2015 World Championship Selection Policy

The SSA Cross Country Committee (SAXC) has recently updated the Selection Policy for the major international events of 2015. This includes the World Championship in Falun, the Junior / U23 World Championship in Almaty, and the World University Winter Games in Strbske Pleso. A summary of the selection standards and rationale behind changes to the selection policy are included below. The full policy wording is available in this linked document:

Selection Policy Summary

2015 World Championship, Falun, Sweden

Women:

  • A standard:          1 result < 120 FIS Points
  • B Standard:         1 result < 140 FIS Points, OR 2 results < 160 FIS Points

Men:

  • A standard:          1 result < 90 FIS Points
  • B Standard:         1 result < 120 FIS Points, OR 2 results < 140 FIS Points

These results need to be achieved within 365 days of the start of the championship.

The major change in the World Championship criteria is due to the new qualification standard put in place by FIS. Any athletes who do not achieve the 120 points for women and 90 points for men standard (B qualified athletes) are required to compete in the 5km and 10km qualification race on the opening day of the championship in order to compete in any of the other Distance events. B qualified athletes will be permitted to start the Sprint events if starts haven’t been filled by A qualified athletes. The details for determining which qualified athletes are selected to start in each event will be published following the Australian winter.

2015 World Junior Championship, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Women & Men:

  • A standard:          1 result < 150 FIS Points, OR 2 results < 180 FIS Points
  • B Standard:         3 results < 5%, Australian Junior Selection Races

The A standard for the WJC has been tightened up, with both single result and two results options. To note, all athletes who competed at the 2014 WJC would have met the new A standard. The B standard is significantly different to previous years and is based on results behind the fastest athletes in the Australian Junior Selection races. The intention with the new standards is to provide more support for athletes skiing at a higher level, but also to ensure that athletes will meet the B standard each year without having to chase FIS points.

2015 World U23 Championship, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Women & Men:

  • A standard:          1 result < 120 FIS Points, OR 2 results < 150 FIS Points
  • B Standard:         2 results < 180 FIS Points

The A standard for the U23WC has been raised considerably. This reflects the high standard of this event and the need for athletes to have taken a step up from WJC level in order to be competitive. The B standard has also been raised, but is still very achievable and comparable to the A standard for the WJC.

2015 World Universiade Winter Games, Strbske Pleso, Slovakia

Women & Men:

  • A standard:          1 result < 120 FIS Points
  • B Standard:         1 result < 195 FIS Points

The standards for the WUWG have been kept the same as they were in 2013. This event is good stepping stone for athletes competing at the WJC level through to WU23C and World Championship level.


Any questions regarding the major international event selection criteria or the National Team program should be directed to Finn Marsland, SSA Cross Country Skiing High Performance Manager, or to Anthony Evans, SAXC Selection Committee Chair.

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