1. Why does my child need to be a member of Triathlon BC?
Tri Monsters is a registered and affiliated club with Triathlon BC and membership is a requirement of sanctioning.
2. How far is the swim?
Kids of Steel & Junior Race distances are set by TriathlonBC, at a maximum distance per age group. Event distances vary. Typical distances for Kids Triathlon events might include for example:
8-9yrs 50m Swim, 5k Bike, 1k Run.
12-15yrs 400m Swim, 10k Bike, 2.5k Run.
**Ages for Triathlon are always as of Dec 31 of the current year.
3. Is a short 8 week season, or 5 week camp, really enough time to ‘train’ for a triathlon?
The purpose of our camp practices is to teach and develop the technical skills for triathlon, with most of our time spent working on bike handling skills, open water swimming skills, and transition skills. Vernon offers many opportunities for youth to learn or train swimming, many other youth sports include running and other fundamental movement skills. It is not the intention of the Tri Monsters to duplicate fantastic local programs that already exist. It is strongly recommended that all athletes are also participants in a twice (or more) per week swim program, at some point in the year.
I hope that by keeping the season short, we will foster a love for the sport and increase interest level, while reducing the risk of burn-out and injury that children who specialize in just one sport too early may experience.
If your child truly has a strong drive to be a triathlete, and they LOVE to swim, bike and run, that is fantastic, let them practice as much as their energy and enthusiasm allow! This can and should include: going for lots of bike rides both on and off road, as well as taking part in other programs in the individual sports of swimming and running that Vernon has to offer such as the Vernon Kokanee Swim Club, and the Vernon AAA Track and Field Club.
4. Does my child need any special equipment to participate
Introductory camp level athletes will require a swim suit, a bicycle in good working condition & properly fitting helmet, and a pair of running shoes. Athletes joining the full season team, who have decided that they like the sport and want to participate regularly in team activities will need to have more specific swimming, road cycling and triathlon equipment and apparel (road bike for example). We are able to assist a small number of athletes each season with equipment to try out the sport, if equipment purchase is a limiting barrier to sport, please contact us and we will see what we can do to get started and try out the team.
Equipment needs to be an appropriate size for the athlete and needs to be maintained on a regular basis.
5. What are the pre-requisites to join the Tri Monsters? What if my child is not able to do that yet?
To join camps: athletes must be able to ride a two wheel bike, and must be comfortable swimming unassisted.
To join the club: athletes must be able to ride a road bike with control (must be able to use brakes, corner, ride a straight line), and be able to swim a minimum of 200m in under 5 minutes (11-13yrs), or 400m freestyle in under 9 minutes (14yrs +). Swim requirement not applicable for athletes joining the cycling program only.
Athletes joining the Junior Squad are making a commitment to the sport. Athletes will be assessed individually for appropriateness for the program, no specific pre-requisites exist. Typically those with previous experience in the Tri Monster Club, or athletes transferring from training in other sports at a competitive level, are a good fit, and have the drive and determination to pick up any skills they don’t yet have.
If your athlete is not quite ready to join us yet, we look forward to working with you next season. In the meantime, please make use of all of the fantastic opportunities for learning to swim, training to swim, gaining bike skills and learning the fundamentals of sport that the North Okanagan has to offer, such as: Red Cross Lessons at the Vernon Rec Centre; Kokanee Swim Club; Pacific Sport Sports ABCs or Xplore Sports Programs through the Vernon Rec Centre; Vernon Triple AAA Track and Field Club; Vernon BMX; to name a few.
6. Am I required to volunteer?
Yes, we need at least one volunteer from each family at both the Paradigm Naturopathic Kids Triathlon. This local event is run entirely by volunteers, and without volunteers we have no events in which we can participate. Plan to be around September 9th. Those interested and available to put in a little more volunteer effort, are invited to take on an organizational role with the event, or with the Vernon Youth Triathlon Society.
7. Will my child be cycling on the road?
Camps take place in fields, parking lots, and parks, completely separated from vehicle traffic. Club practices include cycling on public roads. As with all sports and activities, there are risks involved, and we will do everything in our power to minimize those risks, including teaching and modeling safe behaviour, choosing quiet roads and times of day to practice and having adequate coach & volunteer to participant ratios.