Derry triathlete, Aileen Reid, finished third in the Devonport Sprint Cup in Australia yesterday.
Reid, (30) finished the race behind Great British athlete Jodie Stimpson and well known runner Gwen Jorgensen of the USA.
Reid, who was born in Derry and reared in Carndonagh, has been off the radar for the past number of months as she made the switch to a new coach and has been based in the warmer climates of Australia.
Aileen’s training group, which contains a host of world class athletes, has been putting in the hard yards with Aileen enjoying the change of scene.
Reid’s swimming has been particularly strong of late as she put in an excellent performance at the highly competitive North Bondi Classic swim race. Former world number one, Annabel Luxford and Ireland’s Aileen Reid went one and two in the race which had 998 competitors.
Heading into this weekend’s ITU Devonport Sprint Oceania Championships in Australia Aileen said that her training was going well.
“Everything seems to be going well and I’m enjoying training here in Canberra with my new training partners. Things are different and it’s hard work but that’s why I’m here.” said the former Thornhill College girl.
The Devonport event attracted a high quality field with renowned runner Gwen Jorgensen of the USA, Australia’s rising star Ashleigh Gentle and GB athlete Jodie Stimpson all taking part.
Many of the athletes who took part in the race are members of Aileen’s training group. “Six of the guys and girls I train with regularly raced in Devonpor. It’s been a great team trip and a chance to blow the cobwebs off as they say.”
The course is regarded as a fast one with last year’s winner Ashleigh Gentle completing the 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run in under 55 minutes.
Next up for Aileen is the Mooloolaba World Cup on the March 17 followed by the first World Series race of the year in Auckland on April 6.