Triathlon NZ announces new Cambridge centre
Triathlon New Zealand has named Cambridge as it's site for a new high performance centre.
The centre will be based at the new Avantidrome complex, with dedicated and shared athlete facilities including sports science, therapy and a gym.
Triathlon NZ will also use the facilities at nearby St Peters School, including the 25m outdoor heated pool, conference and boarding facilities for athletes coming into camps or on short term visits to the centre.
New high performance director Graeme Maw, who is attempting to rebuild New Zealand's elite status after a poor Olympic campaign in London 2012, said Cambridge was chosen for offering good facilities across all three triathlon disciplines.
"When all factors are looked at Cambridge offers excellent training in all three disciplines and has an outstanding high performance culture ringing throughout its community," Maw said.
"The centre will provide the complete professional development for generations of Kiwi triathletes aspiring to achieve success on the Olympic stage. It will be the complete 'academy for triathlon excellence' focused of course on training allied with education in sporting skills and culture, academic support, and personal development."
Triathlon NZ chief executive Craig Waugh says the challenge is in front of the sport to retain its place amongst the best nations in the world.
"The Triathlon NZ board and I are excited and pleased to see the continued implementation of the sports first independent review focused on 2020," Waugh said.
"Triathlon globally is a young sport that is growing exponentially in terms of participation numbers and elite performance and investment. We do not want to fall behind, if we are to compete on the world stage and push for podium success we must adapt, grow and challenge ourselves.
"Triathlon NZ is steadfast in our desire to set triathlon up for success beyond 2020."