Declan Dempster




Burleigh & Mount Maunganui


Board & Ironman

Declan Dempster

How do you stay motivated and push yourself in training?

I keep reminding myself of the dream 10 year old Declan had.

Many athletes have pre-game rituals that help them get into the zone. What are some of your personal pre-game rituals or routines that you believe help you get in the zone before hitting the beach or pool?

I just run through the motions, visualise how I want to run my race, tell myself it's time to put in maximum effort and just get after it.

Reflecting on your career so far, what would you consider as the most memorable or defining moment?

After having a fair few set backs with injury my most defining moment would be having the resilience to get back after it every time my body tells me otherwise.

Are there any specific achievements or milestones that you are particularly proud of and that you feel have significantly impacted your journey as an athlete?

Being part of the first and only NZ youth team to win worlds is a massive achievement that always inspires me to chase more big moments for myself and my country.

Beyond your athletic pursuits, do you have any hobbies or passions that might surprise people?

I have a few surprises. I'm a 4th year law student who loves anime and is massively into fishing. So a real mixed bag.

How do you balance your intense training and competition schedule with personal interests outside of your sport? 

Time management and planning. It is possible to get a lot done when you put your mind to it, whether I bring a fishing rod to training and have a flick after, or I fit study into my lunch break at work. You can always fit things in if you want it enough.

What are your top 3 ENGINE products (either for racing or training)?
Iron Jammer 3 feel like they don't need explaining but they are just by far the best jammers in the ocean. Engine Weapons, so comfortable and clear. Engine Club Cuts just an all round comfortable durable training tog.

Declan Dempster Wear

Weapon Goggle - Army
$35.00 AUD
Iron Jammer 3 - 2XS
$195.00 AUD
Club Cut Pool Shade - 2XL
$45.00 AUD