Aileen Reid heads N. Ireland Commonwealth Games challenge

Derry's Olympian, Aileen Reid has been selected for the N. Ireland Commonwealth Games' six member Triathlon team for next month's event in Glasgow.
Derry's Olympian, Aileen Reid has been selected for the N. Ireland Commonwealth Games' six member Triathlon team for next month's event in Glasgow.
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DERRY triathlete Aileen Reid will front the N. Ireland Triathlon team’s challenge at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 31 year-old Culmore Road native has been named as part of the six athlete panel selected to compete at the Games as Triathlon Ireland successfully qualified a full allocation, with three male and three females competing for the individual race.

Triathlon Ireland will also have a team of four competing in the team relay event comprised of two males and two females with two reserve athletes in place.

Technical Director Tommy Evans was pleased with the result. “We have a really strong team of Northern Irish athletes who have great potential in both the individual and team relay races.”

“Aileen Reid is currently our top ranked athlete and has been progressing well throughout the early season World Series races. She is coming into some good form at just the right time.”

“It’s also a great opportunity for some of our younger athletes to showcase their talents on the world stage.”

With one eye on Rio 2016, Aileen now trains with Darren Smith and a select group which contains some of the top triathletes in the world.

As a stepping stone to the Olympic Games in Brazil, Aileen will be targeting a good result in the Commonwealth Games next month.

The Elite Women’s race will take place on Thursday, July 24th starting at 11 a.m. while the Elite Men’s race will start at 3 p.m. both raced over the standard distance of 1,500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run.

The team relay race will take place on Saturday, July 26th starting at 12.30 p.m. Both events will take place in and around the Strathclyde Country Park on the outskirts of Glasgow.

It is expected that this energetic and exciting sport will attract large audiences to support the male and female athletes as they strive for Gold medal success.

The full N. Ireland Triathlon team is as follows: Aileen Reid (Derry); Eimear Mullan (Portstewart); Emma Sharkey (Belfast); Conor Murphy (Armagh); Harry Speers (Bangor); Russell White (Banbridge).

With little more than six weeks before the action begins, the Commonwealth Games Council has revealed its largest ever team, with a total of 117 local athletes participating across 14 sports, during 11 days of world class competition.