Emo­tion runs high for Monto’s pow­er­lift­ing coach

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - SAM TURNER

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.

Pic­ture: Sam Turner

BACK HOME: Wil­liam “Bill” Nan­car­row said it was great to be back in his home­town of Monto for the Aus­tralia Day awards.

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