In 2014 the Tri Monsters was founded by Laura Medcalf, as an initiative to support youth participation in Triathlon in the North Okanagan. The Tri Monsters is continuously evolving to offer more opportunities for youth in the area to participate in triathlon and cycling.
It is my goal to support a development pathway for local kids who want to participate in the sports of road cycling and triathlon. It’s important to me that our community provides opportunities for kids to try triathlon at any age, practice and participate regularly in triathlon at any age and stage, and to train to compete in triathlon or road cycling, if they choose to specialize in those sports and follow a high performance pathway.
The Tri Monsters has a roster of draft legal Youth and Junior athletes, performing at a provicial podium level. For 2018 our sights are set on Continental Cup events, National Championships and beyond. On the high performing end of the spectrum, we have been earmarked as a Triathlon Canada club of excellence for development opportunities. On the entry level end of the spectrum, we LOVE playing games on all types of bicycles, in local parks with our 6-8yr old Mini Monsters, and running into and out of the water over and over again to get comfortable with our faces in the lake. As host club of the annual Paradigm Naturopathic Kids Triathlon, we place a lot of value on providing opporutnities for kids to participate, at whichever level they choose.
The goal of the Tri Monsters is to support the growth of youth participation in triathlon and road cycling, by providing age appropriate coaching and training opportunities within a team atmosphere.
- To work with existing sport organizations, local businesses, and groups to foster community relationships and provide cross participation options.
- To prepare youth athletes to compete at age appropriate events, with age appropriate training, based on recommendations and guidelines provided in the Long Term Athlete Development models by Cycling Canada and Triathlon Canada.
- To develop the team and coaches to support athletes as they grow.
- To place an emphasis on fun, fitness, fresh air, friendship, and participation, and to use youth sport to teach and model the importance of being active for life.