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.