St. John’s College triathlete eyes Paris 2024

Posted: November 25, 2021Category: Uncategorized

St. John’s College triathlete eyes Paris 2024

Winning a tranche of prizes at this year’s Tri HB Awards is the latest feather in Lachie MacGregor’s cap, and the start of what he hopes will be a long and fulfilling career.

The Year 12 St. John’s College student won three awards; Junior Male Champion and Most Improved Junior Male as well as a youth sponsorship from P&R Napier for Up and Coming Youth Member of Tri HB – the latter two he has won before.

Humble about his accomplishments, Lachie says he would rather not focus on the past, but instead work toward his goals.

“You can’t reminisce on what you’ve done in the past that’s good, you’ve got to keep pushing for better,” the 17-year-old says.

The $250 sponsorship will go towards a new helmet, with a different style to what he has used before.

He is currently building back for what he hopes will be a strong season, after COVID-19 Alert Level Restrictions hampered his ability to train in the water and cancelled several events.

Beyond that, he hopes to qualify for the New Zealand U19 team’s training camp in the Gold Coast – something he believes will put him in a “really good” position leading up to Olympic trials in 2023.

Paris 2024 is the “ultimate goal”. If successful, he would compete in the Triathlon which comprises a 1.5km swim, 45km bike and 10km run.

The decision to pursue his Olympic dream came after a lot of thought.

“It changed like last year when I thought whether I wanted to do a long distance event at Worlds as an 18-year-old or go to the Olympics as a 20-year-old.

“And if I do the long distance event, I won’t be able to do the Olympics because they take two different styles of training, and it would take too long to get back into the short distance between the long distance event and the Olympics.”

However, with his determination to succeed, he says he can make his dream a reality.

“Everyone has a shot, it just all depends on how much you put in and how badly you want this opportunity.”

He is grateful for everyone who has supported him along his relatively short journey so far, including his sponsors and his coach Franco October. He is particularly grateful for his school’s support.

“They’ve been behind me from the moment they heard about it and have done as much as they can to help which has been incredible.”

Photo: St. John’s College student Lachie MacGregor (middle) with Triathlon Hawke’s Bay (Tri HB) President George Massingham (left), Race Director Bruce Richardson and General Manager Ngaia Richardson.