#JuniorBlackFins Athlete Profile: Lochlainn O’Connor
SLSNZ: What’s your nickname?
LO: Aquatic Giraffe, Congo, Latch or Lochy.
SLSNZ: Your clubs?
LO: Mount Maunganui
SLSNZ: When did you start surf lifesaving? And why?
LO: I started when I was five at Nippers. My grandad got me into it as he was, and still is, quite literally in it for life. It’s also where my parents met so they were going to have a special place in their hearts for surf lifesaving.
SLSNZ: What are your main events?
LO: 100m rescue medley, but I do all the swimming I possibly can!
SLSNZ: Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
LO: My sister was my biggest inspiration, as she is six and a half years older than me I always saw her doing amazing and incredible things and I always wanted to be like her.
SLSNZ: What is the best advice you have ever been given? And who was it from?
LO: My grandad always gave me one piece of advice, "Get in front and stay there" and that’s always stuck with me for every race I do
SLSNZ: What is one of the main things you currently do in your training that is key to your success?
LO: Whenever I'm feeling sore or tired, I think to myself that everyone else is just as sore and just as tired and it’s in these moments where the champions are decided.
SLSNZ: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
LO: Bali because of the cheap food, drinks, clothes, amazing sunsets and warm beaches.
SLSNZ: What does it mean to represent New Zealand on the world stage?
LO: For me representing NZ is a dream come true. Like I said before my sister was my inspiration and a main reason was because she made heaps of NZ teams in her last year at high school, so for me to be on par with her is amazing and I can hopefully do just as well if not better than her.
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