She’s the total package
AT 15, Byron Bay surf lifesaver Ela Heiniger has already been labelled the total package.
She added junior sports person of the year to her list of achievements at the Byron Shire Council Australia Day awards this week.
Heiniger also competes at state level in athletics and swimming and is in the NSW development squad for surf lifesaving.
"She's very dedicated and focused with what she is doing," Byron Bay surf lifesaving coach Paul Irwin said yesterday.
"Her goal is to (eventually) compete at the elite level in the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Series and I think she cando it."
Heiniger also excels on the academic front and is busy preparing for upcoming State and Australian State surf lifesaving championships.
She won the Under-15 ironwoman and came third in the board and board rescue at the Australian championships at Kurrawa on the Gold Coast last year.
Her older sister Zoe also competes at the Byron Bay club and won a handful of events during the NSW Country Championships at South West Rocks earlier this month.
Ela is in good form, winning the ironwoman, single ski, single ski relay, female board relay and mixed surf team events.
She also finished second in the Under-17 board race and third in the surf race.
"She's very easy to coach and gets out what she puts in," Irwin said.
"I think she shows a lot of promise and will be successful in whatever she does."
Ela started out in nippers at Brunswick Heads before switching to Byron Bay in 2011.