From playground to podium, athletes of all ages are encouraged to participate in sport to support a healthy, active lifestyle.
Guiding Principles 'Long Term Athlete Development'
Science, research and decades of experience all point to the same thing: kids and adults will get active, stay active, and even reach the greatest heights of sport achievement if they do the right things at the right times. This is the logic behind the Long-Term Athlete Development model (LTAD).
- Programs direct athletes toward doing the right thing at the right time.
- Athletes are encouraged to achieve stage specific outcomes prior to undertaking activities associated with the subsequent stage.
- Training Programs are tailored to the individual based on the nature of their development and considers their physical, psychological and social characteristics.
- The sport of Triathlon will work with, not in opposition to, or repeating the work of, other sports that triathletes are participants in during their early years of development.
Stages within the LTAD model
There are seven stages within the basic LTAD model:
- Active Start (0-6 years)
- FUNdamentals (girls 6-8, boys 6-9)
- Learn to Train (girls 8-11, boys 9-12)
- Train to Train (girls 11-15, boys 12-16)
- Train to Compete (girls 15-21, boys 16-23)
- Train to Win (girls 18+, boys 19+)
- Active for Life (any age participant)
Stages 1, 2 and 3 develop physical literacy before puberty so children have the basic skills to be active for life. Physical literacy also provides the foundation for those who choose to pursue elite training in one sport or activity after age 12.
Stages 4, 5 and 6 provide elite training for those who want to specialize in one sport and compete at the highest level, maximizing the physical, mental and emotional development of each athlete.
Stage 7 is about staying Active for Life through lifelong participation in competitive or recreational sport or physical activity.
BC Summer Games
In July of 2018, the BC Summer Games will be visiting the Cowichan Valley, and Triathlon BC will be part of the action. The Games offer a full slate of events, including an Aquathlon, Duathlon, Super Sprint Triathlon, Relay and F1 Triathlon. In addition to a packed competition schedule, athletes can also participate in skill development sessions.
Catering to performance-oriented young athletes between the ages of 14 and 15, the BC Summer Games take place every two years, and attract the best athletes from every corner of the province. Taking place over several days, the Games offer five competitions. In order to compete at the Games, athletes must be members of Triathlon BC prior to selection, and qualify based on the criteria listed for each zone.
- Aquathlon – 300m swim and 1km run
- Duathlon – 1km run, 5km bike, 1km run
- Super Sprint Triathlon – 400m swim, 10km bike, 3km run
- F1 Triathlon – 200 m swim / 3 km bike / 1 km run
- Mixed Relay Event – 4 x 200 m swim / 3 km bike / 1 km run
What is an F1 Triathlon? F1 Triathlons are draft-legal super-sprint distance races designed to provide an entry-level experience in the draft-legal format. Triathlon BC will provide technical workshops on bike drafting leading to the Games.
There will be one Head Coach and one Assistant Coach per zone. Zone teams that include both male and female athletes, must have a Coach and Assistant Coach of the opposite gender. Each zone is required to have a Head Coach.
In an effort to ensure equal participation and representation from all areas of the province, the BC Games has divided the province into eight Zones; Kootenays (Zone 1), Thompson-Okanagan (Zone 2), Fraser Valley (Zone 3), Fraser River (Zone 4), Vancouver-Coastal (Zone 5), Vancouver Island-Central Coast (Zone 6), North West (Zone 7), North East (Zone 8).
BC Summer Games Mailing List:
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Frequently Asked Questions
WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE IN THE BC GAMES?
The BC Summer Games are a unique and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. These Multi-sport Games are different from a single-sport competition and have additional distractions that a single-sport environment does not provide. These Games also help participants prepare for higher level multi-sport Games like Canada Summer Games. Triathlon events at the BC Summer Games are very similar to those at Canada Summer Games. Athletes are offered the chance to compete in a mixed relay, and draft legal environment.
WHAT BC SUMMER GAMES ZONE AM I IN?
The province is divided into eight geographical zones. A BC Summer Games map and list of communities can be found at https://www.bcgames.org/Games/Zones.aspx.
HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO COMPETE IN TRIATHLON AT THE BC SUMMER GAMES?
Athletes competing at the summer games are between the ages of 14-15. Athletes who wish to participate in the 2018 BC Summer Games will need to be either 14 yrs or 15 yrs as of December 31, 2018.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE IN TRIATHLON AT THE BC SUMMER GAMES?
The BC Summer Games registration fee is $175 per athlete. This registration fee covers the cost of travel to/from, and while at the Games, meals and accommodation, your competition, special events, and entertainment, including opening and closing ceremonies. Athletes who wish to participate in triathlon will also incur additional charges to cover costs associated with race uniforms.
CAN PARENTS COME TO WATCH ME COMPETE AT THE BC SUMMER GAMES?
All competitions are open to the public and are free of charge. Your friends and family are welcome to come and cheer you on and see you at your sport venue. Only Games participants are permitted access to the accommodation sites, food venue, Games transportation, and special events. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies are also open to the public and there is no admission fee; however, space may be limited and a ticketing process may be implemented.