European Para-triathlon Champs 2012

SILVER FOR MELISSA AND ALICE AT THE EUROPEAN PARA-TRIATHLON CHAMPS

Melissa Reid and her guide Alice Nicholas competed on 22nd April in Eliat, Israel in the European Triathlon Championships. This was only the second international outing for visually impaired Melissa, and the duo secured the silver medal position. They came close to gold too, loosing their lead in the final straight to the reigning world champion.


Photo: British Triathlon/www.ZalemOti.com

This race is following Melissa’s previous success last year, finishing second at the World Championships in Hyde Park (her very first race in the sport). Since being selected onto the Great Britain Para-Triathlon Team, she is now focusing her sights on the British Championships next month and the 2012 World Championships in Aukland, New Zealand later this year.

The pair could only compete due to the amazing support of Cycle Logic of Helston, who stepped in at the last minute and supplied an excellent tandem to race on. This was an adapted Dawes touring tandem and although not the custom-race bike that the other teams were competing on, still allowed Melissa and Alice to secure the fasted bike split in the race, taking off 6 minutes from Hyde Park. Melissa is also grateful to her dad and coach, Allan Reid and the support of everyone at Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving and Triathlon Club.

While in Eliat the pair had the chance to meet up with fellow Cornish Athlete Mark Lewarne from Redruth, Great Britain age group captain and competitor for some final training preparations. Melissa, Alice and Mark (5th in age group) have secured places to compete in the World Championships.

On return from the European Championships Melissa is now trying to secure a sponsor to enable her to get to Aukland. There is currently no funding available to the athlete through British Triathlon and as a part-time swimming teacher, Melissa can’t afford the trip without help. She has seen recent support from Pendennis Shipyard, Falmouth School, Skinners Brewery and Perranporth SLSC, but still needs a headline sponsor for the 2012 season.

Melissa Says:

‘It was a very tough race in +35 degrees temperatures. In the end the heat got to me, but I’ll learn from this and I’m aiming for one better at the British and World Champs. I can’t travel without financial support though, and if you or your business would be interested in supporting me please get in touch. With your help I can achieve my goals, make a global name for your company and do Cornwall proud.’

Melissa can be followed on Twitter @reidmelissa or visit www.melissareid.org.uk for up-to-date news.