Melissa Reid

Melissa is a member of the UK Sport Lottery Funded British Paratriathlon Squad and won a bronze medal the 2016 Rio Paralympic games. She competes with a guide athlete in the PTVI category.

Melissa was born in Nottinghamshire and moved to Cornwall when she was ten. She is a member of Gyllngvase club and also works as a swimming teacher. 

Melissa got into triathlon through her dad, having previously taken part in surfing, swimming and surf live saving. Her swimming background makes her one of the strongest swimmers in the class for visually impaired athletes.

Cycle training is the most challenging aspect for a visually impaired athlete, leading her to spend many hours training on a static turbo trainer to overcome this. 

In 2013 Melissa won both the World and European titles with guide, Nicole Walters, whom she competed with in Rio.

Melissa was first selected for the British Triathlon Paratriathlon squad in 2012 having finished second at the 2011 ITU World Championship Series in London.

She competed for ParalympicsGB at the Rio 2016 Paralympics Games, which was her first Paralympic Games, and she won bronze with Nicole Smith guiding her. In the final stretches of the race they were in fourth place, but Nicole noticed that the American pair ahead of them were starting to fade. Their rivals unfortunately tripped, and Melissa and Nicole were able snatch the bronze medals in a dramatic finish.

Melissa carried her Paralympic success into 2017, claiming gold at the Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships, she also took home two bronze medals including one at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam.

Major Results

Date Event Position
14th Sep 2019 2019 Valencia ETU Paratriathlon European Championships 2nd
1st Sep 2019 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Lausanne 2nd
17th Aug 2019 2019 Tokyo ITU Paratriathlon World Cup 2nd
13th Jul 2019 2019 Magog ITU Paratriathlon World Cup 1st
16th Jun 2019 2019 Besancon ITU Paratriathlon World Cup 1st
18th May 2019 2019 Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Series 3rd
15th Sep 2017 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam 3rd
16th Jun 2017 2017 Kitzb├╝hel ETU Triathlon European Championships 1st
13th May 2017 2017 Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Series 3rd
11th Sep 2016 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games 3rd
24th Jul 2016 2016 Rotterdam ITU Paratriathlon World Championships 3rd
27th May 2016 2016 Lisbon ETU Triathlon European Championships 2nd
15th May 2016 2016 Aguilas ITU World Paratriathlon Event 1st
20th Mar 2016 2016 Buffalo City ITU World Paratriathlon Event 3rd
18th Sep 2015 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago 6th
16th Sep 2015 2015 Chicago ITU Aquathlon World Championships 1st
1st Aug 2015 2015 Rio de Janeiro ITU World Paratriathlon Event 2nd
10th Jul 2015 2015 Geneva ETU Triathlon European Championships 3rd
30th May 2015 2015 London ITU World Paratriathlon Event 1st
16th May 2015 2015 GBR Paratriathlon National Championships 2nd
10th May 2015 2015 Madrid ITU World Paratriathlon Event 3rd
1st Mar 2015 2015 Buffalo City ITU World Paratriathlon Event 2nd
21st Sep 2014 2014 Madrid ITU World Paratriathlon Event 1st
30th Aug 2014 2014 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton 2nd
27th Aug 2014 2014 Edmonton ITU Aquathlon World Championships 1st
5th Jul 2014 2014 Iseo - Franciacorta ITU World Paratriathlon Event 1st
21st Jun 2014 2014 Kitzb├╝hel ETU Triathlon European Championships 2nd
31st May 2014 2014 London ITU World Paratriathlon Event 1st
17th May 2014 2014 Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Event 2nd
13th Sep 2013 2013 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final London 1st
11th Sep 2013 2013 London ITU Aquathlon World Championships 1st
16th Jun 2013 2013 Alanya ETU Triathlon European Championships 1st
22nd Oct 2012 2012 Barfoot and Thompson World Triathlon Grand Final Auckland 2nd
17th Oct 2012 2012 Auckland ITU Aquathlon World Championships 1st
22nd Apr 2012 2012 Eilat ETU Triathlon European Championships 2nd
7th Aug 2011 2011 ITU World Championship Series London 2nd

2019 saw Melissa surpassing her 2017 medal tally, taking home two golds at the Besancon ITU Paratriathlon World Cup and the Magog ITU Paratriathlon World Cup. She continued to be no stranger to the podium throughout the year, claiming three consecutive silvers at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Lausanne, the Tokyo ITU Paratriathlon World Cup and the European Championships in Valencia. Melissa also landed a 3rd place finish at the ITU World Paratriathlon Series in Yokohama.

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