Emotion runs high for Monto’s powerlifting coach
POWERLIFTING: Paralympic powerlifting coach William “Bill” Nancarrow’s homecoming as an Australia Day ambassador to present awards was an emotional experience.
Born and bred in Monto, Nancarrow had not seen some locals for nearly 40 years.
“Originally I was going to Biggenden, then they had a change since I was a local Monto boy,” he said. “The possibility of me coming here meant they made the change.
“I didn’t find out until last Thursday (January 23).”
Nancarrow’s life is a testament to perseverance and ambition.
He left Monto in the 1980s and became involved in powerlifting in 2000 after a motorcycle accident in Townsville.
He took his sport to the next level, “coaching some of the toughest Australian athletes you will ever meet”.
Such was his coaching prowess, Nancarrow took part in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
In his opening address at
Monto, he discussed his pride and admiration in seeing those with disabilities reach the pinnacles of their sport.
“The words ‘you can’t’ or ‘should not’ isn’t an option with these athletes,’’ Nancarrow said, his words resonating with the crowd.
BACK HOME: William “Bill” Nancarrow said it was great to be back in his hometown of Monto for the Australia Day awards.