No time to rescue medals from blaze

Shani Amos.
Shani Amos.

The 22-year-old returned to Perth on January 12 to hear her childhood home, where she still lived with her mum, was in the path of the ferocious hills bushfire.

The power of the inferno left no time for them to return to gather anything of sentimental value.

The flames surged and took everything.

Photo albums were lost, as well as Amos’ extensive collection of basketball trophies.

‘Nothing was salvageable from the home,’ Amos said.

‘It was mum’s prized possession to have a cabinet full of trophies; unfortunately they were all in the fire. We found a few of the plaques from the trophies, which was something little I guess.’

But luckily, her 2013 championship medallion she won with the Wanneroo Wolves was not in the home at the time of the blaze.

‘I think that’s going to be cherished forever,’ she said.

While devastated by what happened, Amos has moved on quickly. The tenacious point guard was back on a plane with the Waves and heading to Sydney just four days after the events of January 12.

She has been living with her mum in a hotel paid for by their insurance company.

Despite all that had happened, Amos was still able to laugh at the irony of having recently moved some belongings from their shed into the house for safe keeping.

The shed survived.

‘In hindsight we probably shouldn’t have cleaned it up,’ she said.

‘We still had a few limited photos in there from when we were kids, so it was good for my mum to at least have something come out of it.’

Anyone wishing to assist the Amos family can contact the Wanneroo Wolves via wolfpacksbl@gmail.com.