NSWIS Awards Winners | Lachlan Hollis and Hannah Buckling

Congratulations to Lachlan Hollis and Hannah Buckling, who were both named as winners of their categories at this year’s NSWIS Awards.

Hollis proved himself as an inspiration to other athletes taking home the prestigious Ian Thorpe OAM Most Outstanding award presented by Ryde Toyota, who is also a long-standing sponsor and supporter of WPA.

Now three years into remission from his cancer diagnosis, not only has he returned to full health and rejoined the Australian Men’s water polo team in 2017 but has also found time to manage and develop his personal training business ‘Holistic Fitness’. Hollis said:

“Intense rehab [following the treatment] was 12 months in duration to learn to walk, sit-up, all the fundamental life skills.

“I had short-term goals over that 12 months and that’s how I am here today.

“The next short-term goal is the World Cup next year in Europe, with the big one, the long-term goal hoping that all goes well is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.”

Buckling received the University of Sydney Academic Excellence award for combining her successful water polo career as an Aussie Stinger with her study to become a doctor at the University of Sydney. Buckling, who describes herself as a ‘schedule ninja’ said:

“Water polo makes you good at dealing with high-stress situations, and I think medicine is making me better at this too.

“The first year of a cycle is always tough, you want to lay down the foundations early to build on throughout the cycle towards the Olympics, as ultimately getting a medal at the Olympics is the goal.”

Winning these awards is a great achievement for both water polo athletes, we look forward to seeing them progress their careers both in and out of the water.

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