Triathlon Program

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Triathlon is an exciting sport with opportunities for young people to progress to the top of the sport. Training for the sport of Triathlon also helps young people to develop good lifestyle and exercise habits.

Triathlon and the Duncraig Triathlon Academy (DTA)

The DTA is based at Duncraig Senior High School.  All students who apply to join the DTA must be in the Duncraig Senior High School local intake area.

The DTA is an approved specialist sport program (Triathlon) within the Department of Education

The DTA is aimed at:

  1. Young people who currently, or have in the past, competed in triathlons
  2. Young athletes who currently compete in swimming, cycling or running but may not have thought of competing as a triathlete
  3. Other interested individuals who are keen to develop their performance in triathlon

The aim of the program is to improve individual performances and participation in Triathlon.  The program is designed to help young triathletes do a large part of their training during school time, leaving more time after school for other interests.  For those athletes already training regularly it provides additional training during school time.

Entry to the program is by selection trials only.  The next trial will take place at 8.00am on Friday 1 June 2018 at Craigie Leisure Centre for Year 7 (2019).  There will be no cost to students/parents attending this trial.

Application Process:

  • Interested students nominate for trials by sending the application form to Duncraig SHS by COB Friday 25 May 2018,  (mail – 22 Sullivan Road, Duncraig, 6023; or email triathlon.duncraig.SHS@education.wa.edu.au)
  • Trials - Friday 1 June 2018,  8.00 am, at Craigie Leisure Centre
  • Placement offers – Late June 2018.  Notifications will be sent by email (where possible) and by post
  • 24 places are offered in Year 7
  • Information evening – preceding the Year 6 to 7 parent evening
  • Eligible students must reside in the Duncraig Senior High School catchment area.

Trials

  • Swim 200m (under 4 minutes 45 seconds)
  • 15 to 20 minute break
  • Run 1.6 km (under 9 minutes)
  • Cost – No cost to participants or parents.  Meet in the foyer of the centre prior to entry to the pool.

Please Note: To join the DTA, students must fill in application forms, and supply evidence of their good behaviour at school. Both boys and girls are eligible for selection. Boys and girls applications will judged according to appropriate criteria. Final selections will be based on a ranking system, based on performance in the trials. Performances in previous triathlons will be taken into account. Once accepted into the program, students will need to maintain reasonable athletic and academic standards to maintain their position.

The program consists of four activity sessions per week. Students will do one session per week of swimming, cycling and running. The fourth activity session each week will be general physical education where students follow the same sporting program as the rest of the school.

In Lower school, students will undertake a full program of education at Duncraig Senior High School. The Triathlon program will be run as part of their General Physical Education. ie. two option classes. In Senior school the Triathlon Program will be run as part of the Physical Education Studies course. Students can undertake Physical Education Studies in Year 11 and 12 as part of their General or ATAR program.

Triathlon Western Australia (TWA) fully supports this program in principle and practice. TWA are also involved in competition organisation and coaching assistance.

The course is coordinated by Mr Stuart Denton and Mrs Victoria Burrows-Bilton.  Both have been involved in triathlons at various levels for many years. Mr Denton has represented Australia in age group triathlon competition and competed interstate and overseas. Both teachers have current coaching qualifications with Mr Denton being a high performance coach for Triathlon Australia and have worked with juniors through School Sport WA. Mr Denton is the current SSWA Triathlon Coordinator and State Team Manager.

Outside coaches will be utilised when/if they are available.

Duncraig Senior High School has a proud history of competitive interschool performances in triathlon, athletics and swimming. Duncraig Senior High School is also geographically well placed on the coast with excellent facilities and conditions for swimming, cycling and running. Academic talent programs are also run at Duncraig Senior High School.

For further Information, please contact:

Triathlon Coordinator
Phone: 08 6241 5000
Email: Triathlon.Duncraig.SHS@education.wa.edu.au

Further Information

What the Duncraig Triathlon Academy offers is good coaching in the sport of Triathlon in a supportive school environment. The focus of the program will be on skill development – fitness will steadily improve over the three to five years of the program. While training will be planned to the best scientific principles of training applied to swimming, cycling and running, students will also participate in a range of normal PE sports (eg, basketball, soccer and tennis) as a method of developing fitness.

We have 38 racing bikes available for student use during school time, and for training and races.

There is a compulsory course fee of approximately $550 per year. This fee covers the cost of pool lane hire and pool entry, bike maintenance and repair, bus hire and interschool nominations.

Parental support will be a major focus of the course.