Qualification Criteria & Process
- Athletes wishing to qualify for the English team must meet one of the eligibility criteria defined above and be a current member of OKSE
- OKSE will align with the IUKL approach for the structure of national teams as it relates to the “amateur” and “professional” categories and as it relates to age groups. The English team will therefore comprise of both amateur and professionally ranked athletes, where relevant, and of various age groups. (Please refer to the IUKL website if you are not clear which age group is relevant for you)
- The OKSE ranking tables will be used (please consult the OKSE website for the current year’s ranking tables) for determining the qualifying standard and all ranks referred to below relate to the aforementioned OKSE ranking table.
- Ranks from other kettlebell organisations cannot be used to qualify for the English team
- The number of athletes comprising each category and age group will be limited to 1 athlete per category e.g. 1 adult male, 85kg bodyweight, Professional, Long Cycle and 1 adult male, 85kg bodyweight, Amateur, Long Cycle.
- Where a given category is fully subscribed OKSE may nominate athletes to “reserve” positions based on athletic performance at the discretion of the OKSE Committee
- Where there is over subscription for a place in a given category or age group, then the best result of each athlete in question from the relevant calendar year will be used to determine qualification for the category in question.
- Applications for a place on Team England can be made through the website or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating the relevant event, category, age group, bodyweight and how the athlete fulfills the eligibility criteria.
- Athletes must be prepared to provide supporting evidence of their qualifying performance either in the form of a video or results table from an OKSE recognised event.
- Adult Professional: Athletes who wish to qualify as an adult professional for the English team adult age group must attain the rank of OKSE Professional Rank 1 at an OKSE recognised event, held in the relevant calendar year
- Adult Amateur: Athletes who wish to qualify as an adult amateur for the English team adult age group must attain OKSE Amateur Rank 1 at an OKSE recognised event, held in the relevant calendar year
- Juniors: Juniors who wish to qualify must attain the equivalent of an adult OKSE Amateur rank 2 at an OKSE recognised event, held in the relevant calendar year
- Veterans (age groupings reflect IUKL standards):
- Aged 40 to 45 must attain the equivalent of an adult OKSE Amateur rank 2 at an OKSE recognised event, held in the relevant calendar year
- Aged 45 to 50 must attain the equivalent of an adult OKSE Amateur rank 3 at an OKSE recognised event, held in the relevant calendar year
- Aged 50 and over; must compete and post a result at an OKSE recognised event using a kettlebell weight appropriate for the athlete’s age group at IUKL competitions (i.e. as at 2014 this was 12kg for females and 24kg for males but is subject to change by IUKL) held in the relevant calendar year. The athlete achieving the highest total in the relevant category will be given a place on the team at the discretion of the OKSE committee
- The athletic performance used to qualify for Team England must be at the bodyweight category that the athlete intends to compete in as part of the national team
OKSE Recognised Events
- OKSE currently recognise the following events for the purposes of qualification
- OKSE organised competitions
- GSU Scottish, English, Welsh, British and Irish championships
- IUKL World Cup and World Grand Prix events
- Any other IUKL recognised competition
- The above list may be expanded at the discretion of the OKSE Committee
- Additions or changes to this list will be announced on the OKSE website and other digital channels
- I qualified for a place on the English team during 2014, do I automatically qualify during 2015?
- No. You must submit a qualifying performance during the relevant calendar year to compete as part of the English team during the calendar year in question
- I currently weigh 85kg and have submitted a qualifying performance, but I plan on losing weight this year. Can I compete in 78kg bodyweight category?
- No. Your qualifying performance must be at the same bodyweight category as you intend to compete in
- The eligibility criteria and qualification process may be amended and refined from time to time as is deemed necessary by the OKSE Committee. In the event of a dispute in relation to the published process, an athlete should submit their dispute to the OKSE Complaints & Grievance Officer for consideration by the OKSE Committee. The OKSE Committee’s decision on any dispute and interpretation of the qualification process will be final and not open to further appeal.
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