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Kids of Steel
The Kids of Steel (KOS) program is Triathlon Canada's national youth development program, aimed at athletes under the age of 19. The Kids of Steel program has an overarching objective of providing a guideline for youth development. Details on Kids of Steel, the National Sport Trust Fund, a listing of our youth clinics and much more can be found below.
Kids of Steel Promotes:
- Healthy, active living – triathlon as a lifestyle sport
- Lifelong participation – recreation and competitive streams; developmentally appropriate training
- Safety – distance and equipment regulations
- Fun – enjoyment of sport, celebration of personal excellence and camaraderie
- Skill development
- The foundations underlying the Kids of Steel are based on sound theory, encompassing:
- Comprehensive research in youth sport
- Physiological, psychological and social growth development patterns
- Maturational issues
- National sport development models
- Olympic values
External School Sports Credit Program
If you are a high-school-aged athlete, member of Triathlon BC, and have fulfilled the minimum eligibility for any of the approved programs listed below, please contact Triathlon BC to request a letter confirming your participation and to earn high school graduating credits!
Athlete 10 – Zone Select Team
Athlete 11 – BC Athlete Assistance Program
Athlete 12 – Provincial Team – Nationals, Junior National Development Team or U23
National Development Team
If you are an athlete or a parent of an athlete that may be eligible for External School Credits, please contact Triathlon BC for more information.
Age/Distance Rules (Maximum)
There are specific rules that apply to youth events to maximize safety, inclusion and participation. Important equipment rules are highlighted below. A detailed outline of the rules can found in the 2017 Triathlon BC Youth Rules.
|AGE & RACE EQUIPMENT|
|Under 7 to 11 years|
|12 to 15 years|
|16 to 19 years|
Age/Distance Rules (Maximum)
Event distance regulations promote skill acquisition, speed, and inclusion (everyone can finish). Listed distances are MAXIMUM distances in each sport. Athletes can compete in shorter divisions or lower age groups, but, in accordance with Triathlon Canada regulations, may NOT race up in age or distance.
|7 & U||50m||1.5km||500m|
|8 to 9||100m||5km||1km|
|10 to 11||200m||5km||2km|
|12 to 13||300m||10km||3km|
|14 to 15||500m||10km||4km|
|16 to 19||750m||20km||5km|
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.
To learn more about giving, and to donate to our Pool to Podium program, click on the button below.Pool to Podium Program
BC Summer Games
Every two years the Triathlon plays a role in the BC Summer Games. These Games offer a full slate of events, including an Aquathlon, Duathlon, Triathlon, Relay and F1 Triathlon for athletes between the ages of 14-15.
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
- 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.
Qualifying for BC Summer Games:
In order to qualify for the BC Summer Games, eligible athletes need to race at their zone specific qualification or wildcard race. The qualification process for the 2020 BC Summer Games is currently being re-evaluated. Updates to this process will be posted here once they are ready.
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).
Learn more about the BC Games, visit the official Games website.
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 2020 BC Summer Games will need to be either 14 yrs or 15 yrs as of December 31, 2020.
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 a custom BC Games racing suit and t-shirt.
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 venues, 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.