Zane Holmes, and a host of other leading surf lifsavers, will be at Lennox Head today and tomorrow for a nipper camp. AAP
Zane Holmes, and a host of other leading surf lifsavers, will be at Lennox Head today and tomorrow for a nipper camp. AAP

Former world champ Zane Holmes here to teach nippers

By ADAM HICKS sport@northernstar.com.au SOMEONE had to tell him. Former world champion Ironman Zane Holmes was yesterday preparing to host the weekend nipper camp with 100 kids at Lennox Head, oblivious to news that another local beach had been cleared because of sharks. blivious, that was, until he got a call from The Northern Star.

Northern Star: Zane, are you worried about sharks in the water?

Holmes: I've been involved in lifesaving for 20 years. I'm out in the water everyday and I'd be able to count the amount of shark sightings I've had on one hand.

Northern Star: We've had more than 30 sightings since the start of October and a few weeks ago a Kitesurfing event was postponed at Lennox because three tiger sharks were hanging around swimmers. The next day, three white pointers were spotted in the same area.

Holmes: I didn't really want to know that. We might just have to stick to the board and ski and leave the swimming.

Holmes and some of the country's highest profile surf life saving competitors will be showing local nippers what it takes to be the best in the sport during the two-day Dolphin Surf Craft nipper camp.

"We'll do our normal Saturday training session and the kids can join in with us and watch what we do," he said.

"Afterwards we'll have a question session and they can ask us whatever they want and get some autographs."

The camp starts from 8am today and runs to Sunday afternoon.

Holmes and the Northcliffe Surf Club senior training squad will be on the beach today with a second crew coming to town tomorrow including world surf ski champion Nick Crilly.

Holmes said while a shark in the water would pose a threat, often sightings get blown out of proportion.

"I guess it is a worry, but the hype gets blown out of proportion a little bit," he said.

Besides meeting their heroes, the kids will learn about surf skills, diet, and training regimes.

Each participant will also have a training session filmed and later critiqued on a screen in the club.

Holmes will be in action in front of Lennox Head Surf Club from 10am today.



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