“Introduction to Triathlon” Youth Event This Weekend

Under 15 Relay- start of the bike leg in the sand

Under 15 Relay- start of the bike leg in the sand

The BVI Triathlon Federation is kicking of its 2014 Youth Development Programme on Saturday April 12 with an ‘Introduction to Triathlon and Training” session at Cane Garden Bay. It’s an intro to Triathlon – swimming, running and lots of fun!

The session will be held on the beach across the road from the small Methodist church. Start at 8.30am, finish at 10.00am. 

No bikes are needed for first training session, but participants will need to bring sun cream and water.

There is no age limit, but kids must be able to swim unaided.

2014 Youth Development Programme Calendar of Events:

  • April 12 – Introduction to Triathlon and Training
  • May 3 – Training Race
  • June 7 – Training Session
  • June 21 – Olympic Day Race
  • September 13 – Training Session
  • October 18 – Race
  • November 8 – End of Season Race and BBQ

The Youth Development Programme will be run by Richard Morgan. In March, Richard attended a USA Triathlon Level 1 Coaching Course hosted by the ST Croix Triathlon Federation.

“It was great to meet lots of keen triathletes with lots of different backgrounds from all over the US, to talk about different training methods and to hear what was going on in each of their areas,” said Richard.  “In addition to sessions on swim, bike and running skills, we learned about nutrition, strength training for triathlon and periodisation (the long name for how to build training programs).”

“The BVI Triathlon Federation has hosted some fantastic kids’ events over the past two years – my son loved doing his first race last year, aged four.  I am excited to take over the kids’ programme and hope to be able to encourage lots of new participants to have a go at a sport I love.  The training course has given me some brilliant insight into the world of coaching and a greater enthusiasm to get children involved.  We have arranged an exciting program mixing training days with races so that we can work on the childrens’ skills but also give them some healthy competition to get everyone fired up!”

For future events children will need to bring their own bike and helmet.  Helmets and shoes are compulsory for all children on their bike, and any offers of help will be gratefully received!