AUS-NZL Challenge - 'We urge all available athletes to nominate for the Australian Challenge team to enable a strong challenge with reserves to cover contingencies across all classes.'
For MW 18 and master’s classes (MW 35 +), the Australian Long, Middle & Sprint 2016 as the primary selection races, with Easter 2016 results as secondary performances to call upon where further clarity is required.
As someone who is not going to Qld and got injured and didnn't complete Easter, despite the first message, the signal I get from the second part is' don't bother to nominate'.
It's standard practice to select teams based on recent results. The criteria do also explain:
“Special consideration other than injury or illness may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Section 5.3 of the operational manual states the only grounds for special consideration are injury and illness. While this will generally be the case, in considering the performances of athletes at events, or other attendances required under these criteria, the respective national selection committees may, at their discretion, give weight to extenuating circumstances. In such circumstances (for example, travel delays, bereavement or personal misfortune), it is the athlete’s responsibility (school team mangers may submit special consideration applications on behalf of athletes) to submit a written application with evidence for special consideration to the appropriate selection panel.”
Although this paragraph was intended to relate primarily to the selection races, a request to be considered despite not having any recent national-level results could be entered into the ‘other information’ field on the nomination form. This would require the competitor to explain their injury/absence and document some specific results within the past 12 months which demonstrate competetiveness in their chosen age class.