Byron’s Heiniger continues to impress at Lollback Memorial
THERE was more success for Byron Bay SLSC competitor Ela Heiniger in the sixth annual Jacob Lollback Memorial Board Race at Yamba.
Heiniger won the Under-19 female 2km event on Saturday and the Under-19 female Dash For Cash.
Some blow-ups in the first leg of the men's open race showed just how much the event has come to mean to surf lifesavers.
Men's open 4km winner Luke Cuff (Mermaid Beach) said Lollback would have been thrilled to see an event in his name mean so much.
"It's become such a big event now that when you're out there you will do just about anything you can to win," Cuff said.
"There were some guys in the race who have won it before, like Wes Berg, and you know they go all out.
"There were a couple of big blow-ups - it got pretty willing there at times."
Cuff said Lollback had been a role model for him when he was coming through the junior ranks of the sport.
"Jacob had just come to the club to train under Wes (Berg) and as a 14 or 15-year-old I absolutely looked up to him," Cuff said.
"Everyone could see he was going to be a champion of the sport. Losing him so young was a tragedy."
Lollback drowned in a diving accident six years ago, aged 20.
Jordan Mercer (Noosa Heads) won the women's open 4km event.
Apart from Heiniger, other Far North Coast competitors to feature included Jayden Morgan (Byron Bay), third in the Under-19 female 2km; Jy Timperley (Byron Bay), third in the Under-17 boys 2km; and Harrison Murphy (Byron Bay), who won the Under-17 boys Dash For Cash.
Paul Davis (Brunswick) came third in the Over-40 male 2km and won the Over-40 male Dash For Cash; Helen Murray (Byron Bay), who won the Over-40 female 2km and came second in the Dash For Cash.