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A Young Person’s Guide to keeping safe and having fun in triathlon

Triathlon should be fun, friendly and enjoyable and you should always feel safe. You cannot do this if you feel unhappy, for example, if someone is bullying or abusing you. This guide will explain how to keep safe when taking part in triathlon and, once you know what’s in this guide, you’ll be able to help others as well.

Bullying and abuse in any form is unacceptable, whether the behaviour is by a child, young person or an adult. We want to make sure everyone involved in triathlon knows and understands how important safety and enjoyment of our sport is.

What can you do to keep safe? 

You can follow the Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’ on your Stay Safe card at all times. These are:

Do's Dont's
Listen and co-operate Don't shout or swear
Be dedicated and follow rules Don't disrupt the group or arrive late to sessions or events
Respect everyone's views     Don't talk to strangers
Be friendly and help others Don't accept lifts from strangers
Tell your parents/carers where you're going, when you'll be home and if you're getting a lift, tell them who with     Don't leave the session without first informing the coach
Give parents/carers a number that you can be contacted on Don't be a bully or boast
Tell the coach where you're going and always inform them of any medical conditions or injuries  Don't send or post inappropriate, unkind or threatening messages, pictures or videos via mobiles or social networking sites
Tell an adult you trust if something is upsetting you

Don't arrange to meet someone you have met online


  • Avoid being alone or with just one other person.  If possible keep in groups when training and competing
  • Always make sure an adult you know and trust knows where you are at all times.
  • Travel with a friend - avoid travelling in someone else’s car by yourself.
  • Avoid going to other people’s homes by yourself if this hasn’t been agreed with parents/carers. 
  • Carry a mobile phone, phone card or some change.
  • If something is wrong, you are worried or upset then you need to tell an adult you know and trust. You should tell them straight away.
  • If something is happening that spoils your fun or that hurts or frightens you, then this isn’t your fault and there are things that can be done to stop it.

When do you know if something is wrong?

You know something is wrong if someone:

  • Constantly teases you, shouts at you or calls you names.
  • Threatens you.
  • Uses violence and hurts you in any way.
  • Makes you feel uncomfortable by touching you.
  • Makes suggestive remarks or pressures you to do something you don’t want to.
  • Damages or steals your belongings.
  • Is always unkind and makes fun of you or ‘leaves you out’ of games or activities.
  • Does anything that makes you feel lonely, upset, worried, unsafe, or embarrassed.

If any of these things are happening to you then you need to tell an adult you know and trust; you should tell them straight away. Don’t wait for it to happen again. It is not your fault, there are people who you can talk to and they will help. British Triathlon want to make sure you are having fun and being the best you can; that means not being upset or hurt by anyone.


What to do:

If you are being bullied, abused or if someone tries to make you do things you don’t like there are some things you can do: 

  • Tell an adult you know and trust as soon as possible; they can help you.
  • Be firm and tell the person to stop.
  • Say “No” in a very loud voice.
  • Make a lot of noise to attract attention.
  • Get away from the situation quickly.
  • Keep a note of the date, time and place, what happened, how you felt and the name of anyone who may have seen what happened.

If your club has a Club Welfare Officer you can talk to them or any adult you know and trust. They will listen and can help work out what to do.
British Triathlon knows and understands how important it is to make sure you are safe and enjoy our sport. If you need to talk to someone, you can also contact the Lead Safeguarding Officer on 01509 226 159.

There are other places where people will listen and you can get help if you need it. You can use these 24 hour, free telephone helplines:

Childline 0800 1111

NSPCC 0808 800 5000

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