As part of its ongoing commitment to bringing as many young people into the sport as possible, World Triathlon has launched new event guidelines dedicated to meeting the specific needs of youngsters up to the age of 19. With the direct input of 10 National Federations, they have been designed to create the support and guidance for organisers to enable young people to compete safely at all ages as well as prepare them for the possible step up to international competition in triathlon and related multisports.
Tackling key themes of event distances, safety and welfare and specific considerations relating to each of the swim-bike-run segments, the document embraces the flexibility required to meet the specific needs of different territories around the globe while keeping the central themes of safety, encouragement and nurturing young enthusiasm.
Created by members of the World Triathlon Coaches, Medical and Technical Committees, Development and Sports Department staff, the guidelines emphasise the encouragement of fair play in young people, the balance between participation and competition and considers the best ways to adapt the formats for children as young as 6 years-old to enjoy.
There will be a World Triathlon webinar on the guidelines on Thursday, 15 October at 5.30pm CEST, you can register here.
Read the full document: Triathlon and Related Multisport Event Guidance for Under 19s.