Young triathletes can train with Windburn

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Do you have a youngster between 8 and 12 years old looking for a challenge?

Well, the Windburn Multi-Sport Academy might have the answer. Led by head coach Dave Lipchen, the Windburn Race Team is a competitive triathlon team which has a newly added a Super Kids program.

“Honestly, it started as a way to recruit kids for our older competitive program but what I found was kids who enjoy swimming, biking and running were looking for a fun outlet, (and they) gravitated to the program,” Lipchen said.

Sou'wester Members of the Windburn Race Team are pictured here with head coach Dave Lipchen (bottom right).

“Just as kids try a variety of sports like hockey and volleyball, doing a multi-sport should also be a part of that ‘discovery process’ on what sport you like best.”

The Windburn Academy began in 2014 after Triathlon Manitoba cut its training program due to budget constraints.

“I was training athletes through the association and when it ended, it only made sense to continue on as an independent group,” Lipchen said. “We have been growing every since.”

Lipchen is no stranger to triathlons himself, having competed for the past 23 years.  

“My most memorable race was a race in 2000 and I wasn’t ever registered for it. I was driving out to Calgary with a friend who I had helped training for the race. During our drive he convinced me to compete. By chance there was an opening and I ended up winning my age division, secured a place on the national stage and went onto compete internationally.”

The training program consists of meeting twice a week at the Pan Am Pool and Max Bell track to swim, bike and run.

The lengths and distances of each race are determined by age group.

For example, kids six and under have to swim 50 metres, bike 1.5 kilometres and run 500 metres; 12 to 13 year olds swim 300 metres, bike 10 kilometres, and run 3 kilometres; by comparison, adults do a 750 metre swim, 20 kilometres on the bike and a 5 kilometre run.

“You don’t have to be an athlete to participate, you just need to enjoy swimming, biking and running,” Lipchen said.

For more information, visit www.windburnraceteam.com or call 204-250-5107.

Carolyne Braid is a community correspondent for Crescentwood. You can reach her at carolyne.braid@gmail.com

Carolyne Braid

Carolyne Braid
Crescentwood community correspondent

Carolyne Braid is a community correspondent for Crescentwood. You can reach her at carolyne.braid@gmail.com

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