The Safety Spin

The Safety Spin is all about keeping you safe!

All sport is brilliant, but sometimes it can be spoiled by people who do or say things that hurt or frighten, confuse or intimidate you. You may at times feel like you have no one to talk to; no one will listen or believe what you say. Triathlon Ireland wants to ensure young people have a voice and give you lots of information and let you know there is someone that is there to listen.
The Triathlon Ireland Childrens and Young persons officer is Niamh O’Gorman. If your parents have a concern or worry they can contact Niamh by email or phone:, ​0873627106.

You can also talk directly to your club Children’s Officer,  but just in case you are not happy to do this we have a lot of useful contacts below where you can get advice or support. Please do not hold onto a worry by yourself. Talk to someone either within your club or one of the organisations below whether it is a concern about something that is happening in a Triathlon club, school, home or some other activity.

 Childline- Someone independent to talk to

Childline UK have loads of information about how to deal with a tough time, coping with stress, types of mental health, how to help a friend and lots more.

Visit the Childline UK website HERE.Tel: 0800 11 11
Visit the Childline Ireland website HERE Tel: Free Phone: 1800 66 66 66

1. Online Safety

  1. The internet is amazing, but we need to be careful about how we use the internet.  With Social Media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram our thoughts and opinions can be shared and discussed with friends, however once you have posted, it's permanent and you can't be sure who will see it. So here is some information on how to stay safe online:

Triathlon Ireland Social Media Guidance for Juniors: CLICK HERE

If you are concerned about someone’s behaviour to you online you can make a report to CEOP CLICK HERE for more information.

SPUNOUT is Ireland’s youth information website created by young people, for young people. Their online safety section will help you learn how to block and report on every social platform, as well as information on how to make a more secure password and protect your personal information online.

Webwise is a free education resource for young people to help you find information and advice about internet safety issues and concerns. They have lots of videos and information on their website. 

Webwise Forever Campaign
Remember everything that you post online is permanent and can be shared. 

Webwise ‘Be in ctrl’ Campaign
Be in control of your own online media and take the time to say no to others. You can never know what others will do with the media you send them online and it can have a devastating effect on some people's lives. 

The internet allows people to access multiple social media sites to speak with friends, family and even new people, everyone should be fully aware of who they are speaking to and if you have any concerns tell someone. The link below from webwise has information and videos about the ‘Be in ctrl’ campaign. CLICK HERE 

2. Bullying

Triathlon Ireland has a zero tolerance policy on bullying and you should always report it.
Bullying is never okay, no matter where it happens. Telling an adult you trust is the first step to getting it stopped.
If people keep saying nasty things in person or online or keep targeting you to be hit, or excluding you on purpose this is bullying. It’s not okay. 

Telling an adult often helps.

See more information on
CLICK HERE FOR Triathlon Ireland's Anti Bullying Policy

3. Personal Safety

Sport is fun – it gives you the opportunity to make new friends, try out new activities and amaze yourself with what you can do. For a few children, the fun is spoilt by adults or other young people who do or say things during sporting activities that hurt or frighten them. What these children are experiencing may be abuse. They may feel they have no one to talk to about it, or that no one will listen to them or believe what they say.
Click here to see more information on the different types of abuse and what to do if you or someone you know is being abused.

4. Getting help

Who can you ask for help?

Sometimes it can be hard to ask for help, here are some tips on asking an adult for help -

Is something worrying you? Don't keep it to yourself
You have the right to be safe while taking part in sport. If someone is bullying or abusing you, it is important that you know that you can shout "NO!" to draw attention to any safe adults that are running the training and they can help you immediately. Tell someone you know and trust as soon as you can. This can be scary but it's not your fault. It's better to make someone aware of what is happening so they can help to solve it. 

  • tell an adult you trust as soon as possible, such as:

    • a parent or someone else in your family

    • A coach

    • a teacher or school counsellor

    • your doctor or school nurse

    • Your Triathlon club will have a child protection officer – find out who they are and tell them about your worries

    • Triathlon Ireland. You can contact us by emailing Niamh at

Who else can you talk to?


Childline is yours – a free, private and confidential service where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch. Childline are available online or on the phone, anytime. Childline is here to help with any issue you’re going through.

You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small counsellors are there to support you.

What happens when you contact Childline?

Contact Childline in Northern Ireland:

Contact Childine in the Republic of Ireland:

BeLonG To

BeLonG To Youth Services is the national organisation supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI+) young people in Ireland. You are not alone:

Ditch the Label

Ditch the Label: You can talk to them about bullying and anything else that you have on your mind for advice and support. This includes things that are connected such as body image, mental health and sexuality.

Sport Ireland Safesport app

The Sport Ireland Safe Sport app is an information and guidance tool for everyone involved in sport for children and young people. 

There is a section specifically for children/young people as well as sections for:

  • Leader/Coach

  • Parent/Guardian

  • Club/Organisation

Within each section information and guidance is provided on "fair play", "good practice", "a child centred approach" and "should or should not". 

Triathlon Ireland Code of conduct

Everyone who is involved in Triathlon has to agree to a code of conduct. This outlines the type of behavior that is acceptable and is expected of them.
Junior athletes have their own code of behaviour, see it here!

Juniors also have the right to be treated with respect, see the Triathlon Ireland Juniors' Rights and Responsibilities HERE.