The Triathlon Ontario Youth Cup Series has helped develop a Provincial Development Program that encourages participation from a young age, skill acquisition and club growth.
Kira Gupta-Baltazar is a product of Triathlon Ontario’s Youth Cup Series. At the 2018 Ontario Summer Games in Denfield, Ontario, Gupta-Baltazar led the way out of the water and then rode away from the rest of the field, winning the 500 m swim/ 15 km bike/ 4 km run event by almost four minutes.
The 14-15 age group series provides triathletes with a draft legal competitive race environment within Ontario. While the non-draft 12-13 age group race series helps introduce youth to a competitive, officiated race environment to transition from the participation-focused Kids of Steel (KOS) platform.
May 19 – Stittsville Grand Prix
The Stittsville Grand Prix will be the first race of the 15-15 age category. Hosted by the Bytown Storm, the event format includes two heats of short, fast racing with a rest period in between. Points are accumulated in both heats to determine the winner. The race is an OSG qualifier with four spots per gender available.
June 23 – Lakefield Triathlon
Hosted by the Peterborough Pirates, the Lakefield Triathlon serves as the Youth Club Championships. This is race one for the 12-13 category and race two for the 14-15 age category. There will be five qualification spots per gender for the 2020 OSG.
July 7 – Gulliver’s Lake Triathlon
The Gulliver’s Lake Triathlon is a new race for 2019 and will be hosted jointly by the Fighting Koalas and Hamilton Hammerheads. Four qualification spots per gender will be available for the 2020 OSG.
July 27 – National Capital Triathlon
The former site of the Triathlon Ontario’s Draft Legal Provincial Championships will serve as race three for the 12-13 category and race four in the 14-15 category. Four qualification spots per gender will be available for OSG.
August 17 – Orillia Kids of Steel
The long-running Orillia KOS will be returning for another year as part of the Youth Cup and will be the fourth race for the 12-13 category.
August 31 – Triathlon Ontario Provincial Championships
The Draft Legal Provincial Championships will be the final event for the 14-15 category. The championship will offer additional points for the series and six OSG qualifying spots per gender will be available.
September 7- MultiSport Canada Lakeside
The final race for the 12-13 age category will be held at the Multisport Canada event in Lakeside, Ontario. The series’ champions will be crowned at this season-ending event.