Quality coaches have a huge impact on our triathlon communities. They spend time with triathletes, young and old, and have a positive influence on the life and values of those they come into contact with. The role of the coach is fundamental to the success of all triathletes at every level.
There are a variety of reasons people get involved in coaching, from parents wanting to help out with their child’s triathlon club, or an experienced athlete looking to give something back to the sport they enjoy.
Triathlon Australia offers a range of accreditation and professional development opportunities to suit any aspiring coach. Levels of coaching vary and can be very participation focused at the entry level and in clubs. At the other end of the spectrum, highly qualified coaches work with high performing athletes. The National Coaching Framework, outlines the various levels of accreditation and provides more information on our coach training programs to help you start your triathlon coaching journey.
Why become a Triathlon Australia accredited coach?
As a Triathlon Australia accredited triathlon coach, you will:
- Gain the skills, knowledge and expertise to coach triathletes in the fundamentals of swimming, cycling, running and transition;
- Develop knowledge of the basics of the science of triathlon, e.g. planning and programming, nutrition, sports physiology and growth and development;
- Learn about the “art of coaching” – the fundamentals of communication and relationship building which are critical to quality coaching.
- Receive resources & support from Triathlon Australia (found here)
Your coaching accreditation is directly linked to your Triathlon Australia annual membership. Each year, when you renew your Triathlon Australia membership, you will be required to demonstrate evidence that you have completed a level of CPD (Continuing Professional Development). You will also need to read, acknowledge and electronically sign the Coach’s Code of Behavior, the Triathlon Australia Member Protection Policy and a Statutory Declaration regarding your ongoing learning and continuous improvement in order to retain your coaching membership.