Junior Triathlon Squad

Junior Triathlon Squad

Our Junior triathlon development program provides junior triathletes with the opportunity to increase their skills, technique and fitness in a supportive, friendly training environment. We welcome juniors from 8 and over to join our junior triathlon program progress them through our skill development program at an appropriate rate for their ability and physical maturity. We actively encourage juniors with no specific history in triathlon, swimming, cycling or running to be part of our program and so that they can skills to enjoy and become competitive in junior triathlon.

The primary focus of our junior triathlon program is on skill development. We make sure that our sessions are fun, inclusive and focus on improving the fundamentals of swimming, cycling and running. Once our juniors have excellent skills and technical ability, they slowly transition into increasing their physical fitness. At this stage we teach them how to race effectively and encourage them to become competitive at the senior level.

We know that progressing juniors into competitive athletes requires sound fundamentals and good skill and we don’t advocate juniors training hard at a young age. Our goal is to ensure that juniors train and develop at a rate that is appropriate for their physical and mental maturity. This approach to training means that juniors enjoy the training sessions, make plenty of friends and attend consistently. The enjoyment of the sport leads to a balanced school / sport balance and we encourage any talented juniors to strive to reach their physical potential after they graduate from school.

Pricing

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  • All Swim SquadsAll Swim Squads
  • Junior Power Cycle SessionsJunior Power Cycle Sessions
  • All Power Cycle SessionsAll Power Cycle Sessions
  • All Run Sessions All Run Sessions
  • Junior Strength SessionsJunior Strength Sessions
  • All Brick SessionsAll Brick Sessions
  • Access to Stroke Correction ClinicAccess to Stroke Correction Clinic
  • Individual Training Programs & CoachingIndividual Training Programs & Coaching
  • Online TrainingPeaks accountOnline TrainingPeaks account
  • Coaching ContactCoaching Contact
  • Discounts on Products & ServicesDiscounts on Products & Services
  • Minimum TermMinimum Term
  • Junior Duathlon (Bike/Run)

  • All Swim Squads
  • Junior Power Cycle Sessions
  • All Power Cycle Sessions
  • All Run Sessions
  • Junior Strength SessionsAt Coaches Discretion
  • All Brick Sessions
  • Access to Stroke Correction ClinicAt additional cost
  • Individual Training Programs & Coaching
  • Online TrainingPeaks account
  • Coaching ContactDaily at Sessions
  • Discounts on Products & Services
  • Minimum Term3 months
  • Junior Triathlon (First Member)

  • All Swim Squads
  • Junior Power Cycle Sessions
  • All Power Cycle Sessions
  • All Run Sessions
  • Junior Strength SessionsAt Coaches Discretion
  • All Brick Sessions
  • Access to Stroke Correction Clinic
  • Individual Training Programs & Coaching
  • Online TrainingPeaks account
  • Coaching ContactDaily at Sessions
  • Discounts on Products & Services
  • Minimum Term3 months
  • Junior Triathlon (Additional Family Member)

  • All Swim Squads
  • Junior Power Cycle Sessions
  • All Power Cycle Sessions
  • All Run Sessions
  • Junior Strength SessionsAt Coaches Discretion
  • All Brick Sessions
  • Access to Stroke Correction Clinic
  • Individual Training Programs & Coaching
  • Online TrainingPeaks account
  • Coaching ContactDaily at Sessions
  • Discounts on Products & Services
  • Minimum Term3 months
  • Advanced Junior Coaching

  • All Swim Squads
  • Junior Power Cycle Sessions
  • All Power Cycle Sessions
  • All Run Sessions
  • Junior Strength Sessions
  • All Brick Sessions
  • Access to Stroke Correction Clinic
  • Individual Training Programs & Coaching
  • Online TrainingPeaks account
  • Coaching ContactEmail/Phone & Daily at Sessions
  • Discounts on Products & Services
  • Minimum Term3 months

Schedule / Timetable

Basic Skills

Regardless of the starting age of our juniors, the first step is to gain bike skills and to understand the fundamentals of swimming, cycling and running. This stage is usually for juniors aged 8-14yrs of age depending on their experience and physical maturity.

During this phase our focus is on:

  • Learning the basic drills of all swim strokes with a particular focus on the fundamentals of good freestyle
  • Learning basic bike handling skills such as cornering, balancing and gear selection
  • Learning the basic triathlon specific skills of transitions, mounting and dismounting a bike.
  • Learning the basic concepts of good running technique
  • Building friendships and a support network while providing a fun, games oriented learning environment that juniors enjoy.

Intermediate Skills

Juniors with fundamental skills in each disciplines will progress to more advanced skills that are required for triathlon and the draft legal format of triathlon. This stage is usually for juniors aged 13-16 yrs of age depending on their experience and physical maturity.

During this phase our focus is on:

  • Learning more advanced swimming concepts with a particular focus on freestyle
  • Learning the basics of how to ride safely close to other cyclists
  • Learning how to ride in cycling bunches safely
  • Learning basic cycling formations for both cycle racing and triathlon draft legal events
  • Learning more complex triathlon skills such as flying mounts and how to be fast in triathlon transition.
  • Learning the basics of open water swimming including mass starts, drafting and using turning buoys effectively.
  • Learning how to race and learn from the process of racing without focussing on the result.
  • Introduction of functional strength training including core stability
  • Including encouragement for improving physical fitness during sessions while continuing to focus on skills development and building friendships.

Advanced Skills

Advanced triathlon skill development is for junior triathletes aiming to compete and be competitive in the draft legal format of triathlon. This includes both the ITU Youth and the ITU Junior categories of triathlon. This stage is usually for juniors aged 14-18 yrs of age depending on their experience and physical maturity. Juniors who reach this level are encouraged to develop a direct coaching relationship with one of our junior coaches and have their training and racing schedule guided and monitored through our Advanced Junior Coaching option.

During this stage, our focus is on:

  • Ensuring the training volume is appropriate for their physical development, school commitments and mental maturity.
  • Advanced transition skills and being able to flow through transition at high speed
  • Advanced bunch riding skills including advanced cycling formations for draft legal triathlon format
  • Introduction of draft legal brick sessions under the guidance of both our high performance triathlon and cycling coaches
  • Encouragement of regular participation in cycle racing to learn cycle racing skills
  • Encouragement of aerobic fitness sessions to compliment their skill development.
  • Introduction of regular mobility & functional strength sessions as part of their body management and recovery education
  • Advanced open water skills such as ITU mass starts and racing tactics for ITU style racing.
  • Learning how to race in ITU draft legal events

Progression to Under 19/U23 ITU & Age Group racing

Our junior program aims for juniors to reach the end of their schooling years with an outstanding base of technical development if they want to progress into competitive triathlon. This stage of junior development is for juniors who are over 18 and are able to focus on training their physical fitness to compliment their existing skill development.

During this stage, our focus is on:

  • Increasing training volumes and intensity at a rate that is appropriate for their physical development
  • Learning to train consistently and effectively with a focus on aerobic fitness, strength, mobility and appropriate rest
  • Learning to travel and race in the elite ITU formats
    or
  • Learning to qualify for and race in draft-legal and non-drafting Age Group races for world championship events
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