About the Tri Monsters
In 2014 the Tri Monsters was co-founded by Melissa Spooner, and 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. The Tri Monsters is currently owned and operated by Head Coach Laura Medcalf. Learn more about Laura here.
The first Vernon Kids of Steel event took place in the summer of 2013 and was a huge success, filling up before race day. Having a youth club that supports kids in triathlon was the next logical step. It is my goal to support a development pathway for 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.
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 and participation, and to use youth sport to teach and model the importance of being active for life.