The wetsuit worn by Irish Olympic triathlete Aileen Reid at the London Games is to be raffled in aid of Foyle Search and Rescue (FSR).
The professional triathlete from Culmore is currently ranked eighth in the world following an impressive season in the International Triathlon Union’s World Series.
Following her participation in the City of Culture Triathlon in Derry this year, the local Olympian donated the signed wetsuit she wore in the Olympic Games to North West Triathlon Club where she began her triathlon career. Now the club has given the piece of local sporting memorabilia to Foyle Search and Rescue to help raise funds for the local life-saving charity.
Eamon Harkin, of North West Triathlon Club, said the club wanted to give something back to Foyle Search and Rescue for their “support” of swimming events in recent years. “Foyle Search and Rescue has always supported us and helped out when we asked, so we decided it would be nice to give something back to this worthwhile charity.” Eamon Eanetta of FSR said: “Aileen Reid has kindly donated her signed official Olympic wetsuit worn last year at the 2012 London games. We have framed this wetsuit and are holding a raffle at £1 a line and will draw the winner at random on 11th December 2013.” He added that the draw is solely for triathlete clubs and swimming clubs throughout Ireland (North and South).