A lack of clarity in Triathlon Australia’s selection policy is not getting the best out of the country’s athletes.
That’s the opinion of Olympic champion Emma Snowsill as a similar scenario to her controversial London Olympics non-selection looms for this year’s Commonwealth Games.
Emma Moffatt and Aaron Royle are on the team to Glasgow after earning selection confirmation at last year’s world championships grand final in London.
But the remaining two spots in both the men’s and women’s teams are yet to be finalised.
A decision will be made after this weekend’s world championships race in Auckland.
Several athletes are in the mix with Triathlon Australia (TA) using a discretionary process to finalise the team.
It’s the same process which Snowsill unsuccessfully appealed against after failing to gain a spot to defend her Olympic title in London.
She says the lack of clear selection criteria leaves athletes confused and uncertain over just what they need to work towards to get the nod.
“A criteria and a policy are not the same,” Snowsill told AAP at a ceremony to mark four years until the start of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
“Criteria is the set of standards that an athlete needs to do in order to perform at the highest level. That is still not in place.
“That’s not elite racing. Elite racing is you have a goal and we all work really well off a goal.
“Not everybody gets there but that creates performance.”
Snowsill said when she discovered the selection policy was still in place she offered to work with TA to provide an athlete’s perspective for official criteria.
Joining other sports such as swimming and athletics with clearly defined goals is the only way to go in her opinion.
“It’s got to be clearly defined for an athlete,” she said.
“You can’t go into a race thinking ‘oh well, maybe if I get top eight they’ll think about it’ …. an athlete needs to go ‘I came ninth, I didn’t get top eight’.
“There was a yes or a no and they can walk away from that … that’s the problem, that there’s no line in the sand.”