Former HVTC Apprentice Pursues Olympic Dream

Lachlan Sharp is a former HVTC apprentice who completed his training while hosted to Centennial Coal in late 2019 – and he has kicked off his Olympic campaign in Tokyo with a fantastic start!

Lachlan got started in the competitive hockey scene from a very young age and continued playing into adulthood. As a second-year fitter apprentice, Lachlan commenced with HVTC and Centennial in 2017, before making his international Hockey debut in the World League Final later that year.

Lachlan always showed commitment to his apprenticeship during his time with HVTC and received great feedback from his Host Employer. Lachlan’s HVTC Field Officer, Karen Eveleigh, commented; “Lachlan was always committed to his engineering mechanical apprenticeship, and it was important to him to obtain his trade qualification. It was great to see him reach this goal whilst being able to pursue a dream of becoming an elite sportsman.”

After completing the second year of his apprenticeship, the Lithgow local chose to pursue his sporting dream and make the move to Perth, where he could train with the Australian team before going on to win the gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Lachlan demonstrated his passion to completing his trade training and studies by returning to his apprenticeship in any break he had with his Hockey career. Through the support of his Field Officer, and his Host Employer, Centennial, Lachlan was able to complete his trade and become a qualified fitter, even when battling injury.

Lachlan’s 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games campaign has now started with the Kookaburra’s team, and he has certainly started strong, scoring a goal in their second match and helping the team remain undefeated so far.

Congratulations to Lachlan and all the best with the rest of his Olympic campaign.

Lachlan Sharp

 Image: Hockey Australia.