SURF STUDIO: Episode Four
This week on the latest episode of Surf Studio we caught up with Ironman legend Trevor Hendy, we flew to Sydney to chat to Drone pilot Brittaney Banks and then finish up in Victoria at the small town seaside town of Port Fairy where we chat to local Nipper Coordinator Nicole Dwyer.
When we last had a chat to the legendary Ironman, Trevor Hendy talked about his early days travelling around Australia with his family, and how his father instilled some early core values for his later life.
In the latest episode Trevor talks about learning to swim in the Northern Territory, starting Nippers on the Gold Coast and his first Aussies memories.
“I learnt to swim actually in the Daly River in the Northern Territory,” Hendy said.
“There was this big resident croc living in the area, and I often joke to people and say I learnt to swim in the Daly River and that may be were the pace came from because I was the youngest one and I might’ve been at the back of the pack but I was always trying to swim to the front of the pack.”
Brittaney Banks from North Bondi SLSC talks us through her journey in surf lifesaving from Nipper at Fingal Beach to her passion in the Support Operations crew for Surf Life Saving Sydney Branch as a Westpac Life Saver Rescue Drone Pilot.
“I started as from under sixes, when I started as a little Nipper, Dad decided that I needed to join Surf Life Saving,” Brittaney says of her first introduction to surf lifesaving.
“From there I became involved in competition… and really fell in love with the sport and originally started as a competitor.
“And then I really found my passion for support operations and everything really outside of the competition world when I moved to North Bondi and became involved with Sydney Branch.”
And finally, we chat to Nicole Dwyer from Port Fairy about how she went from growing up on a sheep and cattle farm to running Nippers for her kids and many others in the area.
“I grew up in a little town called Bessiebelle, can’t say it’s a town it’s a community. There’s no shops or anything there and a population of maybe 50 people,” Dwyer said of growing up on sheep and cattle farm about half an hour inland from Port Fairy.
“We occasionally would come to the beach on a hot day, but that was maybe once or twice a month, so we weren’t as lucky as a lot of kids today.
“So I haven’t lived and breathed the ocean all my life, it’s only the last 25 years I suppose that I’ve become involved in Surf Life Saving.”
To find out more about each of these stories make sure to tune into episode four of Surf Studio this Wednesday night on the SLSA website and SLSA Facebook page.
Surf Studio is regular online show with each episode featuring stories from around Australia and covering a range of topics such as sport, lifesaving, leadership, education etc and Surf Life Saving Australia encourages everyone to be involved. If you, or anyone you know has a story that you would like to share via Surf Studio please email firstname.lastname@example.org