Swim club honours crash victim
A LOCAL swimming club has stopped to pay tribute to their long-standing member Elizabeth Walker, who tragically died in a car crash near Howard on September 30.
Elizabeth, Liz to her friends, was remembered as a fun-loving and generous soul by the Hervey Bay Humpbacks Masters Swimming Club, where she had been a member for the past 17 years.
The club halted competition on Sunday to hold a moment's silence for Ms Walker, who died with four members of her family when their four-wheel driver collided with a semitrailer head-on on the Bruce Highway.
Swimmers wore black armbands and held a minute's silence to honour the memory of the 62-year-old woman, who was due to compete with them at the Maryborough Masters Games at the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre that day.
Humpbacks president Gary Dunlop delivered a tribute speech to the woman who went out of her way to help others.
"She was very fun-loving," Mr Dunlop told the Chronicle. "She was always willing to get in and help with anything in the club, a very active member.
"As for her swimming, she was a natural at butterfly."
Ms Walker, a Torquay resident, had been a member of the Hervey Bay Humpbacks since 1995.
Mr Dunlop said she and her long-term de-facto partner, Rex Laughton, who was also killed in the crash, could often be found participating in community activities, such as sausage sizzles and fundraisers.
Mr Dunlop said Ms Walker and Mr Laughton would be sadly missed.
"They were just great friends with everyone in the club as well," he said.
"It's been very difficult for everyone at the moment."
The crash that claimed Ms Walker's life also killed her 97-year-old mother Helen, who lived in Hervey Bay, her brother Robert and his wife Lily, both from Forest Lake.
A combined funeral service for the five family members will be held in Sumner, south of Brisbane, this Thursday.