Summerland’s TriPower Junior Triathlon Team had an incredibly successful first season when measured by both the number of local kids who took part and the results that came from their efforts.

In July the team began group training sessions in preparation for the 23rd annual Boston Pizza Junior Triathlon on July 18 in Penticton.

The team used various local venues to practice swimming, biking and running skills. “Powell Beach and Sunoka Provincial Park are ideal locations for us to train safely and effectively plus have a lot of fun,” said Melissa Berrisford, head coach and founder of TriPower.

Thirteen members of the TriPower team went on to race with some of the kids participating in their first-ever triathlon and all athletes posting personal best results.

In August the TriPower Team grew to include 32 children as 12 six- and seven-year-olds joined the team for their first triathlon mini-camp experience while the eight- to 13-year-olds continued to train together.

The team members wrapped up their season at the Summerland Kids of Steel race held on Sept. 6 where 20 members participated.

Special congratulations go to Lara Westra, eight, Olivia Harrold, seven, Tyler Picket, six, and Holden and Connor Berrisford, six, who finished their first triathlon race.

Paige Russill and Olivia Harrold raced strongly earning fourth and fifth place respectively in the girls six to seven division.

Haley Berrisford and Emma Russill raced powerfully placing first and second respectively in the girls eight to nine division. Ella Weir had her best race of the season placing third in the deep field of girls ages 10-11.

Keegan Foley, Tieran Foley, Jaedyn Foley, Kaitlin Goodman, Chloe Harrold, Madison Hilgersom, Nathan Picket, Elia Rodriguez, Rachel Shanner, Kaci Van Horlick, and Hannah Walton all had great races as well.

TriPower triathletes will be back training and racing in 2010 with TriPower offering programs for beginners to experienced racers, ages six to 15 years.

Individuals interested in more information should contact Melissa Berrisford at bmelissa@telus.net.