Recover: Holly Moczydlowski and Jo O’Connor

by | Mar 19, 2017 | Health + Beauty, Recover | 0 comments

Holly Moczydlowski (left) and Jo O’Connor (right), were on the cover of UNO. in 2005, just before heading to Australia to represent NEW ZEALAND in the World Life Saving Championships. We get back in touch with Holly and find out what she’s been up to over the last DECADE!! 

IT’S A LONG TIME AGO! DO YOU REMEMBER THE PHOTO SHOOT FOR THE COVER?

For Jo and me, it felt pretty funny to have our hair and makeup done for training. The photographer wanted us to be all focused and serious, running out of the water. We had to repeat this over and over again, because we were too busy laughing and body surfing up the beach, much to the frustration of the makeup artist and photographer.

Julia Mercer, Ayla Dunlop-Barrett, Holly Moczydlowski, Johanna O’Connor at the World Life Saving Championships, 2006

HOW DID YOU DO AT THE WORLD CHAMPS?

I became the World Champion in the women’s beach sprint and was placed in other events. Our team did well too — check us out with our silver medals for tube rescue!

HOW HAS YOUR CAREER PROGRESSED SINCE THEN?

A Bachelor of Sport and Recreation and a Diploma of Teaching steered me into a career teaching and coaching. My summers have been given up to coaching at the Mount Lifeguard Service.

Jo and I coached the juniors together for a number of years, helping develop their surf skills in and on the water. After seven years, I have recently stepped back from this role, which I loved doing.

It’s been enjoyable having a strong influence on developing fundamental skills such as surf knowledge and basic lifeguarding with our young members. Many have gone on to represent New Zealand or have become excellent lifeguards.

My day job for the last seven years has been a teacher at Mount Maunganui College in the Physical Education and Health Department. This has been just as rewarding as my coaching role.

Holly Moczydlowski, Kendall Elliot, Olivia Eaton, Arna Majstrović in France, narrowly missing out on first place

Competing has still played a huge role in my life: in many New Zealand nationals, the Japan Nationals and a number of Australian Nationals, gaining various titles in different events.

I have also been to another two World Championships, the most recent representing The Mount Lifeguard Service in France in 2014.

HAVE YOU GOT ANYTHING EXCITING IN THE PIPELINE?

Yes! My husband and I are expecting our first child just before Christmas. We are both very excited about this next chapter, as we are looking forward to have a little bundle of energy to care for, bring up and teach.

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