Coaches and Officials

Sport excellence starts with great coaches and officials

Exceptional coaches and technical officials are the backbone of our sport. Athletes of all levels rely on coaching guidance and support throughout the year, and on all-important race days, accurate and capable officiating makes all the difference to age-group personal best and high-performance results.


Coaching is the foundation of sport development, athlete retention and high performance. Triathlon in Canada has experienced tremendous growth over the last two decades and is in need of a robust coaching program to support it. Triathlon Canada, in conjunction the Coaching Association of Canada, is committed to evaluating, developing and implementing a coaching education program that reflects the community’s needs. A recent white paper was produced and circulated to our provincial partners for their input.

How to become a coach

Your provincial sport organization provides coaching workshops that are tailored to both coaching levels: community sport coach and competition sport coach.

To learn more about Triathlon Canada coaching programs, contact your provincial sport organization.

Certification levels

Community Sport Coach

If you’re thinking of becoming qualified as a community sport coach, then you may already coach at the community level or be interested in doing so. Often, you’re a parent whose child is involved in sport, or a volunteer who works with participants of all ages that are new to a sport. There are two levels of workshops for community triathlon coaches: youth and adult participation.

Competition Coach

Coaches in the competition stream usually have previous coaching experience or are former athletes in triathlon. They tend to work with athletes over the long term to improve performance, often in preparation for provincial, national, and international competitions. There are three education streams for competition coaches: introduction, development and high-performance.

Education streams

Community Sport Coach

  1. Youth participation
  2. Adult participation

Competition Coaches

  1. Introduction stream: Works predominantly with pre-adolescent or adolescent athletes in competitive swim programs or with adult age-group athletes who train on a consistent basis with a triathlon club.
  2. Development stream: Works predominantly with Junior, U23 and Elite athletes who are committed to the sport of triathlon and are in full-time training programs towards achieving continual performance improvement. Completion of this program will result in the participant becoming certified as a development coach.
  3. High-performance stream: This brand-new program is due to launch by the end of 2017.


How to become a technical official

Becoming an official is a fairly straightforward process. Just connect with your provincial sport organization to find out the certification clinic schedule. You’ll join a dedicated network of officials across the country that are supported by their PSOs and mentored by senior members of the Triathlon Canada technical teams. Alongside the best, you’ll learn everything from ethics and decision-making to event organization.

Once you’ve got a few years of regular officiating under your belt, you could be nominated (if you wish) to Triathlon Canada to become qualified as an official for national or international races. (All officials at the Olympic/Paralympic games started as a Level 1 in their local communities!)

Current Technical Officials

You can find out more about Technical Officials with the Officials Program Overview, and see a full list of 2017’s Technical Officials.

Technical Officials tools

This section is password protected and for qualified Technical Officials. Please log in here.

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Triathlon Canada
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