Trevor Hendy

Trevor Hendy

Former Australian professional surf lifesaver
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About Trevor

“Trevor Hendy is a leader in the field of truth and wellness. Trevor has become highly sort after for his ability to speak from experience about living a life of accomplishment, balance and deep ...”

Trevor Hendy is a leader in the field of truth and wellness. Trevor has become highly sort after for his ability to speak from experience about living a life of accomplishment, balance and deep personal satisfaction, not to mention climbing the highest heights. It is as a Professional Australian Sportsman that he first became well known. Trevor was unchallenged as “the Greatest Ironman in the World” – the pride of Australian Surf Life Saving, with a very laid back attitude and always having time, and indeed a passion, for helping others Trevor became one of Australia’s most popular identities.


Competing for the Surfers Paradise Club on the Gold Coast, Trevor won six Australian Open Ironman titles surpassing Grant Kenny’s record of the time. His string of Queensland titles stretch back to the mid 1980’s and in 1994 he claimed his fourth consecutive World Ironman title in the United Kingdom. This feat was regarded as miraculous considering the world title is only held every 2nd year and involves many rounds for qualification. Given the list of possible outcomes, it was this winning streak that first stamped Trevor’s ability to consistently feel his way through any situation as something special indeed (an ability that would come in very handy in his later corporate life). This was driven home also in 1994 when Trevor swept away all before him, creating a unique record of five 1st placings and two 2nd placings out of 7 professional starts in that season’s Ironman Super Series, leaving him unquestionably at the pinnacle of his sport. After this, Trevor switched to Kayaking in a bid to refresh his desire to compete at the top level. Having achieved a rare feat of completing his sporting goals at a young age, Trevor, armed with a new set of goals and a new sport to conquer, set about tackling a steep learning curve with a new freshness and a desire to paddle at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. He went on to make it to the 1998 World Kayak/Canoe Championships and European World Cup series, finishing with several top 5 places and along the way, having a real taste of the teamwork required (another ability that would be later called on) to challenge the world kayaking elite in the hotly contested K4 1000m event.


He also secured two more Australian championships along the way. After making it into a very small and hard to crack Australian Kayaking side, he had fulfilled his dream of once again representing his country, albeit this time in an entirely different sport. After returning from the 1998 World Kayaking Championships, having done the hard yards and seemingly only a stones throw from the 2000 Olympics, Trevor stunned the sporting world by announcing his retirement from professional sport, ending his dormant Ironman career and his 2000 Olympic campaign in the process. It was then that we came to understand that a new Trevor Hendy had emerged. “I simply realised that I loved helping people win their gold medal more than I loved chasing my own”. While coaching the next couple of World Ironman Champions, Trevor certainly flew a few more times, winning World and Australian titles in the new millennium, admittedly without training for them. “It’s amazing what you can do when you truly feel good about yourself”. Trevor was awarded as a member of the Order of Australia. He has also been inducted into the Surf Life Saving, Gold Coast and Australian Sporting Hall of Fame.


Trevor has become highly sort after for his ability to speak, from experience, about living a life of accomplishment, balance and deep personal satisfaction, not to mention climbing the highest heights. He is a renowned and highly sort after problem solver, specialising in conflict resolution and works regularly with large corporate organisations to inspire and unite their teams with an emphasis on creating a wave of success and riding it. One of Trevor’s more recent and heartfelt projects has seen him join with old mates, Karla Gilbert, Phil Clayton and David Simons to create Element X, a company that aims to bring the magic out for individuals, corporate groups and teams, beginner to elite, in and through team building, sport and activity. The Element X program has become a fun, successful and impactful part of many Corporate conferences and retreats.

What people say about Trevor

Trevor’s presentation was engaging, motivational and entertaining. The team found it easy to relate to his message to both their business and personal lives. In delivering the story of his journey to becoming the Australian Ironman Champion, his message to the team was clear, if you are willing to commit to the hard work and make the sacrifices necessary, then you can really achieve anything you put your mind to…

– Doug Snell, General Manager, Commonwealth Bank Regional Business and Private Banking

We engaged Trevor to run a motivational session for us in the early stages of training for our retention team. Trevor truly delivered to brief and then some. He was energetic, enthusiastic, focused and present. He engaged with the entire audience and made the content relevant and meaningful. The participants were all overwhelmed with his honesty, humility, great sense of humor and motivating stories. Indeed I found myself questioning my own practices and checking in with my own guiding principles as a result…. Trevor was generous with his time, gave the team the utmost respect by preparing and meeting them in their own world. I enjoyed every minute of the session and found myself wanting to listed for longer. I would have no hesitation in recommending Trevor to other organisaions looking for a versatile speaker who is able to adjust his life experiences and content to meet the needs of his clients.

– Nicole Issaakidis, Group Manager, Learning and People – Austar Entertainment Pty Ltd

Trevor Hendy was a guest speaker at my monthly Business Excellence Breakfasts held in Tweed and Gold Coast several months ago. The presenters are the best in Australia and many are of international status. The impact Trevor made on the large audience of 100 leading business people was incredibly powerful. He is the most outstanding World and Australian Ironman of his time, but he was able to explain to the group a system to be successful in business and overcome obstacles that they could relate to instantly. He held their attention from his opening words with his inspirational stories that made a real connection with the audience. No other speaker over the years has made this brilliant an impact to this mix of businessman. He has a speaking style that relates well to any group and makes a real connection with his audience. Trevor is a real champion who has the gift of being able to transfer his methodology of success to an audience that will leave with the motivation to strive for success and overcome any hurdles.

– John Hurd, Convenor of Business Excellence Events