Monday, March 26, 2012

HPR Youth Triathlon

Welcome to the HPR Youth Triathlon Club. We are a new youth triathlon program in Victoria affiliated with a well-known and respected adult club (Human Powered Racing). The club is open to boys and girls aged eight to sixteen who are interested in the sport of triathlon. It is open to everyone from first time triathletes looking for fun and encouragement to competitive athletes looking for expert coaching and a motivating training environment.
The foundations of our program are based on fun, safety, respect, and personal achievement in a supportive team atmosphere. We believe that triathlon not only develops swimming, cycling, and running skills, but teaches life lessons in commitment, dedication, and healthy living. Our goal as coaches is to deliver these lessons in a safe, fun, and supportive environment.
There is an information session for athletes and parents at 3 p.m. on April 7th in the Community Room at the Victoria Police Building at 850 Caledonia Avenue in Victoria. This session will give you the opportunity to hear more about our program, meet some of our coaches, and ask questions.

Our Program:
For the spring of 2012 our program will have two options available.
Athletes who currently swim with a club are encouraged to remain swimming with their club. HPR has a bike/run option for these athletes involving one swim, two bike work-outs and two run work-outs per week.
Athletes who do not swim with a swim club are offered a full swim/bike/run program with seven work-outs per week.
Each program will run from April 14th to the end of June. One week-end swim and all bike and run work-outs will include all athletes. The program will be divided into two levels based loosely on age and athletic development.
Our program is centered in town. Swim work-outs will take place at the Crystal Pool and/or the Esquimalt Rec Centre. Bike and run workouts will take place primarily at Beacon Hill Park with alternative sites at Central Park and Bullen Park.
Registration fees for the Bike/Run program are $200 ($80 per month).
Registration fees for the full program are $300 ($120 per month).
Registration includes all work-outs in the program, access to the HPR Youth Triathlon member only website, membership to Triathlon B.C., and 50% off registration to the Victoria Youth Triathlon in June.

Our Coaches:
Rob Dibden will lead the HPR Youth Triathlon program. He is a retired police officer and experienced triathlete. Rob is a NCCP certified triathlon coach and has coached youth in our community for many years. Rob has coached youth triathletes from beginners to Junior Elites. Some of the athletes that Rob has coached have gone on to represent Canada at Triathlon World Championships. Rob was the Director for Youth Development for Triathlon BC from 2002 to 2007. Rob has represented Canada at the Age Group World Triathlon Championships at the Olympic distance and has completed several Ironman distance races.

Mike Neill is a former professional Ironman Triathlete with over 25 Ironman Triathlon Finishes during his career. Mike is the founder and Head Coach of Human Powered Racing in Victoria since its inception in 2006. Mike has been involved in the sport of triathlon since 1994 and began his coaching career with the Queen’s University Triathlon Club in 1998. Since that time he has gone on to coach the Commonwealth Triathlon Club, Island Triathlon Club, Tyee Masters Swim Club as well as coaching a number of Triathlon camps both locally and internationally. Mike is an NCI qualified coach who uses his many years of racing and coaching to provide a dynamic and interactive coaching style to athletes of all ages and abilities.

Neil Harvey is a 35 year career swim coach at the local, national and international levels. He swam up to the national level for 12 years through university and has been coaching ever since; (bringing his experience in sport up to 47+ years!) In 1999 he connected with and began coaching some high performance triathletes (Reid, Bowden and Whitfield) through his adult swim club and since then has been involved with the National Triathlon Centre in Victoria. He brings a career long experience working with children and young adults at the club level. He has built a successful program from the ground up here in Victoria.
When he is not coaching, music, food and running take up most of his time.

Laura Fluit is currently a Victoria Police officer who started running in high school and later on with Queen’s University Varsity Cross Country and Track Teams. Laura did her first triathlon in 2000 and fell in love with sport immediately. Over the past 12 years Laura has competed in every triathlon distance, including 4 Ironman races. Laura spent four years racing professionally before continuing in the sport as an age grouper in 2007.
Laura lead multiple run clinics, coached dry land training sessions (for swimmers) and taught physical fitness and wellness classes. Laura has coached triathlon since 2008 and became certified in 2011. Laura is excited about moving into coaching youth triathlon and being able to share her love of the sport with youth.

Jen MacLean brings 16 years of triathlon racing at the local, varsity, national, and international level to her coaching. As a resident athlete at the National Triathlon Centre for four years (2000-2004), she not only raced for Canada at ITU points races and World Cups, but gained experience as a coach to children and adults. She is NCI qualified in triathlon and swimming.
Jen was the co-founder of Go Kids Triathlon clinics, and has coached for local groups such as the Commonwealth Triathlon Club and most recently Human Powered Racing. She has coached triathlon clinics locally as well as internationally.
Outside of triathlon, Jen is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and is recently a new Mum. She looks forward to being part of the coaching support for HPR Youth Triathlon.

Kim Hurley has over 8 years coaching experience including Island Triathlon Coach since 2008; University of Victoria Lead Coach 2009/10; Assistant Coach BC Summer Games (Triathlon) 2010; Times Columnist 10km Run Leader; personal coach for runners and cyclists of all distances and abilities. She was a member of the Canadian Age Group World’s Team in 2003/04, and has raced all distances of Triathlon including Ironman Canada. Her favorite races were the Mind Over Mountain Adventure races (MOMAR) which include kayaking, trail running, and mountain biking while using a compass and map to navigate the race course.

Adrian Walton is an NCCP certified triathlon coach who has been participating in triathlons since 2001 and coaching with Human Powered Racing Team for the last year.
A well-known and experienced age-group triathlete, Adrian has raced everything from sprint distance to full Ironman triathlons, twice qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in Kona.
Aside from triathlons Adrian enjoys skate skiing and telemark skiing, baking, fish smoking, cheese and sausage making and gardening in his spare time.

For more information or to register please call Rob at 778-679-3755 or email to

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