“IF you make a difference to one person, that can be the whole world, because that one person can change and that can affect others to change.”
This is what four-time Iron Man world champion Trevor Hendy believes can take place when community events are held, and the Botanic to Bridge run could be the catalyst for change in lives.
The Iron Man champ was in town yesterday, after being invited to town to talk about the Botanic to Bridge event, which is happening on Sunday, August 22.
And the more he’s heard about the Botanic to Bridge concept, the more he liked it.
“I think it’s fantastic ... when you have a particular passion or purpose for it, it’s a magic thing,” he said.
He believes the fact proceeds raised from the Botanic to Bridge go back into local groups and organisations is a real motivation for participation.
“I don’t think it’s a small thing the money goes back into the schools and surf clubs, I think it’s a win-win, because there’s no promoter with their hand out trying to make a heap of money from the event,” Hendy said.
“When I talk to the kids about who’s doing it, they throw their hands up, there’s a real excitement about it.”
Hendy, who competed in Iron Man events from 1985 until 2000, had students doing fun breathing exercises, and talked about the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle.
“I’m really into teaching them that they can achieve anything they want to achieve,” Hendy said.
Students at Gladstone Central State School listened as he told them about his most memorable experience, which was an interaction between a whale and its calf, and how they approached him and allowed him to catch a ride on a fin.
Central teachers will don fancy dress for the Botanic to Bridge, Hendy said, and people taking part should aim to have as much fun as possible.
“At the end of the weekend, they’ll (the teachers) say “isn’t this great?” he said.
Mr Hendy also visited St John’s, Boyne Island Primary School and Tannum Sands Primary School, and will speak to Chanel College students this morning.
Read about Hendy’s time with the Tannum Sands Surf Lifesaving Club in tomorrow’s edition of The Observer.