Country Champs Profile: Lachlan O’Reilly

With the countdown to the 2016 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships reaching single figures, it is time to get to know the athletes looking to write their name into the annals of the history of this longstanding and popular event.

Lachlan O’Reilly is no stranger to the Country Championship experience having competed every year since he was eligible.

The Coffs Harbour SLSC competitor enjoyed a stellar 2014/15 campaign, which culminated in four medals at the Country Champs held in Mollymook and a 6th place at the Australian titles.

The 17-year-old will be looking to repeat those efforts this season, but knows he faces a tough challenge as he makes the step up to Under 19s.

Having stood on the podium on many occasions throughout his surf life saving career, the talented O’Reilly hopes to experience that feeling again at South West Rocks.

He’s also looking forward to catching up with many of the friends he has made over the years, and getting some racing under his belt before the State and Australian titles later in the season.


Lachlan O’Reilly


Coffs Harbour

Age Group:

U19- Bottom Age

Events you are planning to contest:

Swim Board Ski Iron And all teams

Previous appearances or results at Country Champs or other major events:

I have attended the Country Championships every year since I first entered them at Tacking Point.

My 2015 results at Country included;

  • 2nd in U17 Iron, Swim and Board rescue
  • 3rd ski relay
  • 6th in U17 tube race at Aussies

How long have you been involved in surf lifesaving?

I’ve been involved in surf life saving since the under 8

What do you enjoy most about being a member of a surf lifesaving club?

I love that I am able to race and compete with some of my best mates in a sport that involves being at the beach every single day

How has your training been going for the Country Championships?

My training has been going really well for country titles. With the help of my Surf coach Mark Beavis and swim coach Dean Laurance I feel well prepared and ready to race

What are your goals for the Championships and the rest of the season?

I hope to come away with podium finishes in board, swim and iron as well as in all the team events with my best mates. Also I would love to come away with medals in board, swim or Iron at state & Aussies

Do you have any pre-event superstitions or preparations?

No not really. I just like to use the same equipment like swimming goggles or rashies that I know I feel comfortable in

What are you most looking forward to about Country Championships?

I am most looking forward to catching up with mates from other clubs as well as racing with them and my mates from my own club

Are there any surf athletes you admire or have found to be an inspiration and why?

I really admire Trevor Hendy and his approach to surf club as it is not only the physical stuff that wins you races, but also your mentality as well

Sun 31 Jan 2016