How Entering Phase 2 Will Affect Triathlon Training

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Update 11th June 2020

UPDATED TO INCLUDE FURTHER BIKE SESSION GUIDANCE

We have received some queries from our clubs in relation to club bike sessions. As a result of this feedback, we have updated the bike session guidance in Phase Two for ROI clubs and Step One for NI clubs. The Guidance document for Open Water Swimming has also been updated. 

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5th JUNE 2020

This afternoon the Government confirmed that starting on Monday, the 8th of June, Ireland can move to Phase 2 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business. In light of this, and the acceleration of some parts of the Roadmap, Triathlon Ireland would like to give you an update on our sport and the Return to Training Protocol for Clubs. This update also includes information for clubs and members in Northern Ireland following the recent announcement from the NI Executive regarding Step One.

Among the key changes that will affect multisport in ROI are that;

  • You can travel within your own county, or up to 20 km from your home, whichever is greater. These travel limits will be lifted from the end of June.  
  • Groups of up to 15 will be able to meet for outdoor sporting activities. 

The Return to Training Protocol for Clubs outlines how these changes will affect Triathlon Ireland Clubs and Members, and what this means for our community over the next few weeks. Today’s announcement was a signal that staying home over the last number of months has had a profound effect in the fight against Covid-19, now that more training is resuming we ask you to take personal responsibility for looking out for one another, maintaining social distancing and make yourself familiar with our protocol for returning to training.

Open Water Swim Sessions

As much more of our community will now be able to resume Open Water Swimming, a reminder that all clubs and members nationwide must adhere to the Triathlon Ireland Covid-19 Guidance for Open Water Swimming for all individual and club sessions.

In the Republic of Ireland, club open water sessions can go ahead in Phase 2 with groups of 15 plus safety crew following the usual safety protocol. TI members can swim in groups once government guidelines are adhered to and following the Covid-19 Open Water Swimming guidelines as outlined here.

Clubs in Northern Ireland

The Return to Training Protocol for Clubs now also includes information for clubs and members in Northern Ireland and provides guidance for training mapped to the steps in the Sport NI Framework and Government Guidelines.

Northern Ireland is currently in Step One, with Triathlon Ireland Clubs permitted to begin some training on Monday, 8 June. Key to this is that TI members in Northern Ireland can train outdoors in groups of 6 or less, as long as social distancing is maintained at all times. 

Covid-19 Club Safety Officer

Each triathlon club should appoint a Covid-19 Club Safety Officer or Officers, responsible for managing issues and queries relating to the Covid-19 pandemic. The full role description can be read in the Return to Training Protocol for Clubs.

If you have any questions, or you would like to get in touch with a member of our staff, all contact details are in the Staff Directory as we remain working from home.

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Last Updated: 11 June 2020

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For the latest information on Covid-19 please visit the HSE and Government websites. 

There is also advice from the Department of Health in Northern Ireland on its website.