TJ Hendy






2020/2021 SERIES




Name: Trevor Hendy Junior (TJ or Teej)
Competitive club: Surfers Paradise SLSC
Original Club: Surfers Paradise SLSC
Best round of 2019/20: Round 1 - 7th
Best series finish: 5th Place in the 2019/20 Nutri-Grain Series
Aussie Titles Results:  2019 Open Ironman - 3rd, 2018 Board Relay - 2nd, 2017 Board Relay - 2nd, 2015 Board Rescue - 1st


TJ Hendy considers himself more of a ‘waterman’ and an ‘ocean lover’ than a professional Nutri-Grain IronMan. He is the son of the legendary Trevor Hendy, but he is quickly creating a name for himself with several podium finishes over his IronMan career. TJ prides himself on his transition and strives to be a fully rounded IronMan that can make moves when needed in any discipline. A Surfers Paradise man through and through, TJ also enjoys surfing, golfing, and watching AFL, and UFC.

TJ, how old were you when youstarted surf lifesaving and why?

16, late start but loved the ocean my whole life and wanted to be a surfer growing up. I luckily was in the right place at the right time and trained at Surfers Paradise one afternoon. I instantly fell in love with the feeling of pushing my limits in the ocean.

Who was your hero growing up in and out of surf lifesaving?

My Dad. Obviously biased but in my eyes he is the GOAT, although I love hearing the arguments of who the best ever is. I also loved Shannon Eckstein and still love Ali Day, my training partner. If Ali wins an Aussie Ironman title I think he goes into the conversation of best evers with a bit different resume.

What is the best piece of advice that you have ever been given?

Trust your intuition. Very important in our sport.

Your advice for aspiring Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain athletes?

Hard work is great but skills and ocean awareness are just important in our sport. Keep a balance.

What do you think about during a race?

I don’t think a heap, just do what I practice at training and try to be positive if any negatives pop up.

TJ, what has been a high and low in your IronMan journey?

High: Winning, travelling with mates and the lifestyle make it so fun.

Low: Injury and sickness have made it hard at times, but they’re worth working through for the ups.

Do you have any race day superstitions?

Don’t believe in them, I feel they come from fear and lack of control in the result. These things I try to embrace.

How do you relax away from competition?

I feel going away for a competition is relaxing most of the time and usually come home refreshed unless I have a shocker race. But just doing any of my hobbies if I’m stressed makes it all better.