Prepare to be Amazed: Troy Lockyear
By Kiera Fitzgibbon
New Rooster Troy Lockyear brings a lot of excitement and talent to the RUNY Squad. As he embarks on his professional career with the team, he’s excited to learn all he can from his teammates.
Also, Troy is a magician. So cool, right?
Check out one of Troy’s magic tricks below!
As a teenager, Troy performed magic tricks to crowds small and large, wowing spectators with his tricks. It’s a hobby that started off with his friend showing him a magic trick he learned on YouTube and down the rabbit hole he went. He started watching videos to teach himself; he first performed in front of family and friends, who instantly wanted to see another trick, and so his passion for magic took off. To see his favorite trick, search Shin Lim on America’s Got Talent (spoiler alert: my mind is blown).
“What I love about magic is the way people react to it and the interactions I have with people when I do it,” he shared.
Some of his most memorable performances included some star-studded spectators like Bear Grylls and Damian Lewis from the Showtime series Homeland. As cool as it was to have them in his audience, his favorite performance was at Blenheim Palace for 1,000 guests. “It was by far the biggest and most challenging thing I had ever done.”
“It’s a pretty awesome feeling when for a split second, someone thinks something magical has just happened.”
As Troy embarks on his professional rugby career, he’s confident that his experience at Cal Rugby established the foundation for him to succeed on the RUNY team. “Cal is an incredibly professional environment,” said Troy. “Rugby has forced me to become stronger and more powerful.” He dealt with some tough injuries during his collegiate career, but his passion for the game motivated him to “come back and continue playing the sport I love.”
“I love playing rugby because it covers every area of sport – skill, athleticism, physicality and mental toughness,” he shared. “There are very few sports that require all those qualities.”
Life at RUNY so far has been a smooth transition from college rugby. “The culture and environment are incredibly welcoming and inclusive” said Troy. Despite being a younger player, Troy said the team has immersed him in the culture and environment from the get-go, so it’s been easy for him to jump right in and prepare for the season. But one player has been instrumental to his adjustment to the team and New York City living. “Alex MacDonald has been great. He’s been here since day one when I arrived, showing me around the city and helping me get my bearings. It’s that Southern hospitality!”
New York City is a big change from California, from weather to lifestyle. “I’ve never been somewhere that has so much going on at any time of the day and on any day of the week.” Granted we don’t have the year-round warm weather of California, but there’s always something going on in New York and most importantly, is filled with incredible places to eat. Troy wants to explore the city’s endless options of restaurants, but his first stop has to be ramen. “I am a massive fan of Netflix’s Chef’s Table and therefore am dying to go to Ivan Ramen.”
Troy is already getting to know the city better through the Community Outreach Program. He traveled with a group of RUNY athletes and staff last week to two school visits. “It’s been awesome to help grow the game,” Troy continued. “It’s one of the main reasons that I wanted to come out to America in the first place.” Troy and the other RUNY athletes shared their personal rugby careers with the students to inspire excitement in the U.S. market. Taking time to talk to students about why he loves rugby makes Troy eager to continue to promote RUNY in New York. “It’s so refreshing to meet so many people that get excited about the game,” he shared. “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities that rugby has given me, and I think it’s important to show young people what doors it can open for them.”
Get to know a little more about Troy in a Lightning Round Q&A below!
If you could have dinner with 3 people, dead or alive who would you invite and what would you eat?
Sonny Bill Williams because he’s my sporting hero
Jennifer Aniston because she’s my celebrity crush
Steve McQueen because he might have been the coolest man ever
If I was cooking then I’d make a chicken stir-fry, easy to make and a crowd pleaser.
What makes you laugh the most?
There’s a comedian from England called Lee Evans who never fails to make me laugh.
What’s the coolest place you’ve visited?
Definitely New Zealand. I went there a couple of years ago for Christmas and fell in love with it. It had been a dream of mine to go for as long as I have played rugby and it lived up to every expectation.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Super speed. Dash was always my favorite growing up, so I have to go with that.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things would you bring and who would you be stranded with?
Endless supply of water
A magnifying glass
Pack of cards
I would bring Bear Grylls
What’s the coolest gift you’ve ever received?
I am a massive Coldplay fan, and my mates bought me tickets to see them at the 49ers’ stadium.
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