Lachie said: “I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of the inaugural Lilyroo Ride. Having known Pete and Kristie for quite some time, this cause is one that instantly became close to my heart. Hopefully, through the ride and other avenues, we can continue to raise awareness as well as funds for the NISC unit which plays such an imperative role for those who require it at the Women’s.”
Commenting on Lachie’s Ambassadorship Lilyroo Fund Founder Kristie Lockyer said: “Lachie has been a fantastic supporter of the Lilyroo Fund since its inception. We are extremely privileged to have such a dedicated, hard working young athlete supporting the Lilyroo Ride. Lachie has an incredibly bright future ahead of him and we look forward to being part of it.”
Lachie will be riding all seven days of the Lilyroo Ride just two weeks after he competes in Ironman Asia-Pacific Championships Melbourne, his first ever Ironman distance event. Lachie is the 18th rider to join the Lilyroo Ride.
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Lachie is a 20-year old professional triathlete, based in Melbourne, Australia. He has been racing triathlons since 2010 under the guidance of his coach Andy Sleeman, and mentors Luke Bell, Steve Waite, and, Col Davis. Lachie has raced all over the world and, despite being one of the youngest professionals triathletes on the circuit, has already achieved some excellent results. He is sponsored by Jaggad, Cannondale, ENVE, SRAM, Fi’zi:k, Bell, and, Dare2Tri.
About The Lilyroo Fund & Lilyroo Ride
Established in March 2014 by Kristie and Pete Lockyer to celebrate the short but perfect life of their daughter Lily. The Lilyroo Fund raises funds and awareness for the NISC Unit at The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne.
At 23 weeks and 2 days into Kristie Lockyer’s pregnancy, her waters unexpectedly broke. Up to that point Kristie had enjoyed a normal healthy pregnancy. Four days later on March 26th 2014 at 11:43am, Lily Mary Lockyer was born weighing just 558g. Despite the world class care of the Newborn Intensive and Special Care (NISC) unit at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, Lily was born too young to lead a long and healthy life.
Nicknamed Lilyroo by her eldest cousin, Lily’s legacy will live on through the Lilyroo Fund and ensure that preterm babies and their families receive the same incredible care and compassion that Lily and her family received at the Women’s.
The inaugural Lilyroo Ride is a 1156km 7-day charity bicycle ride from Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide to the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne. Up to thirty riders will cycle the route from Sunday 5th April 2015 to Saturday 11th April 2015 and raise much needed funds for the Royal Women’s Hospital NISC unit.