Broken leg only blemish on Holdt's service record

MURRAY HILLS
Last updated 05:00 24/01/2013
Brian Holdt
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STALWART: Paritutu’s Brian Holdt has just been ‘‘super’’ for Taranaki bowls.

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Paritutu's Brian Holdt is your super supervisor.

He's been doing the job of section supervisor for more than 30 years and has missed only one Taranaki Open fours bowls tournament since taking up the sport in 1975.

"My first year supervising was in 1979. I had a little help that year and have only missed supervising a section on one occasion - the 100th jubilee year in 2005," he said while filling out a chart at the Vogeltown greens yesterday.

"I broke my leg in three places. My wife [Colleen] wasn't holding the ladder. I was painting and had about two feet to go. I thought I could reach it, but I couldn't. The plank and I parted company and I fell five feet."

Now in his 38th season of bowls, Holdt is enjoying his role as much as ever.

"The guys give me a bit of stick, but I give it back. Most of the sections I've had over the years have been pretty good."

Holdt's best year in the fours was in 1978 when the team he was playing for finished second.

Nearly 20 years later, Holdt teamed with George Walker to win the pairs title in 1997.

"I've got two Taranaki Centre titles . . . the open triples and the new year fours. My first was 11 years after I started playing bowls and the second 11 years later . . . I'm well overdue for a third."

As for this year? Holdt and his team of Walker (three), Roly "Rowdy" McCartain and Kevin Wood have had four wins and need both games today to qualify for post-section play.

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