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.
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:
- Leadership: Build a team with a common vision and goal of making Triathlon BC the leading province in Canada.
- Attitude: Foster a winning culture among the athletes using appropriate training and competition strategies to ensure success.
- People: Advance the level of coaching delivery at all phases of the podium pathway.
- Support: Provide excellent support and service to athletes at all levels of the program.
- Environment: Creating Coach driven, athlete focused, daily performance environments.
- 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.
- 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.
- Transparency: Converting to provincial programs to Triathlon Canada’s National Team is a big step, requiring a thorough understanding of criteria and policies. Get to know Triathlon Canada’s Performance Stream HERE.
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.
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.
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.
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.