World Triathlon is proud to announce the opening of applications for the 2023 Athlete Scholarship Programme, meant to identify and provide support, resources, and expertise to those athletes from developing/emerging National Federations (NF Groups*: 2, 3B, 3A) with the greatest needs to help them compete at Continental and World level over the second year of the Olympic Qualification Period (staring 27 May 2023) and help their preparation and qualification for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games and beyond.

(*Note: for NF Groups, please visit National Federation Survey).

Athletes selected for the World Triathlon Athlete Scholarship Programme will be carefully ‘placed’ in a programme commensurate with their specific needs in the interest of their progressive development to an elite level. Placements will vary in duration and form depending on the specific outline of the programme developed by the NF in conjunction with World Triathlon Development deemed to be conducive to the athlete’s development needs.

The target group will be athletes from developing National Federations (NF Groups: 2, 3B, 3A) who have already shown competence at a Continental and World level and are looking to make the step up to top-level training and racing but need support to do so. These athletes should be seen as Olympic prospects (Paris 2024 & Los Angeles 2028) by their National Federations. The athletes will be drawn primarily from U23 and elite ranks.

Qualification Criteria
In order to be eligible, Athletes must be registered and in good standing with their National Federations, and need to have shown the ability to race at a high standard in Continental and World Triathlon Cup-level competitions. The athletes nominated should be committed to competing in the long term and have the Olympic Games as an ultimate objective.

World Triathlon Development will consider the following criteria in the selection process:
– Top 5 placing at Continental Championship in Elite (U23) in the past two years among the developing/emerging NFs (NF Groups: 2, 3B, 3A). OR “Finishing at least in the first ⅔  of two Continental Cup (CC) events in 2022/2023”
– Top 200 on the World Triathlon Ranking
– Must be from an emerging/developing National Federation (NF Groups: 2, 3B, 3A).

All applications will be considered in conjunction with a strong endorsement from the Athlete’s National Federation.

The applications should be submitted using the online application form no later than Friday, 16 June 2023. Successful applicants will be informed by the end of June 2023, and World Triathlon Development will coordinate the plans with the successful athletes and their NFs.

PLEASE NOTE: The respective National Federation of the applicant MUST submit all applications. The National Federation must be in good standing with World Triathlon.

Successful applicants will receive the following:
The amount of funding allocated to each athlete depends on the programme outline submitted by the NF for each candidate.

Use of the World Triathlon Athlete Scholarship
The World Triathlon Athlete Scholarship may be used for the following as defined in the athlete’s 2023 planning and approved by World Triathlon Development:

– Participation (travel, accommodation) at qualification races on the way to Paris 2024 and beyond
– Massage, Physiotherapy
– Equipment support.

Evaluation and Requirements of Recipients
The athletes selected will be tracked for the duration of the placement, and regular reporting will be required from the candidates and their personal coaches.

Athletes who receive a World Triathlon Athlete Scholarship will be required to compete in the Continental Championships (Elite, U23, Junior) and/or the World Championships (U23, Junior) in the year of receiving the scholarship.

All recipients must make themselves available (within reason and without interfering with the athlete’s training, racing or school commitments) for interviews and photo sessions to promote the programme in their own country and internationally.

For more information on the World Triathlon Athlete Scholarship Programme please get in touch with Zita Csovelyak, Head of National Federation Services & Development, at

Download the Application Form here.

In 2022 World Triathlon awarded an Athlete Support Grant to U23 Athletes and Para Triathletes in conjunction with the 2022 World Triathlon Championship Finals Abu Dhabi.

U23 World Triathlon Championships | Athlete Support Grant Recipients | 2022 Abu Dhabi

Seifeldee Ismail (EGY)
Seifeddine Selmi (TUN)
Marcin Stanglewicz (POL)
Jamie Riddle (RSA)
Tzu I Pan (TPE)
Yejin Park (KOR)
Hannah Newman (RSA)
Alzbeta Hruskova (CZE)
Bailee Brown (HKG)

World Para Triathlon Championships | Para triathlete Support Grant Recipients | 2022 Abu Dhabi

Antonio Franko (CRO)
Bence Mocsári (HUN)
Fethi Zouinkhi (TUN)
Filipe Marques (POR)
Seyed Shooresh Delpasand (IRI)
Krushna Babasaheb Tanpure (IND)

Post-Tokyo, World Triathlon Development reviewed the applications and athletes’ race results in 2021 and awarded some athletes as future potentials.
World Triathlon Athlete Scholarship NextTriGen holders in 2021:

Diego MOYA (CHI)
Tyler Smith (BER)
Erica Hawley (BER)
Henry Rappo (EST)
Andie Kuipers (ZIM)

World Triathlon Athlete Scholarship holders in 2021:
Antoanela MANAC (ROU)
Leslie Amat Alvarez (CUB)
Diego MOYA (CHI)
Mohamad MASO (SYR)

World Triathlon Athlete Scholarship holders in 2020:

Antoanela MANAC (ROU)
Diego MOYA (CHI)
Mohamad MASO (SYR)
Romina Natali BIAGIOLI (ARG)

World Triathlon Athlete Scholarship holders in 2019:

Antoanela Manac (ROM)
Brian Moya (COL)
Erica Hawley (BER)
Kaidi Kivioja (EST)
Kim Marion Mangrobang (PHI)
Matthew Wright (BAR)
Ognjen Stojanovic (SER)
Tyler Smith (BER)

World Triathlon Athlete Scholarship holders in 2018:

Armando Matute (ECU)
Brian Moya (COL)
Diana Castillo (COL)
Edda Hannesdottir (ISL)
Erica Hawley (BER)
Juan José Andrade Figueroa (ECU)
Kaidi Kivioja (EST)
Matthew Wright (BAR)
Mikita Bely (BLR)
Mikita Katsianeu (BLR)
Ognjen Stojanovic (SER)
Tyler Smith (BER)

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