I am now in a position to announce the selection policies for WOC 2016 and the SHI 2016.
The selection panel (Kyle Heron, Helen Baxter & Paul O’Sullivan-Hourihan) would like to acknowledge the commitment of the athletes and wish them all well in the selection process.
- As you are probably aware, there is a chance that at the nominated Swedish selection races, it may be the case that all Irish athletes are not able to run on the same course. Although this is not ideal from a selectors, or athletes, point of view, these will still be considered as selection races.
- The courses will be planned by the same team, to the same standards, in the same terrain, and so as selectors it will be possible for us to compare performances between Irish athletes on different courses.
- You can be assured that our priority is always to make the selection process as fair as possible, and the integrity of the selection process will not be affected by this. We advise all athletes to enter the elite courses as normal, wish all athletes competing the best of luck, and to not be concerned in any way if you are on a separate elite course to other athletes.
As a result of discussions with athletes after the IOC2016 sprint race it was decided to hold an alternative sprint selection race for the men.
This is Ireland’s 2016 SHI Selection Policy. The selectors (Allan Bogle, Philip Baxter & Mike Long) would like to thank everyone for their input with regards to the policy.