Become a TriStar

Whether your child is dreaming of going to the Olympic or Paralympic Games or simply wants to have fun getting active, triathlon can be the sport to get them there. With plenty of opportunities to get involved, they're just a swim, bike and run away from starting their journey.

Triathlon also isn't the only multisport option available! If swim, bike, run isn't of interest to your child we guarantee there will be a multisport option that is, with aquathlon (swim, run) and duathlon (run, bike, run) options available.

Find out more about our TriStar opportunities below.

Getting started

Triathlon really is a sport for all ages. Athletes can begin their journey at the age of 8 in the TriStar Start category and continue competing until they are over 80 years old, if they wish!

Here's a list of the category names and ages for TriStar to help you understand the lingo.

  • TriStar Start - Age 8
  • TriStar 1 - Ages 9-10
  • TriStar 2 - Ages 11-12
  • TriStar 3 - Ages 13-14

If your child is age 15+ then please see our Youth and Juniors page here to find out more about their event category.

Now you've identified your child's TriStar category it's time to start their swim, bike, run journey! See our tips for becoming a TriStar below.

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TIPS FOR becoming a Tristar


The Activity Hub is the home of our free Active Skills for Life activities and it's the perfect place to start! With interactive videos, fun-filled challenges, and even more engaging content, you and your family have the opportunity to enjoy swim, bike, run from the comfort of your own home.

Enter the Hub


There are hundreds of children’s triathlon and multisport events to take part in throughout the year across the country. We are sure to have an event to suit your child. Search for a TriStar (ages 8-14) event near you using the button below.

Find an event


Junior clubs are full of children wanting to swim, bike and run and are a great way for your child to get active and make friends at the same time, plus with coaches and experienced triathletes, are a great way for them to learn about the sport.

If you want to know more about a club before going along and how they can support your child and accommodate any additional requirements, get in touch with the club and they’ll be able to help you get involved.

Find a club


If you want to talk to someone about how your child can get involved in swim, bike, run in your local area, our Regional Development Managers can offer advice on clubs, coaches and events near you.

Triathlon England

Triathlon Scotland

Welsh Triathlon


So your child has started their swim, bike, run journey and is now looking to take their racing to the next level. Great! Find out more about our TriStar competition opportunities and Talent Pathway below.


The IRC's are the National Championships for TriStar 2 & TriStar 3 athletes, with only the best from each region selected to compete.

Triathletes wishing to qualify for their region should contact their regional committee for details about the qualification process in their area.

Find out more


For any TriStar looking to compete in swim, bike, run the Regional Junior Race Series is the perfect opportunity. The series of races, for children aged 8 to 17, is organised by the 10 Triathlon England regions, with seperate race series' for Scotland and Wales, ensuring the events are local and accessible for all.

Find out more


The national Talent Pathway helps prepare promising triathletes for success at the highest levels, providing a gateway onto the British Triathlon Performance Pathway.

Triathlon England, Triathlon Scotland and Welsh Triathlon each offer Talent Academies. The academies are led by a Head Coach who works with national staff to deliver a programme of support to the best youth and junior triathletes in their region. There are specific selection criteria to be selected for the academies.

Find out more

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