Kristie Lockyer is Teaching and Learning Officer at St Michael’s Grammar School, a position she has held for over 6 years. She was born in Wanganui, New Zealand, and started swimming competitively aged 10. Four years later she took up rowing, luring her Dad, Ian, back to Aramoho Wanganui Rowing Club to coach her crew. Kristie excelled at rowing and went on to represent New Zealand at the Junior World Championships in 2001 and 2002, and U21 Youth Cup in 2003. Through her rowing prowess she also won a scholarship to the Canterbury Institute of Sport to study for a Diploma of Sports performance. Domestically she won 7 National titles before following in her Dads footsteps and taking up rowing coaching, first in Wanganui, and then in Melbourne from 2006.
Kristie is a two-time Ironman finisher, marathon finisher and in 2008, whilst training for Ironman New Zealand met her husband, Pete. They were married in 2012, and on March 26th 2014 their daughter, Lily, was born prematurely at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne; tragically Lily passed away just one day later. Kristie and Pete formed the Lilyroo Fund in April 2014 to raise funds for the Royal Women’s Hospital NISC unit and raise awareness of premature birth.
Pete Lockyer is a Software Developer at PageUp People, with over 14 years experience in the IT industry. Originally from the UK, Pete studied at the University of Cambridge graduating with a MA/MEng in Chemical Engineering, before starting his career in IT at HRM Software Ltd in London. In 2005, Pete emigrated to Melbourne, and contracted through Jenny Barbour & Associates for 18 months, before joining PageUp People in mid 2007.
Unlike Kristie, Pete did not start participating in sport until relatively late, taking up rowing when he was 19. He rowed for 9 years (for Jesus College, Cambridge, London Rowing Club and at Melbourne University Boat Club), before switching to endurance events – he has finished seven Ironman triathlons, and three Marathons. An extremely creative person, Pete is a gifted artist, combining these talents with his technology skills to create and build, among numerous projects for family and friends, the Lilyroo Fund’s web presence.
“During her short time in the Royal Women’s Hospital NISC unit, Lily herself was a direct beneficiary of equipment (a state of the art X-ray machine) purchased by another fund. It is our dream for the Lilyroo Fund to help babies in the NISC unit in a similar way, and in doing so honour and celebrate our beautiful daughter’s short but perfect life. We are equally passionate about raising awareness of premature birth and feel so fortunate to have such a diverse, talented and committed group of friends joining us on the Lilyroo Fund committee.”