Friends of Jake Kedzlie staged a paddle out in his honour on Sawtell Beach this morning.
Friends of Jake Kedzlie staged a paddle out in his honour on Sawtell Beach this morning. Frank Redward

Moving tributes to Jake Kedzlie

FRIENDS and family of the late Jake Kedzlie have paid tribute to the teenager by staging a paddle-out on Sawtell Beach this morning.

Forming a circle in the water in his memory, friends and family shared one of the 15-year-old's great loves, an early morning surf on sunrise.

Up to 200 surfers took to the water to remember their mate.  

The paddle-out followed yesterday's funeral at Rex Hardaker Oval where around 500 people celebrated the life of former Origin great Tommy Raudonikis' grandson, who died after suffering a head injury during a junior rugby league match.

Speaking of the family's great loss, Jake's father Jy said his son's legacy would live on in his siblings.

"It was an honour and a privilege to have a son like you," Mr Kedzlie said.

Following the funeral, the Sawtell Panther's club unveiled a new scoreboard in Jake's honour.

"A fitting tribute for a man who put a lot of points up there," club president Col Adams said.

A mural of Jake has also been painted at the ground.

Fundraising continues in aid of the Kedzlie family.

Donations can be made to the Jake Kedzlie Memorial Fund through the Sawtell NAB branch:
BSB: 082 821
Account number: 155 435 412 


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