Marion Dreyer, Indiana West and Troy West at Elliott Heads beach.
Marion Dreyer, Indiana West and Troy West at Elliott Heads beach. Mike Knott

One happy lifesaving family

ELLIOTT Heads Surf Life Saving Club is very much family oriented and it is a perfect fit for Bundaberg couple Troy West and Marion Dreyer and their daughter Indiana.

Together, they spend much time at the beach, with Troy and Marion doing regular patrols as well as going the “extra mile” and holding committee positions, and Indiana a keen nippers competitor.

Troy, who was formerly a junior lifesaver with the Coffs Harbour club about 30 years ago, got involved again when Indiana, who is now 12, joined Elliott Heads five years ago.

A sales representative by occupation, Troy has since given outstanding service to both the club and the community, and he took out the 2008-09 Wide Bay Capricorn Branch Lifesaver of the Year award and the Patrol Member of the Year.

He was also a patrol captain until last season, and took on the position of clubhouse director four years ago.

He still holds that portfolio, overseeing all maintenance and modifications.

Troy is also a former age team manager.

Marion was born in Germany and, despite emigrating to Australia 14 years ago, she had no lifesaving experience until Troy talked her into joining Elliott Heads in his second season with the club.

Marion, who works as a hairdresser, gained her bronze medallion and last season she received the club's award for highest patrol hours with 100.

She also works hard as its fundraising officer, including organising their annual ham wheels, Easter raffle, and raffles at their various carnivals.

Marion said any members of the public who wanted to support the club could do so by purchasing tickets in their raffles at the Tattersalls Hotel each Saturday from 1pm.

Indiana said “having fun with friends” was what she liked most about the club.

But she is also a good competitor, being part of the team that finished third in the beach relay at the recent branch titles.

Despite qualifying for the state titles with that placing, Indiana said she would not be able to compete due to their clash with the Netball Challenge Cup, where she will compete for her school St Mary's.



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