Reid Sets Out For Australia

Aileen Reid Rio Run 3

Ireland’s most successful triathlete - Aileen Reid - has said she won’t be stepping back from her international career, despite moving to Australia.

The 34-year-old, who has represented Ireland at two Olympic Games, has this week left Northern Ireland to set up a new home with her sports coach husband Davy in Queensland.

The move comes at the end of Reid’s eighth season as an Elite triathlete and just weeks after a back injury forced her to sit out the final race of the year at the World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Cozumel, Mexico.

Aileen Reid Stockholm 2016 Swim Exit

Unrivalled Career

Reid is by far Ireland’s most decorated triathlete, with victories in European and Asian cup races. She also has a series of podium finishes in World Championships and World Series races - including the ITU Grand Final in London 2013.

Despite a difficult year during 2016 in which she struggled for form, Reid still managed a very respectable 21st place finish at the Rio Olympics. Speaking just before she departed for Australia, she said she will now be taking a break from racing:

“All this year the focus was about Rio and now that it’s behind me I am going to have a break and think about what I am doing. After the Olympics you need to recalibrate and recharge the batteries for a while.”

Aileen Reid London T2

Reid was eager to add however that she isn’t retiring and says the next Commonwealth Games, where she will represent Northern Ireland, are firmly in her sights: 

“I am very excited about going to the Gold Coast, the Commonwealth Games are going to be there in 2018 and that’s definitely a target for me. There’s also going to be a mixed relay champs (in the Commonwealth Games) then and that’s something I am very excited about.”

Reid said she is unlikely to race in Europe next summer but instead will keep her focus will be on the southern hemisphere circuit:

“There’s a WTS race in the Gold Coast in the spring and races in New Zealand and Mooloolaba and I plan to do all of them. We will see how the first half of the year goes, I don’t actually know (whether I will race in Europe) just yet, I am focusing on the first half of the year first.”

You can check out Aileen's long list of impressive results on the ITU's athlete profile page.