Zane Holmes, left, in the 2010 Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman Series.
Zane Holmes, left, in the 2010 Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman Series. Cade Mooneycm

Holmes to host Wave Warriors Junior Challenge

SURF LIFESAVING: Sunshine Coast champion ironman Zane Holmes' dedication to surf lifesaving will continue this weekend when he hosts the Wave Warriors Junior Challenge at Maroochydore beach.

The annual event is now in its fifth year and attracts competitors from across Australia and New Zealand.

The Wave Warriors Junior Challenge is open to competitors aged nine to 15 and is a beach and surf spectacular, set up to mirror the famous Kellogg's Nutr-Grain Ironman Series and promote further development for junior lifesavers in the sport.

Junior lifesavers from across the Coast will hit Maroochydore beach alongside Holmes who will help further develop their skills as they take the next step towards becoming professional ironmen and ironwomen.

Holmes has a 40 year family history in surf lifesaving and is the most successful ironman in surf lifesaving history.

The youngsters will compete in events such as beach sprints, beach flags, surf race, board race and ironman.

"My goal was to create a unique ocean and beach spectacular for junior lifesavers so they can come together from around Australia to participate in an exciting competition," Holmes said.

Wave Warriors have added an Ocean Swim Run which will be held from 7am to 8.30am prior to the Wave Warriors which starts at 9am.

People aged five years to 60-plus can compete in the race which consists of a 200m swim and a 2km beach run.