Surf Studio – Trevor Hendy Part 4
When we last had a chat to legendary Ironman Trevor Hendy OAM we talked about fatherhood and his experience of winning an Aussie title with son TJ Hendy.
In the latest episode of Surf Studio Trevor talks about the highs of being an internationally recognised Ironman and being able to give back to the surf lifesaving movement all these years later after his lengthy career in the sport.
“There’s something about our movement, it’s the only humanitarian movement in the world that actually has an elite sport directly connected to it,” Trevor said of surf lifesaving.
“Because I became an influencer within the movement and was pushed into the limelight through the Elite series, I was able to meet many crazy, amazing people. I was lucky enough to work with Collingwood Football Club, Swimming Australia and all sorts of different things along the way.
“To be able to give back like that is really, really humbling. I kind of feel whenever I do that, not only am I trying to give to lifesaving, but I feel like I am representing lifesaving. Everything that I get to do, lifesaving ekes out of me.
During his golden days of Ironman racing, Trevor even starred alongside the Uncle Toby’s athletes playing himself in a 1996 episode of Baywatch in California.
“It was just the most incredible experience, with Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff. We even went to the launch of the Baywatch fragrance on Malibu Beach, and there were all these movie stars there,” Trevor said.
“I went on to meet Michael Jackson one time and spent quite some time talking to him before a concert, that was a surreal experience… We spent the night at a party with Madonna who just wanted to meet the Ironmen when she came to the country.
“It’s amazing the people I’ve met and become friends with and connected with out of our movement, and out of our sport.
“But when the circle came all the way back around, it’s the humble, simple things of being a volunteer and doing a patrol. I’m the President of Surfers Paradise SLSC now and I try to give back there and help the next generation to have something to look forward to.
“It’s those things that completed the journey, it’s coming back to where all the roots started.
“If we stick around long enough and we start being able to get out the back, pass our bronze and rescue others and contribute, whether we are fundraising, getting on a committee, making lunches, or whether we go on to compete, it’s all the same, they’re all heroes.”
To hear more from the legendary Ironman on giving back to the surf lifesaving movement, make sure to tune into episode fourteen of Surf Studio on the SLSA website and SLSA Facebook page.