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1 July, 2021

Blain to carry on father’s Lion legacy

A MAREEBA local recently crowned Lion of the Year intends to carry on the work and legacy of her beloved late father after becoming the first local woman to receive the prestigious accolade.

By Michael Warren

Mareeba’s Petrina Blain was recently crowned Mareeba Lion of the Year and says she wants to carry on the legacy established by her beloved late father Ian, who also made a proud contribution to the local Lions Club.

A MAREEBA local recently crowned Lion of the Year intends to carry on the work and legacy of her beloved late father after becoming the first local woman to receive the prestigious accolade. 

Petrina Blain joined Mareeba Lions two years ago as a way to spend quality time with her dad, Ian Blain, who was retired and to make an ongoing contribution to the great work the Lions do throughout the local community.

 “It’s hard to describe what it feels like to win ‘Lion of the Year’ as all our fellow Lions put in a huge effort,” a humble Ms Blain explained. 

“To me it was very unexpected and a great honour to be recognised by my fellow Lions for what I have put in. 

“After losing my Dad last year I wanted to continue with the Lions in his enthusiastic footsteps and continue doing something he was so passionate about. 

“I could not have done it without the fantastic support of such a great group of my fellow Lions."

Ms Blain pinpointed the opportunity to raise vital funds to support charities like childhood cancer research as a highlight, as well as other fond experiences.

“I’ve been a Lion for almost two years and some of the best memories I have had is being involved in the planning of the overhaul of the community BMX track and doing regular BBQs at Coles and meeting and talking to the locals,” she said. 

“We also volunteer for other groups like the rodeo and Rotary."


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