High Performance Teams
Impact Multisport is designed to provide youth and junior athletes around the state an opportunity to train with professional coaches and other elite athletes as they prepare for draft legal racing. We seek to increase the number and quality of developmental programs serving teenage and developmental elite athletes in the state of Ohio. Our High Performance Team will play an integral role in the identification, recruitment, development, and age-appropriate competitive preparation of emerging youth elite, junior elite, and U23 athletes. The highest level of athletes in the state can learn, train, and compete with similarly talented athletes. Our focus is on developing well-rounded athletes capable of success at the highest levels of competition and teaching our athletes how to progress within the USAT High Performance Programs.
Head Coach, Kim Clark, seeks to collaborate with other youth and junior coaches in the state of Ohio. Her goal is to work with youth and junior development teams and create a culture of collaboration, not competition among coaches in the state. Bi-monthly practices, spring training camp, and racing in regional and national level competitions will be expected. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Kimberlyfclark@gmail.com
The Petersen Performance Lab (PPL) Youth and Junior Triathlon Team is a not for profit High Performance Team based in the near west suburbs of Chicago. The team practices on the grounds of the Oak Brook Park District and the surrounding areas of Western Springs and La Grange. The team is led by Coach Brett Petersen who is also the head coach for the Northwestern University Triathlon Team. Coach Brett is a USA Triathlon (USAT) Level II and Youth and Junior certified coach. He is also an International Triathlon Union (ITU) coach facilitator and holds a Master’s degree in Movement Sciences. Coach Brett is assisted by Coach Jessica Niekrasz who is a USAT Youth and Junior certified coach and Coach Chris Haworth who is also a USAT Certified coach.
The PPL Youth and Junior Triathlon Team has three levels of training available to suit all ages and abilities of athletes from the first time youth triathlete to the High Performance Team athlete. Program practices range from twice weekly practices to six days a week of multiple practices on most days for the High Performance Team.
Elite Multisport is a USAT Youth and Junior High Performance team focusing on developing athletes 8-19 in the sport of triathlon. We have received an incredible amount of encouragement and support as we work toward becoming one of the leading Youth and Junior Triathlon teams not only in the Mideast Region but the Country.
Elite Multisport was formed after identifying a need. Our original two athletes, also the children of the founders Scott and Kate Wilson, were competing in local age group sprints and at USAT Youth and HyVee National Championships consistently finishing in top spots and winning their age groups. The next step in their triathlon development was to move them into draft legal racing in 2014 but we found no such organized entity in the Indianapolis area to mentor and develop them thru this process. We quickly realized that to just keep up with the race schedules and processes that they would either have to join a remote team that already existed or that a local team would need to be developed. After talking with several teams we quickly identified that a key piece was missing – the team atmosphere and practice environment that you gain when participating on a team – thus Elite Multisport was born. Shortly thereafter parents and athletes began contacting us and asking about our youth programs and how to prepare for and race in draft legal races. We found that many talented teens were being misdirected into adult triathlon teams and cycling clubs without much thought about proper development of a youth athlete. We identified a need and made a conscious decision to pursue this whole heartedly.
Some of our 2014 highlights included 3 podiums from our 8 athletes that competed at the USAT Youth Nationals in August. A 9th place finish in the 2014 USAT Development Team Championship. Scott and Kate completing their Level 1 USAT coaching certifications in November. Youth Elite Kenzi Wilson being selected as 1 of 14 females to attend the USAT Select Camp. Being recognized as one of the initial recipients of the Gwen Jorgensen Scholarship in December. A great first year.
As we kicked off our training for the 2015 USAT Youth and Junior Elite Season in early January the team was recognized as a High Performance team by USAT. Shortly thereafter, Coaches Scott and Kate were selected to participate in the USAT Elite Mentorship Coaching Program in April. In early February, three of our athletes were recognized as 2014 USAT Age Group All Americans. So the momentum and excitement continues as we get ready for our first races of 2015 on March 7-8 in Clermont, Fl.
Our goals for 2015 include a 300% increase in athlete starts at Youth and Junior Elite Cup races, to increase membership by 200% and to have a lot of fun working with and teaching kids 8-19 life skills and the sport of triathlon. If you know a youth or junior athlete interested in triathlon or you want to follow and learn more about Elite Multisport please visit our website www.elitemultisport.com.
Geneva, Ill., February 2015—Northwestern Medicine Health and Fitness Center located at 296 Randall Road, Geneva, is hosting the 15th Annual Multisport Madness Triathlon Team(MMTT) Youth Triathlon on May 24, 2015. This race is designed for the beginner athlete looking to tackle their first triathlon to the experienced triathlete. In addition to offering normal distances for kids aged 6-16, the Kids’ Triathlon includes a “Youth F-1 Elite” wave in order to give some of the top 12 to 16 year old athletes in the region the opportunity to compete in a draft-legal race that is similar to the national competitions offered at 5 races across the United States. This is one of the only a few draft-legal races for youth athletes in the region and contains some of the rising stars of the sport. Over a thousand youth have been exposed to the sport of triathlon through this event and there are several currently racing as professional triathletes.
The race is split into 3 divisions:
- Juniors (6 – 10 year olds) – 125 meter swim, 2 mile bike, .5 mile run.
- Seniors (11 – 16 year olds) – 125 meter swim, 5 mile bike, 1 mile run.
- Elite (Previous draft legal or sprint distance experience required) – 375 meter swim, 6.2 mile bike, 1.55 mile run
The Junior Race will begin at 7:00 a.m. The Senior Race will follow once all the Junior racers have completed the bike course. The Elites will go off after the Seniors have completed the bike course.
Registration can be done online at https://register.itsracetime.com/Register/?event=30347 Race entry fee is $42 prior to May 9, 2015 and $47 thereafter.
Race packets can be picked up on Saturday, May 23th from 2–5 p.m. at the Northwestern Medicine Health and Fitness Center. There will also be packet pick up available on race day from 5:45-6:30 a.m. Please bring your child’s USAT card to packet pickup. This is mandatory for insurance purposes. USAT registration will also be available at packet pickup if you have not registered your child yet. For more information about the race please visit http://www.mmtt3.org or contact John Lorenz at 847.909.3200. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.208.4399.