The Understanding Boys


Conversations about what makes a good man and more

Trevor Hendy

UB Podcast

S1: Trevor Hendy

Trevor Hendy AM is a household name. A former Ironman Australia and professional lifesaver, Trevor Hendy AM, is now a life coach, mentor, author and wholistic personal trainer. Trevor’s journey from lifesaver to sought after motivational speaker is an interesting one – he has won six Australian Open Ironman titles, is a four-time winner of the Uncle Toby’s Super Series and an Australian champion kayak paddler. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2000 for services to the community and surf lifesaving. Trevor acknowledges that fame came at a price early in his career and is now able to reflect on how that made him a better man today.


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01:06 – Introduction
03:57 – What the ocean means to him
09:03 – Sacrifices in professional sports
17:42 – Connection and vulnerability
22:59 – Vibrations, frequencies
26:49 – Having an impact, being a role model
30:51 – Parenting
36:10 – What makes a good man
42:50 – Getting out of the mind
51:33 – What story he would tell a boy



Brought to you by Brighton Grammar School

Season 1

12 episodes
Episode 12

Trevor Hendy

Former Ironman Australia Trevor Hendy AM shares with Dr Ray Swann his journey from professional lifesaver to motivational speaker and life coach, and the lessons that he has learnt along the way. His personal mantra of, ‘these are my perfect conditions’, has served him well and made him a better man today.

Episode 11

Dianne Vella-Brodrick

Head of Research at the Centre for Positive Psychology, Dianne has a special focus on young people while working with all types of organisations to assess and promote wellbeing for all.

Episode 10

Jim Lawrie

This podcast will be a little different to our usual format we’ll explore Jim’s artistry as a young man, talk about growing up and his thoughts on masculinity.

Episode 9

Michael Reichert

Michael explains how the paradigms about boys needing to be stoic and ‘man like’ can actually be destructive and the key to changing the culture lies in how parents, educators and mentors help boys develop socially and emotionally.

51 minutes
Episode 8

Megan De Beyer

International parenting expert Megan De Beyer gives her tips on how to navigate the challenging teenage years and foster connected, meaningful relationships between parents and sons.

48 minutes
Episode 1

Tim Costello

Reverend Tim Costello speaks with Dr Ray Swann about faith and the importance of modelling empathy in the shaping of good men.

33 minutes
Episode 2

Lisa McCune

Lisa McCune, one of Australia’s most successful screen and theatre actors, shares her experiences on mentorship, motherhood and modern manhood.

40 minutes
Episode 3

James Kerr

James Kerr, author of Legacy, discusses how he uses the power of storytelling to reach out to young men and encourage them to have a good understanding of self and authenticity.

31 minutes
Episode 4

Steve Biddulph

Steve Biddulph AM is an Australian author, activist and psychologist who has written a number of influential bestselling books; and lectures worldwide on parenting, and boys’ education.

28 minutes
Episode 5

Simon Rice

Leading mental health researcher, Dr Simon Rice outlines a collaborative research project with BGS around positive masculinity to improve outcomes for boys’ mental health.

34 minutes
Episode 6

Liz Dawes

Liz Dawes speaks earnestly on helping children deal with loss. She shares her son’s own battle with brain cancer and her continued determination to raise awareness and funds for a disease which kills more young people than any other form of cancer.

29 minutes
Episode 7

Jeff Kennett

Jeff Kennett AC, founding Chairman of beyondblue, speaks on what it takes to be a good man today and shares his aspirations to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety in the community.

21 minutes