Top international para-triathlete visits Alford school

Melissa and Allan Reid with some of the pupils during their visit.
Melissa and Allan Reid with some of the pupils during their visit.

A top international para-triathlete visited Queen Elizabeth’s Gramar School in Alford this week.

Melissa Reid, who this season won the World Para-triathlon Championships in London, was joined at the school by her father Allan Reid, who coaches her, when she visited on Wednesday (October 16).

Melissa has had an outstanding season this year and also holds the European and British Champs in the Tri6 category.

Melissa and Allan travelled up from Cornwall to coach members of the school’s newly formed triathlon club, led by headteacher Angie Francis, Jay Harding and John Orrey in the sport’s three disciplines of swimming, cycling and running.

Melissa also gave an insight into the amount of dedication and training required to reach the highest standards.

The school said all of the pupils who participated in the session benefited from Melissa’s knowledge and were extremely grateful for the time she and her father gave up.

Allan Reid said: “I am really impressed with the number of children attending the school’s triathlon club.

“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with them and I wish them luck in their competitions next year.”

The school started its triathlon club in September to offer further opportunity to those interested in sport outside the curriculum.

The school said there had been great interest from pupils of all ages.

Miss Francis, headteacher, said: “It was a privilege to welcome Melissa and Allan to the school and they have really inspired the children to pursue this sport to the highest level possible.”