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).

Guiding Principles

  • 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:

  1. Active Start (0-6 years)
  2. FUNdamentals (girls 6-8, boys 6-9)
  3. Learn to Train (girls 8-11, boys 9-12)
  4. Train to Train (girls 11-15, boys 12-16)
  5. Train to Compete (girls 15-21, boys 16-23)
  6. Train to Win (girls 18+, boys 19+)
  7. 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.

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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.

Event Distances:

  • 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:
Want to stay current on the action leading up to the 2018 BC Summer Games? Contact to sign up to our exclusive 2018 BC Summer Games mailing list to learn about upcoming Games opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions


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.


The province is divided into eight geographical zones. A BC Summer Games map and list of communities can be found at


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.


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.


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.

The BC Games were a major part of my development into the athlete I am today. I had the opportunity to race at a well organized event and meet some really great people that are good friends to this day. The Games were a crucial stepping stone in my career, and I'm grateful to have been a part of them.

Matt Sharpe, ITU Racer, National Team athlete

High Performance Athlete Information

Triathlon BC, in close collaboration, and in full alignment with Triathlon Canada, strives to ensure sustained competitive excellence embracing both, a systems based approach and a winning focused approach, using the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model to provide a critical understanding of our high performance development pathway.

Key Pillars to High Performance

Triathlon BC has identified 7 key pillars to High Performance:

  1. Leadership: Build a team with a common vision and goal of making Triathlon BC the leading province in Canada.
  2. Attitude: Foster a winning culture among the athletes using appropriate training and competition strategies to ensure success.
  3. People: Advance the level of coaching delivery at all phases of the podium pathway.
  4. Support: Provide excellent support and service to athletes at all levels of the program.
  5. Environment: Creating Coach driven, athlete focused, daily performance environments.
  6. Pathways: Ensure an effective system with programs to serve both the specific needs of podium potential athletes while at the same time developing programs to address limiters and gaps within the podium pathway.
  7. Program Accessibility: Ensure the talent ID and development programs are effective in delivering a larger talent pool based on Triathlon Canada’s “Gold Medal Profile” criteria.

Canadian Sport Institute – Pacific Athlete Carding

Canadian Sport Institute (CSI) is a leader in the delivery of programs, services and expertise in high performance sport in Canada. The success of athletes, coaches, staff and volunteers affiliated with the CSI is directly related to the strong partnerships that have been established with regional, provincial and national organizations.

Triathlon BC & Canadian Sport Institute athlete cards are targeted for athletes 23 years of age and under (qualified athletes may appeal the age exemption; however, they must show a minimum [3%] measureable time improvement from one year to the next, documented at sanctioned triathlon, swim or run events).

The Integrative Performance System (or IPS) carding is a program provided by the Canadian Sport Institute and PacificSport supporting identified athletes with access to programs and services.  These services range from free gym access at participating locations, to biomechanical analysis for elite level athletes, to workshops on marketing and career development.  Athletes on Triathlon BC’s IPS list are identified using a performance criteria . Annual intake begins in the fall/winter each year.

View the newly approved 2017 CSI Triathlon Athlete Eligibility Criteria HERE

Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) Selection Criteria:

The BC Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) is an athlete-centred program, funded and administered by the Sport and Recreation Branch. AAP seeks to recognize and support BC high performance athletes striving to represent the Province and Canada in athletic competition.

The program seeks to relieve some of the pressures associated with training and competition needs while participating in provincial, national and international sport events.

2015_16 AAP Selection Criteria

All applicants must submit a written submission listing, in point form, how they meet each of the listed criteria points (Section 5.0).  Further, application must include a formal AAP Application Form.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please do not forward applications to the Sport Branch.

Elite International Competition Cards (ICC)

Age group athletes looking to secure Elite status to compete at multisport* events as elite/professional athletes must apply for an International Competition Card (ICC) directly through Triathlon Canada. For more details and to apply for an ICC, please contact Triathlon Canada.

In alignment with Triathlon Canada, Triathlon BC no longer issues provincial Elite cards for Long Distance, Short Course or Junior Elite athletes.

Athletes Commitment to Fair Play

Triathlon BC respects fair play on the playing field and off. To view our Commitment to Fair Play, please follow the link below.

Fair Play Code for Athletes

National Sport Trust Fund

Triathlon BC’s Pool to Podium program has been created to bring high performance athletes from a provincial level to an international performance standard. These athletes have been identified as meeting and/or exceeding strict eligibility criteria. It brings together top tier athlete support, advanced coaching, intensive training, and international caliber competition opportunities. Donations made to the Pool to Podium program will be used to offset the cost of facility rentals, routine health and wellness screening, physiological testing and assessment, training, travel and cost of competitions for developing young athletes on the cusp of making our National Team.