Sir Brian Lochore
Sir Brian Lochore was knighted in 1999 for his service and contribution to rugby, how ever he is the sort of man that doesn’t need a knighthood nor public recognition to do things for others. Believe it or not BJ (to those who know him well) always wanted to be a jockey. Winkle, a black Shetland pony was his first mount. Despite not having a float like many of his friends Getting to Pony Club was no problem for the Jim Lochore, BJ’s father because a bit of Kiwi ingenuity was to be the saving grace. To solve the problem Winkle would travel in the back of the family Chev with his head out the window. Have wheels will travel… a common wheelchair motto!
However with BJ growing, his jockey dream was not to be realized, instead he was to first play tennis in the Wairarapa and become highly ranked at National level before becoming an All Black, the Kiwi Dream. Still a farmer to support his family in the days where rugby was a game and not a profession. He was picked out at a young age as a promising forward and on this promise he was to deliver much for the National public. The 1963/64 tour of the United Kingdom was to be BJ’s debut as an All Black and he continued to not only dominate the No. 8 position but be seen as one of the best ever New Zealand has produced. He wore the Black Jersey in 1971 for a final time after captaining All Black teams that included names like Meads, Tremain and Gray. BJ’s time as captain was to see only 3 losses in a total of 18 tests, a sign of the respect he had from everyone around him.
As a coach, he achieved National coach status in 1985 for 3 years with highlights during this period including the Baby Blacks victory over France in 1986 and the famous All Black win in the 1987 inaugural World Cup.
BJ is involved in all aspects of rugby but has also been involved with the NZ Hilary Commission and the Sports Foundation. He still keeps involved in local events in the Wairarapa where he is extremely generous with his time and energy.
Why Brian Lochore for the CatWalk Trust?
The reason we asked BJ to join our list of National Patrons was not only because of his rugby background (many SCI's come from rugby) but also the respect that he evokes from everyone he meets. The CatWalk team are honoured that BJ has accepted the role of National Patron for the Trust.