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Paddling News Extra - White Water Park News - 3/3/05
GREAT WHITEWATER PARK NEWS

On Friday 25 February the Department of Sport and Recreation received a formal proposal from JK Williams, a NSW company, to develop a white water park in WA.

This will trigger a very serious consideration of the proposal by the Government.

This consideration is a process that must be successful!!!

The proposal may offer full private funding or request some government funding. It could even seek another joint venture partner or there may be other options

We must ensure success from the process of consideration of this proposal.
To do so we are planning to develop wide community awareness of the proposal to ensure we maximise government support.

We are planning a significant press and radio coverage in a couple of weeks time.

Can you help??

Things you can do to help.
Do you have close media contacts?
Do you know a high profile community expert who would be happy endorse the white water park for its recreational, health, social, community, tourism and other benefits?
If so could you please contact me immediately.
Tell all your friends.
Get them to become a Friend of the White Water Park via our website at<http://%20www.whitewaterperth.org.au> www.whitewaterperth.org.au. We already have over 7400 registered "Friends". Membership is free.
Organise 5 of your friends to
write to the paper when a white water park story appears
talk on talkback radio when the white water park becomes a discussion topic
Get at least 5 people to contact the Minister for Sport expressing their support for the white water park. His office may be contacted on 9213 7000 or <mailto:%20bob-kucera@dpc.wa.gov.au> bob-kucera@dpc.wa.gov.au
Get least 5 people to contact the Director General of the Department of Sport and Recreation expressing their support for the white water park. His office may be contacted on 9492 9700 or <mailto:ron.alexander@dsr.wa.gov.au>ron.alexander@dsr.wa.gov.au
Do you know of a company that might be interested in a joint venture?
Please circulate this note to everyone on your mailing list.
Please contact me if you can help or have any ideas on how to mobilise community or government support.

Our goal is to have the Government committed to finding ways to ensure WA gets the white water park.
NOTE There is a lot of information about the whitewater park on our website.
Yours in white water
Colin Thorpe
Coordinator Whitewater Park
Director
Canoeing WA
9386 6842, 0409 88 7011, <mailto:thorpec@icenet.com.au>thorpec@icenet.com.au

 Week 4/March
Just a reminder . . .

that the 2005 World Freestyle Championships (Penrith, NSW) will be televised on Channel 10 this Sunday, 27th March, at 1:00pm - Peter Flowers, Penrith (Thanks to Margie Jeffery and Ann Coulson for letting us know) (I suspect that this is eastern states time - Robyn)

Peters Fremantle to Rottnest Open Water Classic
Organisers are looking for canoeists' input into this revival of an historic swimming event, now geared to paddlers as well. "It's intended for individuals to achieve their goal in a friendly competitive environment." Western Australian Water Polo are the organisers and the 2005 event was held on 19th March. Keen sea racer, Tony Mee, was the winning canoeist.
They intend to create a new section solely for canoeists and a start time specifically for this category of craft in 2006.
For more information about the event go to - <http://www.vicparkpharm.com.au>www.vicparkpharm.com.au

If there's interested paddlers out there who'd like to help the organisers with the canoeing section please contact
John Guilfoyle, Ph/Fax: (08) 9361 8917 or  <mailto:vicparkpharm@iinet.net.au>vicparkpharm@iinet.net.au Otherwise, if you're just keen to take part, keep your eye on the canoeing calendar for the 2006 date.

New Multisport Kayak from Finn Kayaks
Based on the hugely popular Endorfinn racing ski, the Multisport Kayak from Finn Kayaks is set to take the Avon Descent, sea kayaking, kayak touring and racing scenes by storm. With victory for its prototype in the 2003 Avon Descent (LP1), (11hrs:18min:3sec, 22minutes clear of second place) the Multisport already has proven race credibility.
Check out more details here.....  <http://www.finnkayaks.com>www.finnkayaks.com

Avon Descent Course - Mainpeak
Here are six module courses to prepare you for the big event. First session is free. When the river runs there'll be valley trips, as well, to help you learn the rapids. Contact Mainpeak Paddlesports for more details 9284 3759 or check out the website: http://www.mainpeak.com.au/eventlist.aspx?MasterID=119

Very Big Thank You!
to Terry Bolland of Canoeing Downunder from the Sprint commitee members and all of the TID junior squad members. Terry has been very generous in donating prizes for the regattas as well as donating items to the squad to see them on their way to Penrith where they will be participating in the National Sprint Championships. As well they will be competing in the National Marathon Championships afterwards. His generosity is most welcome as the cost to set up the junior athletes with equipment and to send them to Penrith is quite overwhelming. We are sure they will do you proud in the East.

Canning Time Trials
Go <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/?Page=7446>here for weeks 1 and 2 points allocation. Thursday evenings, 5:30 onwards at Canning River Canoe Club, Manning. Here's another generous sponsor: Perth Kayak Centre, Unit 6, 102-104 Norma Road, Booragoon.

Bridge to Bridge
Results will be <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/default.asp?MenuID=Race_Results/385/0,2005/663/7051>here or email <mailto:tassieferal@bigpond.com>tassieferal@bigpond.com for a copy. A good turnout and almost perfect conditions. It's worth the trip down for the southern hospitality - evening social paddle, barbecue dinner and lunch all provided. Generously sponsored by Canoeing Downunder.

Rod Fry Race
Always a challenging race for those in the fast, tippy boats - but a good time was had by all! Results will be <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/default.asp?MenuID=Race_Results/385/0,2005/663/7051>here. Generously sponsored by Mainpeak.

Event Reminders
Bevan Dashwood Dash
- Sunday, 3rd April. 12km on the Canning River, from Hester Park to Shelley Bridge & return or short course to Kent St Weir and back. Rego - 12 midday - 1pm. Organised by slalom committee - contact is Peter Martin, 9277 4704 or <mailto:peter_judy@myaccess.com.au>peter_judy@myaccess.com.au
XXXX Gold - Bridge to Brewery - paddle, swim, run relay - Saturday, 9th April, 2005. Held at South Perth foreshore by Surf Life Saving, WA. Paddle leg is 7km on Perth Water. Reg is 7am - 8:30am. You can enter online at <http://www.bridgetobrewery.iinet.net.au>www.bridgetobrewery.iinet.net.au where there's also more info'.

For Sale
Blue Afinnity sit on top kayak
, good condition, 4.25m long, beam 0.65m, weight 18.5 kilos. Adjustable footrest/rudder, thigh straps, $550. View similiar on . . . <http://www.finnkayaks.com>www.finnkayaks.com Send for a pic or more info' <mailto:dekkedout@iprimus.com.au>dekkedout@iprimus.com.au or phone 0428 943 483 / 9796 1000.
Three (2x red..1x yellow fleck) Eurotraveller double seakayaks -5m long, beam 0.85m, weight..approx 28kgs, deck straps, rear hatch, rudders. Suited to river estuary and also quite capable of handling ocean overnighters. Prices vary ($650-$750) relating to condition...all are seaworthy. Send for a pic or more info' <mailto:dekkedout@iprimus.com.au>dekkedout@iprimus.com.au or phone 0428 943 483 / 9796 1000.

Wanted
Wavehopper
, good cond will pay $800-$900 depending on condition & equip inc. Reply Rob Wallace <mailto:rjwall2@bigpond.net.au>rjwall2@bigpond.net.au
Second hand canoe or kayak. not anything too long and skinny. If you have anything for sale, please phone Phyll Collis, 9841 3925 (Albany)
Single racing/surf ski, Spirit or similar to suit 5'11', around $500-$600. Contact Chad 0409 378 301 or email <mailto:chad.stewart@studentmail.newcastle.edu.au>chad.stewart@studentmail.newcastle.edu.au 16/3/05
Panther or Sprinter marathon boat. Call Ian on 9274 2014
Kayak, Finn Affinity - prefer with rudder and backrest. Would like to get two if possible. Please call Mike 0418 955797 or email <mailto:thebrandz@iinet.net.au>thebrandz@iinet.net.au

Week 5/March
School Holidays Slalom Fun

And you will learn heaps on this five day course as participants are being coached by Zlatan Ibrahimbegovic, who has coached such famous Perthites as Olympian, Robin Bell and current Australian National Champion, Kynan Maley. The aim of the course is to introduce prospective young paddlers to the basic skills of kayaking and slalom kayaking. Zlatan will also be on the lookout for new talent for the state's Development Squad.
11th - 15th April, 9 - 10:30am, at Ascot Kayak Club, Redcliffe
Course costs from $65.
More info' and bookings: Canoeing WA - 9285 8501 or Margaret Jeffery 9293 1909.

Busy Bee
The Power Dinghy Racing Club will be having a busy bee on Sunday, 1st May, at 8am, to reinstall the chute at Extracts Weir ready for the Avon Descent. They would welcome any assistance from paddlers. Starting at 8am and should take 3-4 hours. Refreshments and lunch provided. Any one interested can call Ian Williamson 0418 921 294.

To all Wednesday night racers - from Cathy Fry
From April everyone must have a 360° white light for AKC club races. Time to dig them out and check batteries and bulbs.

Real Adventure Women's Program, Mandurah
Canoeing for women/girls
(over ten years), $10 each - 9am - 11am, Saturday and Sunday, 23rd & 24th April, at the Western Foreshore. Bookings essential - 9550 3621.
Also . . . footy and soccer, 9am-11am, Saturday, 9th April - $5 each, at Rushton Park North. Again, you need to book, 9550 3621.

Kayaking Around Australia
James Warne is retracing Paul Caffyn's legendary 15,731 km paddle around our shores. Keep up to date with his progress here: http://www.kayakaroundaustralia.com/index.htm Click on "Our Diary".

Website for Sea Kayak Club WA
It's part of the Australian Canoeing site - see it here:  <http://www.seakayakwa.canoe.org.au>www.seakayakwa.canoe.org.au

A special thanks . . . from Robyn Harris . . .
to the one and only Terry and Canoeing Down Under from South West Canoe Club, Bunbury, and all the happy participants in this year's Bridge to Bridge race for his support.

Better than Average
As of this morning we have had about 10mm more than the average rainfall for the year to end of March - are you thinking what I am thinking and that this might be a good white water year?! (at last!)

Rod Fry Race
Results are now online: http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/default.asp?MenuID=Race_Results/385/0,2005/663/7051

Event Reminders
Canning Classic
- Sunday, 10th April. 12km Meet at Canning River Canoe Club, Centenary Park, Wilson. Rego from 8:00am, Race will start 9:30am. Seniors $15 members and $20 non, Juniors $10 members and $15 non. All welcome - start your Avon training!

Wanted
Single fibreglass racing surf ski
to suit 5"10' in good condition. Contact Euan on 0404 494 372 or <mailto:euanscameron@ozemail.com.au>euanscameron@ozemail.com.au


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