A round up of whats been happening in the junior world of triathlon.
South East Region Win!
On November 4th, a team of 60 young athletes from age groups Tristar 1 through to Youth represented the South East region in the Inter Regional Duathlon event against a team of athletes from London Region. This event has been running for 5 years (this event was known as IRD5) with South East winning in 2014, 2016 and 2017. This 2018 team continued this trend with a comfortable win over the London athletes thanks to very strong performances in the Tristar 3 and Youth categories. Many congratulations to every athlete that competed as every score counted towards the overall win. A particular well done to all our category winners who were: Tristar 2 - Gracie MacAuley, Tristar 3 – Bethany Cook and Tom Hutton, Youth – Noemie Thomson and Hamish Reilly. Our thanks go to Martin McGuigan Lond JRS Co-Ordinator and his London team for hosting this well contested event at London Velopark. In 2019, it will be the turn of South East to host IRD6!
Skills School dates for spring/summer 2019 are now in the diary please put them in yours!
The following Skills Schools are being held in 2019:
March 10th Sevenoaks, Kent – open water skills (pool practice), bike handling and transition skills
March 23rd Guildford, Surrey - open water skills (pool practice), bike handling and transition skills
March 31st Cyclopark, Kent –bike handling and racing skills, duathlon practice
June 2nd Leybourne Lakes and Cyclopark, Kent – open water practice followed by racing skills development including group riding skills, transition skills and race preparation.
August 24th Leybourne Lakes and Cyclopark, Kent – this will be a special Skills School is for members of the SE IRC 2019 team and for TS2 and TS3 athletes that either want to improve their skills in drafting races or want to take part in drafting races in 2020 and for Youth athletes.
Skills School days are for young triathletes, 10-16 years, to develop their triathlon skills in a fun and engaging environment. If you are a parent and would like to be kept up to date with all things Skills School please contact Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Skills School days and reports can also be found on the TESE Facebook page.
If you are a coach that is taking a Level 1 or 2 qualification in the spring of 2019 then attending a Skills School will be your next point of education to support your coaching of young triathletes. Skills School is an important and valuable CPD module for all coaches whether currently coaching young athletes or not. And as with the athletes, Skills School will provide a unique and effective environment in which coaches can learn within a “live” coaching context, and will involve planning & coaching alongside other coaches. Any coaches that would like more information regarding course content, please contact Liz directly at email@example.com.
Dr Liz Scott
Skills School Lead South East Region