This photograph is a tribute to my late brother-in-law, Gary Tierney. Gary died in an accident whilst competing in the Adelaide classic car rally on the 19th November 2009. His navigator also died in the accident. As well as being a keen rally driver, Gary was also highly active in the surf life saving movement. He was a member of the Point Leo surf life saving club for over 40 years. Over this time he was a club champion, club captain, and club president. Today, Boxing Day 2009, is a significant day in the Point Leo surf life saving club calendar. It is the day of two major surf races, the ‘John Marshall’ and the Point Leo swim classic, two races in which Gary excelled over many years.
Today his family and friends wore orange ribbons to commemorate his passing. The photograph is the senior section of the ‘classic’, Gary would have most likely participated in this section, and probably won. It was not to be.


  • David  Hibberd
    David Hibberdabout 5 years ago

    Cool shot mate.

  • Glenn Stephenson
    Glenn Stephensonabout 5 years ago

    A great tribute Adrian, and a wonderful image.

  • John Conway
    John Conwayabout 5 years ago

    A sad tale but a fitting tribute, I’m sure he will be well remembered Adrian.

    This is a tremendous image, you really have a special way of treating each photo and putting your “stamp” all over it.

  • Annette Blattman
    Annette Blattmanabout 5 years ago

    a fantastic image Adrian, and a fitting tribute. I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 5 years ago

    Oh Adrian, I’m sorry to hear of your loss! This is a very fitting tribute, and a great reminder of the joy these competitors feel when they get out there and race! Fantastic image!

  • Kym Howard
    Kym Howardabout 5 years ago

    A lovely Tribute Adrian well done and a loving memory

  • Jeff Stroud
    Jeff Stroudabout 5 years ago

    Wondrous tribute! Great energy of movement in this photograph! Wondrous work!

  • robarmstrong
    robarmstrongabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture!

  • ElRobbo
    ElRobboabout 5 years ago

    RIP Gary – Long live his memory!
    You’re a good brother, Adrian!
    A superb image!

  • Margaret Metcalfe
    Margaret Metcalfeabout 5 years ago

    fantastic shot

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