Tokyo Olympics: New blood from New Zealand triathlon named to four-player squad for Games
“It is an absolute honor and privilege to be selected for the New Zealand Olympic team. It has been a dream for many, many years and is now becoming a reality. It is a satisfying feeling!” Wilde commented.
Wilde and his teammates Tayler Reid and Ainsley Thorpe were all part of the 2019 Under-23 mixed team relay world champion squad in 2019 and will want to repeat that success in Tokyo.
Tayler Reid of Gisborne and Nicole van der Kaay of Taupo already have a Commonwealth Games bronze medal thanks to their previous performance in the MTR event in 2018 on the Gold Coast.
Reid also won gold at the 2018 ITU U-23 Triathlon Grand Final in 2018. The “Gizzy lad” is delighted to be named to the team.
“I have dreamed of going to the Olympics all my life, and I’m super excited to have it happening now. Every day is in the front of my mind, working to improve myself so that I can deliver a performance to make my family, Gizzy and New Zealand proud! “
Ainsley Thorpe of Cambridge comes to the Games in great shape, with a recent second place in the Under-23 category at the World Triathlon Oceania in Port Douglas in June and a fourth overall.
The 2020 Oceania sprint champion and podium winner on the World Cup circuit has her eyes set on Tokyo.
“I’m looking forward to what is going to be a once in a lifetime experience and can’t wait to don the New Zealand uniform!”
Nicole van der Kaay of Taupo, who placed seventh in the individual race at the Commonwealth Games, is eager to be back on the international circuit.
“I am delighted to be part of the New Zealand team wearing the Silver Fern on the Olympic stage!” said van der Kaay.
“This is a childhood dream for me and it will soon come true. Let’s see what we kiwis can do!”