme, including triathlon, has been severely eroded. Christchurch has lost its status as one of the National Training Centres and most sports have shifted their high performance base to Auckland and Cambridge in the North Island.
Christchurch sports facilities have been partly rebuilt and HPSNZ (High Performance Sport New Zealand) has established an active presence at the Jelly Park sport complex as a base for a regional training centre. High Performance Sport NZ, in conjunction with regional sports trusts and national sporting organisations have also established a pathway to podium (P2P) programme for young aspiring athletes that is now centrally administered by HPSNZ. The program has been run by Sport Canterbury until 2017 and is centralised since the 2018 intake.
We propose that the CTA develops its own training centre in cooperation with the Waitaha Pool / Canterbury Swim School and maintains the links with the HPSNZ training centre in Christchurch.The CTA is the organisation leading TRINZ regional youth development programme in Canterbury / West Coast region.
Local Canterbury Triathlon coaches have combined forces to help establish a regional programme for young talented triathletes in the Canterbury region.