Peter Reid Welcomed into Triathlon Canada Hall of Fame
Triathlon Canada —Sport body honours one of Canada’s greatest long distance triathletes ever—
VICTORIA—Peter Reid will run his way into a place where he belongs – Triathlon Canada’s Hall of Fame – the governing body for the sport of triathlon announced on Monday.
One of the most accomplished and respected long distance triathletes in the world, the Montreal-born Reid is a winner of 10 Ironman Triathlons around the globe including three victories at the prestigious Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii (2003, 2000, 1998). He also was also a runner-up in Kona three times (2004, 2002, 1999) during his career that spanned nearly two decades.
“Peter Reid is a once in a generation athlete, and simply one of the greatest ever to hit a start line in a triathlon,” said Steve Harrigan, president, Triathlon Canada. “An exceptional Canadian both on and off the field of play, Peter defied all odds, overcame all barriers in front of him, and achieved legendary status in our sport. He deserves his place amongst many of the other Canadian triathlon greats, and we are thrilled to welcome him into this prestigious class of people in the Triathlon Canada Hall of Fame.”
Competing in his first triathlon in Quebec in the 1980s, Reid realized his body was more suited for long distance racing. He moved to Victoria to train full time, and was first introduced to Ironman Canada in 1989 in Penticton, B.C. By the mid 1990’s, Reid introduced himself to the world and was regularly seen on top of the international podium. He went on to become one of the most dominant Ironman athletes in the world where he compiled countless victories both with domestically at Ironman Canada events, and around the world.
Reid’s name will be inducted alongside Canada’s best including Simon Whitfield, Lisa Bentley, Heather Fuhr, Jo-Anne Ritchie when a ceremony is being planned for Montreal during the 2016 ITU Triathlon World Cup, August 6-7.
“Triathlon Canada has a long list of athletes who have had very successful careers racing on the international stage,” said Reid. “When I started triathlons in Quebec I was watching all of these great Canadians achieve success on television, and reading about them in magazines. To be inducted into Triathlon Canada’s Hall of Fame is a reminder to me that I too, was a part of a group that showed my fellow Canadian triathletes that we can achieve international success. I am so proud to be a part of this very strong group of incredible athletes.”
Reid officially retired from sport in 2006. He is now a float plane pilot on Canada’s west coast.
Triathlon Canada’s Hall of Fame recognizes and honours outstanding contributions and individual achievements of athletes, coaches and significant contributors/volunteers in the sport of Triathlon in Canada. The accomplishments of those individuals inducted into the Triathlon Canada Hall of Fame are considered exemplary and superior to the contributions and achievements of the majority of individuals within their field.
The Athletes and Builders inducted into Triathlon Canada’s Hall of Fame represent the history and achievements of the sport of triathlon in Canada. The Hall of Fame members are diverse and exceptional individuals, with Long Distance Triathletes, Standard Distance Triathletes, Coaches, Race Directors and Executives all among the inductees.
Triathlon Canada is the governing body for triathlon in the country. Recognized as an Olympic medal sport since 2000 and Paralympic medal sport as of 2016, Triathlon Canada’s mandate is to promote, foster, organize and develop the sport of triathlon, and its related disciplines, in Canada. For more information on Triathlon Canada, please visit us at www.triathloncanada.com on the Internet.
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