Peter Reid returned to where it all began in his hometown of Montreal to make the official walk into a special place where he belongs – in Triathlon Canada’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony this morning in conjunction with the Montreal International Triathlon.
Congrats Peter Reid! Triathlon Canada Hall of Fame induction dinner tonight in Montreal. Celebrating a true champ. pic.twitter.com/Y5sYqnn2V8
— Kevin Mackinnon (@MackatakDad) August 7, 2016
Reid, who was officially welcomed into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony during the 2016 ITU Montreal International Triathlon, was 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.
“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.”
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 on the planet where he compiled countless victories both domestically at Ironman Canada events, and around the world.
“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 Les Pereira, 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.”
Reid officially retired from sport in 2006. He is now a float plane pilot on Canada’s west coast. His name will be in good company with Canada’s best in the sport including Simon Whitfield, Lisa Bentley, Heather Fuhr, Jo-Anne Ritchie.
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 Montreal International Triathlon welcomes some of the best short course triathletes in the world for its inaugural world cup event this weekend.