Published on 2 November 2012
2 November 2012
Four members of a legendary surf lifesaving family were inducted into the Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame at the University of the Sunshine Coast last night (Thursday 1 November).
Siblings Zane Holmes, Kirsty Holmes and Denby Stokes and Denby’s husband Brad Stokes are now featured alongside the region’s most illustrious sporting talent in the Hall of Fame, housed at USC’s Indoor Sports Stadium.
A crowd of 100 people attended the induction ceremony at which the four athletes were honoured with short presentations about their outstanding individual careers. Details included:
• Brad Stokes was a dominant force in ironman racing, winning three consecutive Queensland junior ironman titles as well as 13 Australian gold medals and 41 Australian medals in total. Stokes was the Nutri-Grain Ironman Competitor of the Series in 1999, and has been an Australian surf lifesaving representative 13 times. Stokes also captained the Queensland surf lifesaving team on two separate occasions and was the first person to represent Australia at four successive world championships. After retiring from competition, Stokes has concentrated on pool and lifesaving coaching.
• Denby Holmes was one of the first contracted athletes in the inaugural Ironwoman series. She won multiple titles, including several Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain races, seven Australian lifesaving medals and numerous international medals. The two-time Australian representative was named the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Competitor of the Series in 1999. She also won the 2000 World Board Championship and the International Ironwoman Championship.
• Zane Holmes has claimed every major ironman title including two world titles, 22 Australian medals, five state titles, five Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman titles and the Coolangatta Gold Championship title. Zane Holmes is also the only person to win the surf lifesaving “grand slam” (State title, Australian title, world title, Coolangatta Gold, and series championship) and, in 2007, he won the inaugural Surf Sports Athlete of the Year award.
• Kirsty Holmes was the first female athlete to win ironwoman, board and ski individual events at both State and Australian levels. Kirsty has also won two Australian open ironwoman championships and two open ski championships. Having represented Australia five times, Kirsty was the Goodwill Games ironwoman and board race champion and also participated in 10 Molokai to Oahu ski, outrigger canoe and one-man canoe races with five wins, three seconds and two third placings.
The Sports Hall of Fame ceremony at USC also featured the presentation of two Certificate of Merit awards to well-known Sunshine Coast identities.
Dell Parkyn was recognised for her contribution to hockey and Alan Rasmussen was honoured for his coaching and development of junior outrigger paddling.
— Terry Walsh