School Swim, Cross-Country and Track & Field Teams
jTOEST encourages all athletes to participate on their elementary & high school teams. The focus on camaraderie and fun of these teams should not be missed especially when its so readily available. Since school teams occur with little overlap of the summer season of racing, athletes can compete and gain exposure an wider range of competition experience. Most importantly, for juniors early competitions should not be about “results”, it should be about having fun, learning how to translate training into racing, and learning how to race in a relaxed state. If a junior doesn’t learn how to have fun while competing, they will never experience competing at their potential, expressing the fullness of the skills and techniques they acquire in training.
Triathlon & Multisport Racing
To ensure that junior athletes are competing at age appropriate distances, Triathlon Ontario has specified maximum race distances allowed per age category (refer to chart).
For an event to be sanctioned by Triathlon Ontario these distances must be adhered to.
Although races may appear short, we believe that proper preparation, hence proper training ensures that athletes over-prepare for their races. Meaning, we believe that athletes need to train in order to be able to race not at their maximum, but well within their capabilities… this is what makes racing fun and fast!
A triathlon for all ages… from juniors to adults in late May. The event starts indoors with a pool swim, athletes exit directly from the pool deck into an adjacent parking lot into transition, ride an out & back loop which is closed to traffic, and finish with a looped run course on the adjacent high school football field.
An event for all ages… from juniors to adults the opportunity is to race in a 3 event series of aquathlons (swim-run or run-swim-run) events held at Gullivers Lake, on Safari Rd in Hamilton. The shallow waters of the small lake warm up quickly making water temperatures comfortable even in the early season, with the run looping around the lake.
An event for juniors only, with 3 locations: Burlington, Milton and Niagara. Like the Caledon KOS Triathlon, these events have pool swims, with looped bike and run portions typically with courses closed to traffic providing a safe and spectator friendly environment.
Canaqua Sports hosts three open water swims (OWS) at the International Flatwater Centre in Welland each summer. With athletes as young as 12 permitted to compete, jTOEST athletes have swam in the 1k, 2.5k and 5k individual and relay events. Making the experience as unintimidating as possible, the team has a small inventory of wetsuits which we provide to athlete who would benefit from the buoyancy a wetsuit offers.
Tuesday nights running from May to the end of August at the base of the Glen Eden ski hill (West Lodge), Kelso Conservation Area holds a 14 event mountain bike (MTB) race series. With a kids race, plus Beginner, Novice, Sport and Expert categories, there is fun for the whole family.
The fun continues into the fall at Kelso Conservation Area with the cyclocross race series also running Tuesday nights. With nights getting shorter, the Glen Eden night skiing lights are turned on allowing cyclists to race on the bottom slopes of the hills. The 8 event series runs Sept-Oct.
All above events are open to athletes ages 7-17, with the exception of Canaqua OWS which are for athletes 12+
Every 2 years the Ontario Summer Games are held with Triathlon one of the sports at which 14-15year olds can compete. In 2018, jTOEST athlete Serena Grodski competed – click here to link to a webpage of the event. Athletes qualify for one of the 24 spots (24 for boys & 24 for girls) at select Triathlon Ontario Youth events including Triathlon Ontario Provincial Champs which are held annually in August in Welland. Athletes stayed in residences of Western University, partook in the opening ceremonies and two days of competition: day one was the individual event, and on day two relay teams were made to provide athletes the opportunity to compete in teams of 4 (2 boys & 2 girls/team).
The Canada Summer Games are held every 4 years, alternating with the Canada Winter Games. In 2021, the Summer Games will be coming to Niagara, Ontario providing athletes 17-18 years of age the opportunity to represent their province and to compete on a National level. Qualifying is performed by Triathlon Ontario with athletes being required to submit a Letter of Intent to express their interest in being assessed.