Active Start: Kids of Steel

FUNdamentals: Kids of Steel

Learn to Train: Kids of Steel

Triathlon is a sport growing in popularity around the world. Race participation has increased by more than 300 per cent between 2005 and 2010. The sport has also experienced significant growth in Canada since the birth of Triathlon Canada 25 years ago. In fact, it’s now one of the nation’s most rapidly growing sports. Triathlon debuted at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia as a provisional sport and has been granted full program status for future Olympic Games.

Triathlon teaches participants fundamental movement skills, fundamental sport skills and the ABCs – agility, balance, coordination and speed – of physical literacy.

Triathlon’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model consists of seven stages.

  • Active Start (ages 0-6) – Provides the foundation for lifelong physical activity through the acquisition of basic movement skills in fun, daily environments.
  • FUNdamentals (M 6-9, F 6-8) – Develops and builds fundamental motor ability and physical literacy.
  • Sample (1-2 years of training) – Encourages technical mastery and the development of speed; talent detection begins.
  • Specialize (3-5) – Becomes a triathlete by choosing to train and compete; talent selection takes place.
  • Investment (6-8) – Masters self-management and achieves race consistency at the international level; talent prediction occurs.
  • Maintenance (9-10+) – Refines and maintains all skills and capacities while realizing full physical potential.
  • Active for Life (all ages) – Encourages individuals to remain physically active and involved in the sport, either competitively or recreationally, for life.

Triathlon Canada’s LTAD
This document provides a generic stage-by-stage process that considers some current knowledge on growth and development and the trainability of fundamental motor abilities.

Kids of Steel triathlons cover both the FUNdamentals and Sampling stages, and are designed to offer kids and young adults the opportunity to experience the sport of triathlon in a positive environment.

The National Junior Series focuses on the Specializing stage and provides Canada’s junior athletes with a highly competitive draft-legal racing experience

Triathlon Canada –