Youth (13-15) & Junior (16-19)
Providing development and competition opportunities for youth and junior age athletes is a key part of TriNL’s 2018-2021 Stretegic Plan. Hundreds of kids participate in Kids of Steel events across the province, and TriNL would like as many as possible to transition into Age Group and elite competitions such as the Canada Summer Games.
Youth and Junior membership fees (including the $6 Triathlon Canada fee) are set at $23 per year, and discounts are available if parents are also TriNL members.
One of the main objectives of TriNL is the development of junior athletes to represent the province and compete in the Canada Summer Games (see below).
Please contact us if you need more information regarding these age groups.
Youth (ages 13 - 15)
Triathletes are designated in the “Youth” category if they are between the ages of 13 and 15. You will find some youth races as part of Kids of Steel events, and race organizers across the province are including Youth distance events with their adult events as well. Under the Events menu, check out the KOS events and the Cancer Fighter Triathlon in Corner Brook, Carbonear Try-a-Tri, and Paradise Try-a-Tri for suitable distance events for the Youth category. Youth born between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2005 will be eligible to compete in the Canada Summer Games in 2021. See the section below for more information. There are maximum course distances mandated for youth age categories for safety and long term athlete development reasons: Age 12/13 – Swim up to 300 m, Bike up to 10 km, Run up to 3 km Age 14/15 – Swim up to 500 m, Bike up to 10 km, Run up to 4 km.
Junior (ages 16 - 19)
Triathletes are designated in the “Junior” category if they are between the ages of 16 and 19. Junior age athletes can participate in Sprint distance triathlons (Swim 750 m, Bike 20 km, Run 5 km).
Juniors born between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2005 will be eligible to compete in the Canada Summer Games in 2021. See the section below for more information.
Canada Summer Games 2021 (born Jan 1, 2001 to Dec 31, 2005)
Team development for the province’s Triathlon entry in the Canada Summer Games works on a 4 year cycle. For the 2021 Games in the Niagara region, the cycle starts in 2018 with the identification of potential athletes. Potential athletes will mostly be in the Youth category in 2018, but Juniors of age 16 and 17 will also be eligible (and prime candidates). Provincial team coaches Steph Nevin and Will Duggan will be observing and encouraging eligible athletes at events across the province throughout 2019.
At the end of the 2019 competition season TriNL will select a training group to receive coaching over the winter and into 2020. There will be opportunities each year for new athletes to join the training program. If you are interested in representing Newfoundland and Labrador in the Canada Summer Games in 2021, in the sport of Triathlon, please contact Steph and Will at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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