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.
- Super Sprint Triathlon – 400m swim/ 10km bike/ 3km run
- Mixed Relay Event – (3x or 4x) 200 m swim / 3 km bike / 1 km run
- Duathlon – 1km run/ 6km bike/ 1km run
- F1 Triathlon – 100 m swim / 2 km bike / 500m run/100 m swim / 2 km bike / 500m run
- Aquathlon – 1 km run/300m swim/1km run
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 following races have been selected as Zone Qualification Races:
- March 7 – UBC Triathlon (Zones 3,4,5)
- May 2 – Delta Triathlon (Zones 3,4,5)**
- May 19 – North Shore Triathlon (Zones 3,4,5)*
- May 23 – PG Kids Triathlon (Zone 8)
- May 24 – Kalamalka Time Trial (Zone 2)
- May 31 – Comox Valley Tri-K (Zone 6)
- June 7 – Victoria Youth Triathlon (Zone 6)*
- June 13 – WASA Triathlon (Zone 1)
- June TBC – Bulkey Valley Pool Triathlon (Zone 7)
*Athletes need to be registered in the Draft Legal SuperSeries category for this race
**This race will be roll-down race. Any qualification spots still available after the UBC Triathlon will go to the Delta Triathlon.
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.
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
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.