SURF STUDIO: Trevor Hendy Part Two
When we last had a chat to legendary Ironman Trevor Hendy we talked about his early days travelling around Australia with his family, and how Trevor’s father instilled some early core values for his later life.
In the latest episode of Surf Studio 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.”
As for his first day of Nippers, a young Trevor Hendy was ready to say no when his friend came and asked him to join.
“I had the words formed in my mouth ready to say ‘no thanks I’ll be right’,” the now legendary Ironman said.
“But my Dad stepped up next to me and said ‘He’d love to come’.
It’s hard to imagine Trevor Hendy being nervous to compete against anyone in the water, but a young Trevor was intimidated by the other young boys in a swimming competition on his first day of Nippers.
“The guys were shaking their arms and had swim caps… and I remember freaking out and thinking I just want to be with my family… I cried my eyes out,” said Hendy of the confronting swim on his first day.
“But my father grabbed me and pulled me over and he said to the guys ‘Start the race without him.”
Trevor’s father who recognised that his son didn’t want to compete, instilled some valuable core lessons that day that Trevor still continues to follow in his life.
“When everybody did their laps and they all went down the beach… and he said ‘right, now everyone is gone, now do your six laps’,” Trevor said of his father.
“To his credit what he did was take away the confront of having to swim against the other kids, but he made me complete the task.
“So it set up a pattern for me that I’ve had my whole life is whenever I’ve actually not pulled something off or failed at something…I’ve always come back to it and tried again while no one was watching.
“I went away and just worked on it quietly until I was able to do it and then always completed what I’d started.”
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