Mourners lay flowers at the Coogee memorial for those who lost their lives in the Bali nightclub bombings. Photo: Brianne Makin
Eleven years have passed and Kristie McKeon is, as she says, "all grown up now", but the memories have not faded.
Ms McKeon was just 12 when her mother Lynette and sister Marissa, then 14, were killed in the Bali bombings.
She survived the horrific attack on the Sari Club in Kuta on October 12, 2002, along with her father, Ross, who suffered burns to 25 per cent of his body and spent more than a year recovering.
Kristie McKeon lost her mother Lynette and her sister Marissa in the 2002 Bali bombings. She and her dad Ross survived. Photo: Brianne Makin
Much of her teenage years were spent battling nightmares and sleepless nights wondering why her family had been caught up in the terrorist attacks, but as the years have passed, Ms McKeon has been able to find peace.
The fitness instructor, who addressed the Bali commemoration ceremony at Dolphins Point in Coogee on Saturday, said she would never forget the two most important female influences in her life.
"I spent lonely nights in bed wondering why it happened to us," Ms McKeon, 23, told the crowd in Coogee.
But Ms McKeon is now engaged to a professional athlete, travelling the world and happy.
"It can happen to anyone at any time ... family is something I lost but I hope to find again," she said.
Eighty-eight Australians were killed in the attack, including 43 from New South Wales and 20 from Sydney's eastern suburbs.
Pat Yeo, the father of Gerard who was the youngest Coogee Dolphins team member killed in Bali, told the ceremony he would never forget receiving the phone call warning him to "brace himself" for bad news.
Gerard, who grew up in Dubbo, was 20 when he died and had moved to Coogee to work with his older brother.
Mr Yeo said the family tried to remember Gerard's life, not the horror of his death.
"Not long before departing for Bali, Gerard was telling his sister-in-law Judy that he was going to Garuda – not realising that Garuda was the airline," Mr Yeo said. "Oh, that innocence."
Meanwhile, hopes to turn the site of the Sari Club, now a makeshift car park, into a peace park have taken a step forward with plans unveiled Saturday. The park would include a sculpture with 202 poles, representing each life lost.