World Triathlon Champs, Hyde Park

Gylly founding member and Junior Coach, Melissa Reid and guide, Alice Nicholas recently gained a silver medal in the Dextra ITU Triathlon World Championship in Hyde Park, London.

For Melissa and Alice it was amazing to be part of an international event which included some of the worlds best triathletes – Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee and Helen Jenkins; some of Britain’s Olympic hopefuls.

Melissa, who is visually impaired, has competed in surfing, surf life saving and triathlon; but this was her first competition in her disability classification with a world class field of athletes. The girls had only three weeks training together prior to the event. The silver medal position was only possible with the generosity and support of Cyclelogic Helston (www.cyclelogic.co.uk) who supplied a tandem and technical knowledge. This enabled the pair to unlock some of their potential which may lead them to Paralympic success.

Over the next five years in the run up to the 2016 Olympics, Melissa and Alice will have to lay a foundation of solid training and competition. This will include the Dextra ITU World Championship Series comprising of eight rounds with the last round this year next month in Bejing. This will only be possible with help of financial support. If you or your business would like to invest in future Olympians please contact Allan (allan@gyllysurf.org.uk / 07545352971).