Triathlon Australia offers a junior triathlon programme to develop fundamental skills required for sport in children between the ages of 7 – 12 years. Fundamental movement skills are required for kids to develop basic movement literacy successfully, which will then encourage their successful participation in any sport. Kids with these experiences are far more likely to enjoy successful, lifelong participation in a range of sports and active recreational pursuits.
Children will develop fundamental movement and triathlon specific skills and tactics through fun games and activities (by ‘playing games’) rather than performing traditional skill-based drills in isolation. Each session is designed with a particular sporting outcome and skill development focus in mind and games are selected purposefully to achieve these objectives. The participants will be rewarded throughout the programme as they achieve the skills milestones in the areas of swim, bike and run.
Coaches play a facilitator role rather than a director’s role. They set challenges for the kids to find solutions through games, rather than instructing kids how to perform a particular skill. This engages kids in the game at a level that suits their own ability and helps them to learn through self-discovery and working with and observing other kids.