Medals are there for the taking

THE door is open for rivals clubs to reel in the medals at next month’s (April 2-10) Australian Surf Life Saving Championships at Kurrawa with Northcliffe legend Zane Holmes forced to withdraw for the second year in a row due to on-going back problems.

“I haven’t been able to train properly since the final round of the KNG Series in Noosa and then suffered another flare up in the discs trying to train,” Holmes said.

“Taking into consideration my current fitness level and the risk of causing further damage I will be withdrawing from the remainder of this season. I hope to be back better than ever for next year’s championships.”

Holmes’ absence will again be a bitter blow to Australia’s champion club Northcliffe who have relied so heavily on his expertise to bolster their teams since 2007.

The winner of 21 Aussies gold medals between 1999 and 2009, he has won 13 gold medals over the three Australian Championships for Northcliffe between 2007 and 2009 – 11 of them in team’s events.

Holmes has been a part of Northcliffe’s victorious Taplin Relay teams, surf teams, board relay and ski relay combinations as well as taking individual crowns in the open surf race in 2007 and open belt in 2009.

The 29-year-old will also be a non starter at this month’s Queensland State Championships on March 26 and 27.



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