Lachlan Haycock | Sport2020
From running around a rugby field on frosty, winter mornings in bare feet, to weekend athletics where I would experience 4 seasons of weather in one day; it’s fair to say I have enjoyed a childhood packed full of sports and physical activity. Spending my younger years competing in a large range of different sports, I quickly found out that I had a natural sporting talent and excelled in almost everything I did.
At age 15, I found a passion for triathlon and started to shift my focus towards it. I had a strong running and cycling background, however, lacked swim training. The challenge to pick up swimming has been the biggest challenge thus far in my life, but I am proud to say that swimming is now becoming a big strength of mine.
I believe a massive factor towards my sporting ability came from my upbringing. My parents raised me alongside my older brother, encouraging us to be active, creative and not afraid to explore. Farmlands, animals, avocado orchards and native bush are all apart of our Tauranga located property that I am lucky enough to have called my home for the past 19 years of my life. Living on a farm has allowed me to grow up with a love for animals, and I still remember naming and feeding my pet sheep and cow as a little kid. As I got older, I was lucky enough to get my own Golden Retriever dog which is still one of my best friends to this day.
I am currently a student at the new Tauranga campus for the University of Waikato where I am studying a Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance, majoring in Human Performance and Psychology. With my studies and training commitments taking up many hours a week, I have to ensure I use time management to fit everything into the highest level I can.