Sligo Junior Triathlon Club

Where memberships become friendships

Junior Club Training (9yrs+)


Training will resume in September 2024

Stay tuned for more details!

The Junior Triathlon Club was founded in 2015 by Ross McLynn, Colm Casey and implemented by Therese O’Loughlin.  The club has grown from strength to strength since its inception as it seeks to engage with the whole community.

The club focuses more on participation rather than performance and competition, although we actively encourage members to compete in the junior race series.

Junior Programme FAQ

Please read before signing up

What is involved in a training session?

  • Training programmes are run over terms of multiple weeks (6-10 weeks in length) and 2-hour training sessions (1-hour for swim-only participants, 13+ years of age).
  • The first hour is outdoors, weather permitting, and involves the fundamentals of cycling co-ordination and running mobility along with some simple strength work and basic fitness and games.
  • The second hour is pool based and will take participants through simple but effective drills and games to enhance open water and triathlon-specific swim fitness.

What does my child need before participating?

  • A functioning bicycle of appropriate size; any make or model
  • Helmet, hi-vis clothing, bicycle lights, appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear
  • Swimsuit/shorts, goggles and swim cap

Does my child need to be able to swim?

  • Yes, participants need to be confidently able to swim two lengths of the pool continuously.  We cannot cater to complete beginners as time is short and numbers can be large. 

Meet the team

Junior Triathlon Club Coordinator

Cathy Sheridan




Ross McGlynn

Junior Triathlon Club Coach

Ross McLynn



  • BSc in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Neuromuscular Physical and Osteo Manipulative Therapist
  • Strength Conditioning Coach

Child Liaison officer

Emer Knowles




Codes of Conduct

Code of conduct for children/ young people

Child/ youth member will:

  • Compete fairly and have fun
  • Behave in a manner that avoids bringing the sport into disrepute
  • Talk to the children’s officer if you have concerns
  • Refrain from the use of bad language and inappropriate gesture
  • Refrain from abuse of sports equipment
  • Never use unfair or bullying tactics to gain advantage during training or competition
  • Never use bullying tactics to isolate another club member
  • Never pass on gossip about another club member or adult
  • Never make false allegations about another player or adult
  • Never keep secrets about anyone who has caused you harm
  • Abide by the rules set down by team managers when travelling to away events
  • Respect officials and accept their decisions
  • Respect opponents
  • Win with grace and lose with dignity


Child/ youth member has the right to:

  • Be safe
  • Be listened to
  • Be respected
  • Privacy
  • Have fun and enjoy triathlon
  • Have a voice in relation to their activities within triathlon
  • Participate on an equal basis, appropriate to their ability
  • Experience competition and the desire to win
  • Be believed
  • Ask for help
  • Be protected from abuse by other member or outside sources
  • Be referred to professional help if needed

Code of conduct for parents/ guardians

Parents are expected to:

  • Complete and return the Junior Athlete Parental Consent (Form 11) pertaining to their child’s participation with Sligo Junior Triathlon Club
  • Register your child as a Junior member of Triathlon Ireland
  • Have club fees paid in full before sessions commence
  • Deliver and collect the child punctually to and from coaching sessions
  • Any child not in possession of the fundamental requirements (swimsuit, hat, goggles, towel, runners, shorts/tracksuit, t-shirt and water) will not be permitted to participate
  • Ensure their child is properly and adequately attired for the weather conditions of the time, including shorts, T-shirt, socks, tracksuit, sweat-tops, hat, gloves etc.
  • Ensure bike is in good working order, tyres pumped, brakes working effectively
  • Bike helmets must be worn during cycling sessions at ALL times, no helmet/no cycling
  • Detail any health concerns pertaining to the child on the consent form, in particular breathing or chest conditions. Any changes in the state of the child’s health should be reported to the coach prior to coaching sessions
  • To inform the coach prior to departure if child is to be collected early from a coaching session
  • Encourage their child to play by the rules and teach them that they can only do their best i.e. focus on effort rather than performance
  • Always behave responsibly
  • Show appreciation & support for volunteer coaches, leaders and club administrators 
  • Be realistic
  • Ensure their child’s hygiene and nutritional needs are met
  • Accept the official’s judgement at competition
  • Acknowledge the importance and role of the club coaches who provide their time free to ensure children’s participation in the club
  • Promote their child’s participation in playing sport for fun
  • Remember children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours
  • Not ignore or dismiss complaints expressed by a child
  • Not treat the club as a minding service


Parents/Guardians have the right to:

  • Know their child is safe
  • Be informed of problems or concerns relating to their children
  • Be informed if their child is injured
  • Have their consent sought for issues such as trips
  • Contribute to decisions within the club
  • Complain if they have concerns about the standard of coaching

Any misdemeanours and breach of this Code of Conduct will be dealt with immediately by a club official.  Persistent concerns or breaches will result in the parent/guardian being asked not to attend sessions if their attendance is detrimental to the child’s welfare.

The ultimate action should a parent/guardian continue to breach the code of behaviour may mean the

Club officials regrettably asking the child to leave the club.

Safeguarding statement

Code of conduct for coaches/ leaders

I agree to:

  • Ensure the safety of all children by careful supervision, proper pre-planning of coaching/ playing sessions, using safe methods at all times
  • Actively encourage all children not to discriminate on the grounds of religious beliefs, race, gender, social classes or lack of ability
  • Emphasise fun and participation
  • Not allow any rough or dangerous play, bullying, or the use of bad language or inappropriate behaviour
  • Always be positive and to promote the objectives of the club at all times
  • Not let any allegations of abuse of any kind to go unchallenged or unrecorded if appropriate. Incidents and accidents to be recorded in the club incident/accident folder. Parents will be informed
  • Report accidents or incidents of alleged abuse to the designated person
  • Keep records of attendance at training sessions
  • Where possible, not take sessions alone
  • Administer minor first aid in the presence of others and where required refer more serious incidents to the club “first aider”
  • Have access to telephone for immediate contact to emergency services if required
  • Maintain confidentiality about sensitive information
  • Be a role model (disciplined / committed / time keeping) and remember, children learn by example
  • Refrain from smoking and the consumption of alcohol during club activities or coaching sessions
  • Never ask anyone to keep secrets of any kind
  • Ensure that all those working with young people do so under the guidance of the coach
  • As a coach keep my knowledge updated through various courses run by Triathlon Ireland
  • Protect myself from false accusation by…
    • Not spending excessive amounts of time alone with children away from others.
    • Avoid taking children alone in a car on journeys, however short.
    • Never taking children to my home.
    • Not administering First Aid involving the removing of children’s clothing unless in the presence of others.

Any misdemeanours and general misbehaviour will be dealt with immediately and reported verbally to the designated person.  Persistent breach of the code will result in dismissal from the club.

Dismissals can be appealed by the coach/ volunteer, with final decisions taken by the club appeals committee.

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