Open Selection Criteria – 2017 Australian Cross Country Championships

The 2017 Australian Cross Country Championship will be conducted on Saturday, August 26th 2017, at Kembla Joggers Cross Country Park, Wollongong, NSW.

Athletics Victoria may nominate up to 6 male and 6 female athletes for the Open representative teams.


1.1 Registration Status

  • Athletes must be registered as a competing member with a club affiliated with Athletics Victoria at the time of close of entries for the trial event at Bundoora on Saturday 17th June 2017.
  • Athletes without permanent Australian residency must have been registered as a competing member with a club affiliated with Athletics Victoria for a minimum of two years.

1.2 Auto Selection and Priority Selection

  • The trial event for the Australian Cross Country Championships is the Athletics Victoria XCR’17 Cross Country Championships, conducted at Bundoora Park. 17th June 2017. Both the open men and open women will compete over a 10km course at the trial.
  • The first three place getters at the 17th June 2017 trial will be granted automatic selection if they wish to nominate for the Australian Cross Country Championships. Automatic selection will not roll down to the next finishing positions in the event of any of the first three not nominating for the team

1.4 Selectors Discretion

  • The Selectors will have the final say on the composition of the team and will take into consideration aspects such as head to head performances, consistency of performance, injury status and support for the XCR’17 series.
  • In deciding the remaining members of the team, the selectors will take into account performances by athletes in the completed XCR’17 events, including relays.
  • Extra weighting is given to the athlete’s performance at the 17th June 2017 trial event over any other XCR’17 event.

2.1 Nomination for Selection

Athletes interested in nominating must email the following information:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • DOB
  • Club Name
  • AV Bib Number
  • Relevant performances since 1st July 2016

All nominations must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Nominees will receive an acknowledgement email within 24 hours of nominating.  If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please call Sean Whipp at Athletics Victoria on 8646 4500.

2.2 Announcement of the team

The representative team, plus two reserves, will be announced by Wednesday 6th July 2017.  All applicants will be advised by email.