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Triathlon NSW clearly shares Lorcan’s aspirations as well, after successfully putting him forward to receive one of the inaugural Australian Commonwealth Games Association NSW Athletes Grant this year.

Teen triathlete

eyes green and gold future With our second competitor in as many Olympic Games vying for glory in the men’s triathlon, there will be plenty of sports fans across the Hunter following the action in Rio on August 18.

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ut Newcastle teenager Lorcan Redmond will have more reasons than most to be glued to coverage of the event at Fort Copacabana. Aside from cheering on fellow Maitland Triathlon Club member Aaron Royle as he makes his Olympic debut, Lorcan will no doubt be studying the techniques of the best triathletes in the world – and dreaming of one day being among the pack himself. Despite having taken up the sport just three years ago, the 16-yearold is already taking great leaps towards a future wearing the green and gold, with a string of results that confirm him as one of the best junior triathletes for his age in the country. These include securing the title at the School Sport Australia Triathlon National Championships three years in a row. The Year 10 Newcastle Grammar

The program assists with funding for the development of talented athletes who have not received significant grants elsewhere.

School student hopes to be able to create history by making it five consecutive titles.

“Lorcan is one of the most talented kids to have ever come into the sport,” Triathlon NSW CEO Phil Dally said.

But that is far from the biggest dream he is eying off – with Commonwealth and Olympic Games berths on his long‑term radar.

“We just need to keep him in the right environment to ensure his longevity and provide the best opportunity for him to develop to his full potential.”

Lorcan was inspired as a 12-yearold watching the London Olympics triathlon, which included another Maitland Triathlon Club member – Brendan Sexton – as well as the most dominant duo in the sport in recent years, Great Britain’s Alastair and Johnathan Brownlee.

But that’s not the only high praise Lorcan has received recently.

“I was inspired by watching the London Games, I thought I could give that a go – and I’ve never looked back,” he said. “I probably train about 20 hours a week and every week for the past three years I’ve been putting the hours in – it’s something that I enjoy and something I hope will take me places.”

Hunter Olympian Scott Westcott revealed his faith in Lorcan’s future via social media and his own blog, saying he would watch his progress with interest. That progress will hopefully include an even better showing in next season’s Australian Junior (under-19) Triathlon Series, with Lorcan’s debut this year resulting in three top 10 finishes, including one second placing. He also has his eyes on a spot on the Australian team at the World Junior Championships in 2017.

Pursuing a TriaThlon life is made easier wiTh assisTance from generous sPonsors. Lorcan Redmond would like to thank the following businesses for their continued help and support.

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