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WA Paddling News, July, 2001

2/7/01 TO ALL PADDLERS,
WORLD RODEO CHAMPIONSHIPS, SORT, SPAIN (Sunday, 1st July)
Fantastic results for WA! Our Olympic C1 paddler Robin Bell came 2nd in this event (in a Riot Trickster) and Kynan Maley (C1) came 10th. These are the best results EVER for Australia.

Other results for Aussies are Brock Flowers (C1) , 5th and Rob Parker (K1) 30th.

For full coverage of the event go to http://www.kayakinternational.com
I believe Robin's antics which won him 2nd place will be available on video to download from that site, soon.
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FROM COATES HIRE AVON DESCENT COMMITTEE
Owing to the low water levels the closing date for entries in this year's event will be extended to 13th July.
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ALSO FROM COATES HIRE AVON DESCENT COMMITTEE
The Channel Ten stickers (paper based) which have been included in the Avon Descent packs sent out so far will be replaced by new ones available soon.
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FROM MARGARER JEFFERY, SLALOM RACING CO-ORDINATOR
As previously advised, SLALOM RACE 3 will take place on the re-scheduled date of Sunday 8th July at Walyunga, if there is sufficient rain to bring up the water level in the river.

If the rain continues to hold off, the venue will be changed to HESTER
PARK, and the program on Sunday 8th will be as follows:
Pre-race coaching 9am - 10am
Registration 10am
Briefing 10.15am
Race commences 10.30am

We'll make a final decision on the venue by Wednesday and will let you know. Any offers of assistance in the form of judging, time keeping and results compiling will be gratefully accepted. Please could any kind volunteers let me know if they are available.

HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL ON 8TH JULY.
Enquiries 9293 1909
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RACE RESULTS
from the last few weeks:
Bell's to Memorial Avenue DR race
http://members.iinet.net.au/~ascotkay/Down%20River/Bells%20to%20Memorial%20Ave.htm
Sandalford Race <http://www.canoewa.asn.au/raceresults/sandalford2001.htm>http://www.canoewa.asn.au/raceresults/sandalford2001.htm

5/7/01 FROM PETER MARTIN, PRES, AKC
Marathon Race, 8th July

(A short course will be run if enough starters contact Chris Roll before Friday, 6th July.
email <mailto:c-roll@iexpress.net.au>c-roll@iexpress.net.au or phone between 8:30 am and 7:30 pm -- 9451 3027)
Event: The Upper Swan Race - Low Water Course
Meet at Ascot Kayak Club, Garvey Park, Belmont. 25km race
For all classes, all age groups, male & female
Registration: Prior to start. 8:00 am
Briefing: 15 minutes prior to start
Start: Division 6 ( mainly plastics ) start 8:30 am
Divisions 5 - 1, start at 8:45 am, at 2 -- 5 minute intervals

The Race: From AKC jetty, head downstream river left of island, then upstream on the other side, to Middle Swan Bridge, keeping left to avoid returning craft after Sandalford Winery. At Middle Swan Bridge turn clockwise (ie. right hand turn) and keep left again to avoid boats still coming upstream. Return to AKC jetty.

There will be a Sausage Sizzle at the end, provided by the Junior paddlers of AKC. Please support their efforts to catch you!
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FROM MARGARET JEFFERY, SLALOM RACING CO-ORDINATOR
The weather bureau is not forcasting torrential rain between now and
Sunday, so Slalom Race 3 will take place at HESTER PARK. Enquiries 9293 1909
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FROM BRIAN MORGAN, SLALOM CO-ORDINATOR
Due to the poor water situation, we are postponing the Level 1 slalom coaching course until later in July (near the end of the school holidays). Final date and other information will be sent whan finalised.

11/7/01 WALYUNGA WATER LEVEL
For new paddlers who may not already know, if you're paddling at or through Walyunga please email the wooden gauge water level reading and the time, date to me:
rokhor@iinet.net.au
I place the readings on my website (click on Water Levels in main navigation bar at the top and follow links to Walyunga Wooden Gauge readings). This gives more up-to-date info than the Ranger has time to provide. The Ranger records the level on the canoeing association's short message line, 9487 8855, about twice a week, more when necessary.

Many people still prefer to use the Walyunga wooden gauge as their guide to the river level rather than the Water & Rivers Commission's levels provided for Toodyay and Great Northern Highway on their website.

By the way, Tuesday afternoon's level was 0.3m & rising slowly.
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FROM PETER MARTIN - AVON DESCENT SCRUTINEERING, SUNDAY, 22ND JULY
Volunteers are needed to help out - if you can, contact Phil Kitney 9457 2165 or   <mailto:P_HKitney@bigpond.com>P_HKitney@bigpond.com   Start 8:30 am , generally finishing 12:00 noon.
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FROM WAYNE GALBRAITH - NANGA CHALLENGE
The Nanga Challenge is on once again. WA's toughest off road multisport event will be held on Sunday, 9th September, 2001. The race consists of 11km Paddle, 23km Mountain Bike and 9km Cross Country Run. Entry forms are starting to appear in outdoor/sports stores but if you can't find one email Wayne Galbraith - wayne@civil.uwa.edu.au
Entries will be limited to 100 kayaks on the water. This will be a combination of both individuals and teams.
A pre-race orientation will be held on Saturday, 1st September, 2001 - although once the Avon is over you will find people training over the course on most weekends. Sponsored by Mountain Designs. Enquiries? Please email Wayne
More details are at: http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/nang.chall.html
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FROM COLIN PRIEST - NEW PADDLING COURSE FOR JUNIORS AT SWAN CANOE CLUB
On 24th July we will be starting a new intake of beginners which will run for a school term (10 weeks) at a cost of $20 for members and $30 for non members. Juniors that have completed their basic skills and passed their skills
assessment can enrol in the intermediate class which will teach advanced strokes and introduce students to kayak disciplines.
(Intermediate class is $20 - for members only)
For enrolments or more information contact:
Colin Priest 9446 5505
Brian Morgan 9382 3548 Numbers are limited.
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POSSELT'S TO WALYUNGA DOWN RIVER RACE, 15th July???
At the time of this emailout it has not been announced whether this race will be held, postponed or cancelled. When the decision has been made I will place it on the local paddlers' page of my website. http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe
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UPPER SWAN MARATHON RESULTS
Click URL below for results of Sunday, 8th July's modified course. Thanks to Peter Carter, AKC's webmaster. http://members.iinet.net.au/~ascotkay/mara/Marathon%202000/marathon%208%2008-07-01.htm

17/7/01 FROM DEANNE JONES, AVON DESCENT CO-ORDINATOR
By now you may have heard that the race has been cancelled, delayed or a non event. Luckily for everyone, such rumours are completely unfounded. Yes, we as an organising committee are extremely concerned about the low water levels and the effect this is going to have on the race. No-one is denying that the water is at is lowest in Avon Descent memory. However, we are at the mercy of the elements and we are seriously hoping that the forecast rain for this weekend delivers what we desperately need. In the meantime we are planning to conduct the race as planned (4th and 5th of August) and scrutineering this weekend. At the compulsory briefing (10.30am on Sunday) Jim Smith will be discussing options for the day 1 leg of the course if the rain fails to come. The second day of the race should go ahead as in previous years, it will be hard slog, but achievable. In the meantime, please be assured that we are working hard to conduct a race that has the best interests of you, the competitors, sponsors, spectators and your support people. We want this to work in conditions unique to a unique year. Please spread this message to your fellow competitors and assure them that we will be conducting the race as planned. RegardsDeanne Jones ======================================================
Deanne Jones
(Event Coordinator)
Coates Hire Avon Descent Visit our Website for excellent information
<http://www.avondescent.asn.au>www.avondescent.asn.au _____________________________________________
PO Box 555
NORTHAM WA 6010
Ph 0500 556 755
Fax 0500 558 755 See you on the 4th and 5th of August, 2001

20/7/01 FROM DEANNE JONES, AVON DESCENT CO-ORDINATOR
Clayton Brown of Victoria is passing through town and would like to have a crack at the Avon Descent. He is a Kayaker with approx 25 years experience. He would love to find out if anyone is chasing a partner. Contact me if you're looking for a paddler 0500 556 755 or email avondescent@wn.com.au
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FROM MARGARETJEFFREY, SLALOM RACING CO-ORDINATOR
Slalom Race 4 will take place this Sunday, 22nd July at Ascot Kayak Club (not Walyunga). Avon Descent Scrutineering will take place in the morning (8am to midday) and we will hold the race in the afternoon.

The program will be as follows:
Pre-race coaching 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Registration 2.00pm
Briefing 2.15pm
Race commences 2.30pm
Any offers of assistance in the form of judging, time keeping and results, compiling will be gratefully accepted. Please could any volunteers let me know if they are available. 9293 1909
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FROM PETER MARTIN, PRES, AKC
Slalom comes to Ascot.
This is also part of a rain making ritual so would like as many paddlers as possible to turn up and display their skill at this session.

The form is :-
1. It has rained at all slalom races this year,
2. It has rained at all Ascot Kayak Race events (last 2 anyway )
3. If lots of people turn up for a slalom race at AKC, it follows that
there will be lots of rain. Simple Logic, ah what.

Check what Dan has to say at :- http://members.iinet.net.au/~ascotkay/
and go to the Weather by Dan page

26/7/01 FROM DEANNE JONES, AVON DESCENT CO-ORDINATOR
We have a competitor (Dale Raynes) who entered late on Sunday. Unfortunately he took his form away (we have his money!!) so we can't follow up on his entry. `If anyone knows who Dale is and how we can contact him. Please phone me 0500 556 755 or email: avondescent@wn.com.au
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HELP!
Paddler Richard Baker is in need of some support on the bank for the Avon Descent. If you can help out please phone him 9390 5546 or 0403 587 042.
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MORE WATER LEVEL SITES
Water & Rivers Commission are continually adding more telemetred sites onto the internet. You can check out the rivers now covered at: http://www.wrc.wa.gov.au/waterinf/telem/table.htm
Then just click on the name or number of the site you're interested in for the graph of the water level of the last six days.
Good news: the Blackwood River at Bridgetown is amongst the new sites.
More news: at this stage the Walyunga site (downstream of lower car park) is unlikely to be reconnected.
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SOUTHERN MARATHONS
Mark these dates for fun sporting weekends: the Blackwood Marathon will be held Saturday, 27th October and the Donnybrook Marathon will be held Saturday, 24th November (always the last Saturday in November). The proposed new Collie Marathon (in lieu of Moodiarrup Marathon) will be held first Saturday in October - this year , 6th October. All details are not finalised for the Collie event - more news later on this. For info on the proposed canoe leg have a look at:
http://www.geo.net.au/~mart/CRVMR/canoe_stage.htm
Thanks to Marty Wallace for the info.
If you are new and need to know more details on these events go to: http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe and click on "Other Events" at top of page.
And don't forget the Nanga Challenge, Dwellingup, Sunday, 9th September.

30/7/01 To all Avon Descenters
Water level at Walyunga this afternoon is 0.85m and rising!

As promised by the weatherman the rain went inland, with over 50 mm rain falling in Northam overnight.

The Avon Descent Committee expects the water level next weekend to be similar to last year - a very paddleable level.
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