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Dorset Junior Triathlon Hub


Dorset's first and only Junior Triathlon Hub at Dumpton School where young people can come and experience the fun of triathlon, the fastest growing sport in the UK and world wide.

We are excited to be able to bring to you 6 Taster Mornings, two a month on Saturday’s 8:15-11:15 am from April-July 2023. Your child may attend more than one session of they wish. These sessions will provide a foundation of skills for participants to be able to use to perform a race distance of their choice to end the session. The sessions will be able to accommodate all abilities/experiences across the 3 disciplines. These sessions have been provided with the intension of leaving participants excited and curious to learn more about the world of triathlon and it's other counterparts. The next step will be to join the Dorset Junior Triathlon Hub: a fun and safe environment in which to nurture and develop each participants skills so that they may race recreationally or follow the British Triathlon Talent Pathway.

Triathlon Camp 3 Days  Wednesday-Friday 23rd-25th August 9:30-4:30pm. Information and booking can be found ​by clicking on the link. 


If there are any questions please contact

Triathlon offers something for everyone and there is no discrimination regarding ability, age, gender; it is a self achieving sport offering long life participation.

Having already witnessed first hand how youngsters are engaging in triathlon and the buzz and excitement it is creating. It is a wonderful sight to see amongst young people, particularly since the pandemic & its impact on youngsters physical and mental development.

Head Coach Tracy Cook

Highly qualified and experienced over 20 years in teaching and coaching alongside having competed on the World Stage in ITU Triathlon and IRONMAN achieving medals at all distances including GOLD.

What you need to know....



Brief Outline

Purpose: A triathlon fun packed morning aimed at children aged 8-16 years old, catering for all abilities.

  • Please note……ideally, children should be able to ride a bike and swim 50m continuously without aids.

  • The morning activities activities will be organised onsite using the pool and nearby grass fields for the bike and run aspects. Pupils will be split into ability groups for each discipline. They will experience a series of fun and constructive activities targeted at transition skills with the intention of completing a mini triathlon as an individual or as part of a team.

  • Morning taster sessions will aim to cover the fundamental skills to enable each participant to take part in a race. The choice of skills and depth will be decided by the ability of the group. Coaching sessions will be differentiated to meet the needs of the individuals within the group.



It is the aim to cover the following swimming skills focussing on swimming in open water environments and the differences between the different types. 


  • Swimming in a group 

  • Navigating Sighting 

  • Entry/exits (porpoising)

  • Turning around buoys (cork screw/rollover)

  • Drafting (feet/hip)

  • Deep water starts (beach starts)

  • Transition



  • Safety

  • Rules

  • Navigation

  • Entry/exits 

  • Bike in/out

  • Run out

  • Mounting – stationary/flying start/scooter start

  • Dismounting

  • Shoe transition

  • Swim to bike transition

  • Bike to run transition




  • Names of bike parts

  • Basic maintenance check

  • Gearing and selection

  • Signalling

  • Bike transitions 

  • Pacing

  • Riding safety and signals 

  • Balancing 

  • Bike agility 

  • Group riding/chain-gang 

  • Aerodynamics 

  • Change of pace (Fartlek)




  • Pacing 

  • Fartklek

  • Group running/chaingang/through and off 

  • Agility/plyometrics 

  • Run off the bike

  • Run transitions



  • Competitions individuals and in teams



Equipment to bring:

  • Bike (please see video link below).

  • Helmet (must fasten under chin and be secure to head)

  • Trainers

  • Swimming goggles

  • Swim Hat (optional)

  • Towel

  • Swim trunks/costume

  • Extra shirts and T-shirt/long sleeve top (weather dependant.)

  • Socks (optional)

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Energy drink/water and snack having had a sufficient breakfast.

  • Sun cream and cap if hot and sunny

  • Spare MTB inner tube



Bike Safety

Safety for bikes… several videos to help parents make sure your child(ren)’s bike is in good working order and correctly set up for child’s height.

Bike set up :

Selecting right bike size:

British cycling :


Register Your Child Here

Participant Registration

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