Kids of Steel (KOS)

Organization Sponsor: Triathlon Nova Scotia

Organization Partner: Triathlon Canada


Program Description

KIDS OF STEEL™ triathlons are designed to offer kids and young adults the opportunity to experience the sport of triathlon in a positive environment. The distances are much shorter than those in adult triathlons, and change as participants mature. Most kids are fit enough to finish a Kids of Steel triathlon successfully and have fun at the same time.

Every province has its own series of youth triathlons that may or may not bear the name Kids of Steel. Any race that is sanctioned by the Provincial Association can be considered safe and is entitled to use the title KIDS OF STEEL™.

For more information, please contact:

Triathlon Nova Scotia

5516 Spring Garden Rd

4th Floor,

Halifax, NS, Canada

B3J 1G6

Phone: (902)425-5450 x 358

Fax: (902)425-5606

Email: [email protected]

Funding Sources: 

Corporate Sponors

Strategies For Sustainability: 

It’s a fun way for kids to be active where they learn to challenge themselves. The increased numbers every year are sure to ensure the program's popularity.

Impact Of Program: 

20 years ago KOS began with a few youth entrees. Today there are nearly 10,000 kids participating each summer in KOS races held in 60 cities from Newfoundland to British Columbia

Evaluation Tools: 

The increasing numbers every year are a sign of success. Each Provincial Triathlon Organization has their own methods of formal evaluation.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

The race distances are much shorter than those in adult triathlons and gradually increase as the competitor’s mature, ensuring success and no feeling of being over challenged!

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Right now the program sells itself through word of mouth, however in the beginning when triathlon wasn't that popular in Canada, KOS was teetering on success or failure but success of Simon Whitfield, a graduate from the KOS program, who won Olympic gold in Sydney.

Length and Stage of Project: 

KOS is in it's 20th year

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