25 years of trophies

TROPHY MAKERS: Eyre Peninsula Trophy and Engraving Services owners Judy and Phil Olsen have marked 25 years in business.
TROPHY MAKERS: Eyre Peninsula Trophy and Engraving Services owners Judy and Phil Olsen have marked 25 years in business.

It's a fact that without the presence of Eyre Peninsula Trophy and Engraving Services over the past 25 years a lot of trophies around the region wouldn't look the same.

Owners Phil and Judy Olsen began their business in Tumby Bay but have resided in their home office across from Edward John Eyre High School for many years now.

Having worked so long in the industry, the couple have borne witness to an evolution in trophy-design. From the wooden creations of old to the life-like resin figures seen today, they have seen it all.

"Something new always comes through the door now," Judy said.

Despite all the hard work behind the scenes Phil says the best part of his job has been interacting with customers.

"We know we're helping out a club or an association...to see how they all work together makes it really great for us," he said.

One of the big turning points for the business was establishing the ability to add a club logo to a trophy in order to personalise it.

"That was really our stable point," Phil said.

"Kids went home with the logo on their trophy which made them happy. Every club or association has a logo of some kind, and we were able to revamp it if required."

Judy said many customers would come into the store with an idea of what they want to be designed, and that would always be workshopped depending on what could be done.

"They might walk out the door with something completely different to what they had a picture of," she said.

A number of unique trophies have been created since the business began 25 years ago, including one that features a beer can awarded to the 'best drinker' of the footy season.

"It's something you don't see every day," Judy said.

The couple are looking forward to servicing sports clubs and associations around Whyalla for many years to come.