Chasing Olympic dream

Reid starts big year with strong showing at sprint champs

Reid starts big year with strong showing at sprint champs

WELL PLACED: Gisborne’s Tayler Reid is looking to build on last year’s triathlon triumph at the Gold Coast, where he became the under-23 world champion. Picture by ITU Media/Wagner Araiko
IN THE SADDLE: Tayler Reid is increasing his load on the bike as he tweaks his training. 2018 file picture by Paul Rickard


ON THE PODIUM: Tayler Reid (right) with Kinloch sprint triathlon race winner Sam Ward (centre) and third-placed Kyle Smith. Picture supplied



TAYLER Reid is chasing Olympic selection this year and he’s started the pursuit in sound form.

On the heels of a second placing at the national triathlon sprint championships in Kinloch, near Taupo, on Sunday, Reid said he was happy with his performance, if not the result.

“I feel pretty good,” the 22-year-old Gisborne athlete said.

“I’m making improvements in my run, and tracking well.”

With Olympic qualification as a carrot, 2019 looms as a key season for Reid, who made strong strides in his development last year.

He is racing in the Oceania Cup and Sprint Triathlon Oceania Championships in Tasmania early next month and then the opening round of the 2019 ITU World Triathlon Series in Abu Dhabi.

At the Commonweath Games on the Gold Coast last year, Reid featured prominently early in the men’s race. Among the leaders after the swim and bike legs, he faded to 11th.

He won a bronze medal in the mixed relay with teammates Andrea Hewitt, Nicole van der Kaay and Ryan Sissons.

Reid returned to the Gold Coast in September last year and was crowned the under-23 world champion.

Encouragingly, he produced a particularly strong performance on the run, traditionally his weakest discipline.

The Kinloch event provided him with a good test and he could see the areas he needed to work on.

“I was slow off the mark in the starts,” he said.

Reid finished 14 seconds behind race winner Sam Ward.

Reid said Ward pulled away early in the run. He was able to catch him but then Ward attacked again.

Ward was typically good on the run and Reid was fairly happy to stay close to him.

Reid was not the only Gisborne athlete to feature at the event.

Josiah Ney was 11th overall in the same race and fourth in the 16-to-19 age group for males. His brother Caleb Ney was 33rd overall and 11th in the 16-19 age group.

Josiah was first and Caleb second in the senior division of the Tairawhiti Secondary Schools Triathlon in March last year.

Another Ney brother, Matthew, was third overall in the youth super sprint race.

Their mother, Kate Ney, was fifth in the women’s 50-54 category at Kinloch.

Suzie Collins was fourth in the women’s 45-49 race.

Shane Clapperton was fourth in the men’s 50-54 category.

His wife Jackie Clapperton, Tayler Reid’s mother, was fifth in the women’s 45-49 division.

TAYLER Reid is chasing Olympic selection this year and he’s started the pursuit in sound form.

On the heels of a second placing at the national triathlon sprint championships in Kinloch, near Taupo, on Sunday, Reid said he was happy with his performance, if not the result.

“I feel pretty good,” the 22-year-old Gisborne athlete said.

“I’m making improvements in my run, and tracking well.”

With Olympic qualification as a carrot, 2019 looms as a key season for Reid, who made strong strides in his development last year.

He is racing in the Oceania Cup and Sprint Triathlon Oceania Championships in Tasmania early next month and then the opening round of the 2019 ITU World Triathlon Series in Abu Dhabi.

At the Commonweath Games on the Gold Coast last year, Reid featured prominently early in the men’s race. Among the leaders after the swim and bike legs, he faded to 11th.

He won a bronze medal in the mixed relay with teammates Andrea Hewitt, Nicole van der Kaay and Ryan Sissons.

Reid returned to the Gold Coast in September last year and was crowned the under-23 world champion.

Encouragingly, he produced a particularly strong performance on the run, traditionally his weakest discipline.

The Kinloch event provided him with a good test and he could see the areas he needed to work on.

“I was slow off the mark in the starts,” he said.

Reid finished 14 seconds behind race winner Sam Ward.

Reid said Ward pulled away early in the run. He was able to catch him but then Ward attacked again.

Ward was typically good on the run and Reid was fairly happy to stay close to him.

Reid was not the only Gisborne athlete to feature at the event.

Josiah Ney was 11th overall in the same race and fourth in the 16-to-19 age group for males. His brother Caleb Ney was 33rd overall and 11th in the 16-19 age group.

Josiah was first and Caleb second in the senior division of the Tairawhiti Secondary Schools Triathlon in March last year.

Another Ney brother, Matthew, was third overall in the youth super sprint race.

Their mother, Kate Ney, was fifth in the women’s 50-54 category at Kinloch.

Suzie Collins was fourth in the women’s 45-49 race.

Shane Clapperton was fourth in the men’s 50-54 category.

His wife Jackie Clapperton, Tayler Reid’s mother, was fifth in the women’s 45-49 division.

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