We featured Peter Reid in our latest issue of TMC. As Canada’s greatest triathlete, he was supposed to be one of the first inductees into the Triathlon Canada Hall of Fame, but turned the offer down. In his last few years of his career, he didn’t race with the Triathlon Canada membership not did he race in Canada.
On Monday, Triathlon Canada announced that he will finally be welcomed into the Hall of Fame. “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 of 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 was born in Montreal and competed in his first triathlon in the 1980s. He moved to Victoria to train full time as a professional long distance triathlete by the 1990s. One of the most dominant Ironman athletes in the world, he earned countless victories both domestically at Ironman Canada events and around the world. He retired in 2006.
Reid says, “Triathlon Canada has a long list of athletes who have had very successful careers racing on the international stage. 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 will be inducted alongside other legendary Canadian triathletes such as Simon Whitfield, Lisa Bentley, Heather Fuhr and Jo-Anne Ritchie at a ceremony in Montreal during the 2016 ITU Triathlon World Cup on August 6th – 7th.
Reid was inducted into the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.