2019 Head Coach Message
Our coaching team is excited to offer our 6th season of cycling and triathlon programs! All programs emphasize variety in movement, fitness, fresh air, and fun. Athletes are challenged to grow, learn and improve at their individual ability level, with age appropriate activities in accordance with Triathlon Canada Long Term Athlete Development models. New athletes are always welcome. If equipment or cost is a barrier to participation, and you have an athlete that is keen to participate for the entire season, please contact Laura to discuss options, we are able to support a few athletes with borrowed equipment, and can refer to programs like KidSport that can assist with funding.
We are thrilled to offer participation opportunities at all stages of the long term athlete development pathway.
First timers, para athletes, and 10&Unders are invited to try triathlon at the Paradigm Naturopathic Kids Triathlon on Sept 8th. This low cost, one day, entry level triathlon is a great way to test out the sport and try something new. Look forward to some Summer Triathlon Clinics for 6-11yrs leading up to Kids Tri, coached by our Junior Squad members.
10-13yrs & 14-18yr old recreational athletes, are invited to join the Cycling Club and/or Triathlon Club. These are skill based programs that will teach a love of play on bikes and outdoor activity.
14-18yr old competitive athletes in our Junior Squad are supported individually, within a team environment, as they make their way from BC Games towards podium pathway, high performance post-secondary programs.
New this season, under the Tri Monsters umbrella, a Masters Triathlon program is being launched!
Come join us for what will be an amazing season of swimming, cycling, running, and outdoor play for all ages!
Head Coach, Tri Monsters
NCCP Comp Dev Certified (level 3)
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.
In 2014 the Tri Monsters was founded 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 TriMonsters is operated by Head Coach Laura Medcalf, who comes from a background of competitive swimming, and as a masters (age group) triathlete, she has been invovled as a coach in the sport since 2006. Since founding the Tri Monsters, Laura has become one of a small number of Comp-Dev (level 3) certified Triathlon coaches in BC. She now acts as the head coach for the Okanagan region for BC Summer Games, and has been assistant coach to Triathlon BC Provincial Coach Kelly Guest, for Nationals & Canada Summer Games in 2017. In other triathlon related roles, Laura facilitates NCCP Coach courses and is a certified NCCP Coach Evaluator. In efforts to tie activities of the youth triathlon community together, Laura became a founding member of the Vernon Youth Triathlon Society. Her role in the Society as Race Director, launched the Paradigm Naturopathic Kids Triathlon into a spot on both the Provincial and National race calendars as high performance development opportunities for Youth & Junior athletes. The Tri Monsters is identified by Triathlon Canada as a club of excellence, producing athletes capable of future podium pathway performances.