Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Profile: Peter Reid
2015 marks the Year of Sport and the 60th anniversary of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. In recognition of these important milestones, OLM will be featuring Honoured Members of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in a weekly Profile piece.
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame aims to share the stories and achievements of its Honoured Members to inspire Canadians in all aspects of life.
Peter Reid: Athlete, Triathlon
Canadian Ironman Peter Reid is a triathlete without weakness. He is recognized in the sporting world for not only his time spent on the podium, but also his tireless work ethic and exceptional toughness.
Reid was born in Montreal in 1969. As an amateur to triathlons, he could barely swim the length of a 25-metre pool. After intense training, Reid was prepared for his first competition in 1989.
Only five years into his career Reid participated in the Ironman World Championships—a challenge requiring 3.9 kilometres of swimming, 180 kilometres of cycling and 42.2 kilometres of running. Although Reid did not finish his first two attempts, he came back stronger than ever in 1998, capturing the gold medal in Kona, Hawaii. He renewed the World Championship title again in 2000 and 2003.
On top of these victories, the elite triathlete placed Silver and Bronze in seven other Ironman competitions between 1999-2000. Very few triathletes measure up to these astounding achievements.
Simon Whitfield, Olympic triathlon Gold medalist, said of Reid, “His was the epitome of work ethic for our sport. He simply got the work done … in rain, shine, hail and snow. He was early mornings and early to bed. I saw his attention to detail, making sure everything he did was done with a sense of precision. He was leading edge when it came to his bike, his nutrition and his strength program.”
Reid retired from triathlon in 2006 to pursue his dream of becoming a commercial pilot. He now lives in Vancouver with his partner Malaika Ulmi and their son, flying small seaplanes for a living. Reid continues to enjoy mountain biking and trail running as a hobby.
To learn more about Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, visit sportshall.ca.